The Maryville College women's basketball team earned their fourth straight victory with a tough non-conference road win over Emory University by the score of 56-55 in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday evening.
Maryville battled to a 25-25 halftime draw despite being outrebounded 22-15 before the intermission. At the break, MC's Rachel Hawn posted a team-high eight points on 4-of-7 shooting while Emory's Ashley Oldshine paced the Eagles with nine points. Emory relied on nine second-chance points while depositing 20 of their 25 points in the paint.
MC's Maples and Talbott took over in the third quarter helping Maryville tally 16 points in a four-minute span dropping a combined five three-pointers. Going into the final stanza, Maryville held a 46-41 advantage.
A Talbott trey at the 7:55 mark put the Scots up 49-44 in the fourth quarter. Key free-throws by Rachel Hawn and Lauren Biliter maintained the Scots' slim advantage of 53-52 inside two minutes remaining. A final three-pointer by Madison Maples at 1:57 sealed the win for Maryville finishing a perimeter team attack of 10-of-23 from beyond the arc.
Emory (5-4) was paced by Ashley Oldshue's 12 points. Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod and Blair Ripley each added ten points while the duo combined for 13 rebounds. The Eagles finished 24-for-61 (39%) from the field and only 2-for-12 (17%) from beyond the arc.
Maryville (5-6) was led by the trio of Talbott, Hawn, and Maples. Talbott finished 5-for-8 from long-distance for a game-high 15 points. Hawn added 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the paint. Maples dropped 4-of-7 three-pointers for a dozen points. Amber Hudgens set the game standard with eight rebounds.
The Scots and Eagles enjoy a hard-fought, non-conference rivalry annually. The Maryville win brings the series record in the Scots favor (11-7) since 1995. This is the first time a road team earned a victory in the series since 2010.
The Scots will host USA South foe Agnes Scott College on Saturday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium. Tip-off against the Scotties is set for 7:00 p.m.