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Flying Dutch keeps flying

hope, champs

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Guard Megan Kelley's career-high 25 points helped the Flying Dutch outlast Wisconsin-La Crosse 75-70 in overtime in the championship game of the RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic Saturday.

Nationally ranked Hope improved to 11-0 overall by outscoring La Crosse by an 11-6 margin during the five-minute overtime period.

Kelley was named tournament MVP. Kelley went 10-of-12 from the foul line for the Flying Dutch. She also grabbed seven rebounds, including six on the offensive end.

Sophomore forward Maura McAfee also represented Hope on the all-tournament team. McAfee added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Hope. Thirteen of the points came after halftime.

Senior guard Brittany Berry chipped in 11 points for Hope, including three 3-pointers.

All-tournament selection Rachel Atchison led La Crosse (6-5) with 17 points off the bench. Teammate Marina Kneeland also made the all-tournament team after scoring 12 points.

No. 10 Emory 66, Randolph 42

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Emory senior Hannah Lilly scored a game-high 17 points for the second consecutive day and the No. 10-ranked squad remained perfect on the year after posting a victory against Randolph in its final game of the St. Petersburg Classic. The Eagles upped their record to 9-0 following a 66-42 decision over the Wildcats who slipped to 8-3.

Lilly knocked down six-of-11 field goal opportunities, including five of her eight attempts from three-point range, in notching her eighth double-figure scoring game in as many outings. Senior Selena Castillo rounded out the team's double-figure scorers with 11 points while leading the Eagles' effort on the glass with a career-high tying nine rebounds. Senior Savannah Morgan aided in the win by dishing out seven assists. 

Emory's defense rose to the occasion once again, holding Randolph to just 27.6 percent (16-of-58) from the field, an opponent low this year, while badgering the WildCats into 33 turnovers that led to 27 Eagle points. Castillo, along with sophomores Ilene Tsao and Khadijah Sayyid, all recorded three steals as Emory totaled 12 thefts, the eighth outing of double figures in that category this season.

With both teams struggling to find the mark from the floor during the opening 20 minutes of action, freshman Shellie Kaniut scored all nine of her points in helping Emory to a 29-19 advantage at the break. After trading baskets within the opening 30 seconds of the second stanza, Lilly hit back-to-back triples over a 27-second span, fueling a 12-0 blitz that saw Emory hold Randolph scoreless for nearly seven minutes as it stretched its cushion to 43-21. The closest the Wildcats would get from that stage was 18 points with 11:16 on the clock. Emory would lead by as many as 25 points, 62-37, with 2:52 remaining following a 7-2 spurt that was started by Lilly's final triple of the afternoon and capped by a bucket by Castillo.

The 9-0 start represents just the second time in school annals that an Emory team has won its opening nine games, joining the 1994-95 squad to achieve that distinction. The verdict against Randolph also allowed the Eagles to tie the program's second-longest winning streak.