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MC

Maryville (Tenn.) used a strong defensive effort and constant pressure to defeat No.14 Emory 62-46 on Saturday on MC's Randy Lambert Court.

The first nine minutes featured a tie at 10 until Maryville went on an 8-0 run the next six minutes with key baskets by Donja Robbins and Lauren Burnett. The Scots advanced to an eleven-point advantage when Robbins connected on a three with a minute left before the half. Maryville closed out the first period, which had nine fast break points and 14 points in the paint with 31-20 halftime lead.

Four key turnovers allowed the Scots to push to a 17-point advantage in the first ten minutes of the second half. A Mackenzie Puckett jumper gave MC a 42-25 lead with nine minutes left in the game. Puckett's three-pointer at the 4:43 mark extended Maryville's lead to 21 points and the Scots cruised to their fourth consecutive victory.

Emory (8-1) had three players score in double figures. Savannah Morgan was five-for-10 from the field for a team-high 13 points. Hannah Lilly and Danielle Landry each posted a dozen points. Selena Castillo and Misha Jackson were strong on the boards with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. The Eagles finished shooting 19-for-70 for a 27 percent effort, going only 6-for-24 (25 percent) from beyond the arc.

Maryville (5-1) was paced by Tayler Smith in the post. Smith was 9-for-13 for a game-high 23 points while also bringing down seven boards. Kiera Payne was strong under the basket with a game-high 14 rebounds to help MC outrebound the Eagles. Alex Bond, Lauren Burnett and Mackenzie Puckett each added eight points to a Scots offense that shot 42 percent and 81 percent from the free throw line. MC's defense forced 16 Eagles turnovers while recording seven steals. Lailah Farmer and Kiera Payne shared the ball effectively posting five and four assists, respectively.