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DIII: Morgan scores 1,000th point for Emory despite loss

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Senior Savannah Morgan became the ninth player in Emory basketball history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau on Sunday afternoon, but the milestone was overshadowed by the Eagles coming up short at Brandeis. Emory dropped its second game in a row and fell to 14-2 overall (3-2 in the University Athletic Association) following a 65-61 setback to the Judges who upped their overall slate to 8-8, 2-3 in the conference.

Emory hit just 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the floor compared Brandeis' effort of 44.1 percent (26-of-59). The Eagles enjoyed an edge in three-point shooting hitting eight triples in 25 attempts while the Judges sank just 2 of 11, with one of those makes coming in the waning moments of the game.

Emory senior Selena Castillo paced all scorers with 20 points, her fourth game of 20 or more points on the year (12th double-figure scoring game of the season). Morgan added 14 points to the cause, and cracked the 1,000-point mark with 14:53 left in the first half with her second bucket of the contest. Morgan entered this afternoon with 997 career points. Senior Hannah Lilly closed out the team's double-digit scorers with 11 points, hitting 4 of 9 from the field including three treys in six attempts. Lilly also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Emory held a 58-48 lead with 8:24 left in the game following a bucket by sophomore Khadijah Sayyid, but fell victim to a 17-3 run by the Judges that closed out the contest. A bucket by Sayyid with 5:43 on the clock gave the Eagles a 60-52 advantage but the squad did not record a field goal for the remainder of the contest, missing its last eight attempts. The Judges scored 10 unanswered points to storm to a 62-60 lead with 55 seconds left in the game. Senior Kasey Dean accounted for eight of those points, the final two on a heave with just one second on the shot clock. A free throw by Castillo with 40 seconds left cut BU's lead to one point, but the Judges' Samantha Mancinelli knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner in front of their bench just as the shot clock was expiring to take a four-point lead with 10 seconds remaining. Emory turned the ball over on its next possession, effectively ending any comeback bid. 

No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 71, Carnegie Mellon 63

PITTSBURGH -- Junior guard Alyssa Johanson and junior forward Melissa Gilkey each scored 13 second-half points for Washington (Mo.) as the Bears pulled away for a 71-63 win at Carnegie Mellon in University Athletic Association (UAA) play Sunday afternoon.

After leading 29-27 at halftime, Washington shot 51.4 percent from the field in the second half, and turned nine second-half turnovers by the Tartans into 15 points to pull away for the win. Carnegie Mellon scored the first basket of the second half to tie the game, but Gilkey made a layup on the Bears’ next possession to give Washington the lead for good with 19:15 left in the game.

A layup by senior forward Jordan Rettig with 11:02 to play gave the Bears their largest lead of the game at 51-41. After Carnegie Mellon pulled to within seven (55-48), Johanson drained a three from the wing to make it a 10-point lead again with 8:08 remaining. The Tartans cut the lead to five (68-63) and had a chance to make it a one-possession game with less than two minutes left, but Lisa Murphy was whistled for an offensive foul. On the ensuing possession, Gilkey converted a three-point play to make it 71-63 and the Bears grabbed two rebounds in the final minute to seal the win.

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