Women's basketball struggles in second half, falls to Emory
Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Sports
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Coach Jennifer Reimer said, "We have a wonderful group of women who grew together as the season progressed. We faced challenges head-on, and we stayed strong through those challenges. It was a good year."
The first half was neck-and-neck for the Spartans and Eagles as both teams battled to steal and maintain the lead. For the Spartans' first major run with the lead, sophomore guard Beth Andrasik hit a jumper to take the lead, 11-5, at the 16:34 mark. Andrasik was consistently hot - she hit four baskets for eight points in the first half. However, Emory University came back to take the lead at the 8:10 mark, making the score 14-13.
The Eagles were able to hold the lead and, with 3:01 remaining in the first half, the Spartans were still down by eight (14-22). The Spartans made 33.3 percent (9-27) of their field goals and 10 percent (1-10) of their three-pointers in the first half. Later, sophomore Caitlin Henry stepped it up for the Spartans and sealed a lay-up at the buzzer to cut the lead to two at the end of the half (22-24).
Emory began the second half with an 11-6 run, taking a seven-point lead, 35-28, thanks to senior guard Jenny Kraus' basket at 17:25. The Spartans fought hard for the rest of the second half to regain the lead. In the first half, freshman forward Erin Hollinger had a total of two points, while in the second she tallied all the way up to 17. Hollinger had the team high 19 points for the game.
Fellow freshman Kate Clancy had 17 points for the game. Hollinger and Clancy were not the only players to put up impressive numbers; four Spartans were in the double digits. But it was still not enough to catch up to Emory. At the 16:57 mark, the Spartans were down by five, 35-30, and the gap only increased from there.