Junior Hannah Lilly scored a game-high 16 points to lead three double-figure scorers as Emory defeated Huntingdon in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles registered their sixth consecutive victory and raised their overall record to 24-3 following the 88-62 triumph against the Hawks, who ended their season with a record of 19-10.
Emory ended the game shooting 46.7 percent from the floor (35 of 75) from the floor and held Huntingdon to just 29.6 percent (16 of 54), the fifth time this year it had held an opponent to less than 30 percent. The Eagles held an edge on the glass, grabbing 52 boards to the Hawks’ 37. Senior Misha Jackson led Emory in that category with 12 rebounds, her 11th double-figure effort in that category this season.
Emory’s defense played a key role in the win, coming up with 20 steals and forcing 27 Huntingdon miscues. The Eagles finished with a 28-13 edge in the points off turnovers in that department.
Emory seized control of the game early on, using a 14-1 run that turned a one-point advantage into a 29-15 cushion with 9:30 left in the first half. Lilly scored seven of her 12 first-half points in that stretch, while Jackson, senior Danielle Landry and junior Savannah Morgan all chipped in buckets.
Holding a 12-point lead with 8:35 left, Emory kept the Hawks scoreless for a five-minute stretch while rattling off 16 unanswered points to bolt to a 45-17 margin. Lilly and junior Marissa Resnick started the bombardment with back-to-back triples while freshman Ilene Tsao added four points.
Emory ended the half shooting 50 percent (21 of 42) from the floor in zooming to an insurmountable 53-28 lead at halftime.
The Eagles continued to dominate the game throughout the second half, totaling a 22-2 run that stretched their lead to 43 points with 12 minutes left in the game.
Lilly ended up converting 6 of 12 from the floor and drained a pair of 3-pointers in posting her 19th double-figure performance of the year. Resnick contributed a season-best 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Morgan rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points.