EMORY, VA --- EMU's basketball women were in control from the opening tip of an 83-51 win at Emory & Henry Saturday afternoon. The women scored the first 13 points of the game and improved to 15-5 with their eighth straight win. The Royals are also 11-1 in the ODAC, and tied with Guilford for first in the league standings.
Against the Wasps, Eastern Mennonite's smothering defense gave them the upper hand with a steal on EHC's opening possession. The Royals didn't allow Emory & Henry a single point until the 13:23 mark, a stretch of 6:37.
Emory & Henry chiseled to within seven points, but Shakeerah Sykes (Dumfries, VA/Forest Park) scored EMU's final 10 points of the half and they rolled into the break with a 36-19 lead. The Wasps never threatened in the second half.
Sykes led a balanced attack with 16 points and seven rebounds in just 13 minutes of playing time. Steph Rheinheimer (Manheim, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) canned 3-of-4 three pointers and finished with 13 points.
Kala Yoders (Myerstown, PA/Eastern Lebanon County) had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Kayley Argenbright (Fishersville, VA/Wilson Memorial) didn't miss a shot in her five minutes on the floor and notched a career high 11 points. Keyla Baltimore (Bristow, VA/Brentsville District) dished out six assists.
Eastern Mennonite over-powered EHC by shooting 50% as a team. The Wasps only hit 30%. The Royals were also hot from outside, nailing 8-of-12 triples.
The women now close the season by playing three of their final four games in Yoder Arena. That stretch starts with Randolph-Macon on Tuesday night.