Hubley Tallies Team-Best 20 Points; Sugalski Grabs Squad-High Nine Rebounds
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Eastern Mennonite's Jess Rheinheimer scored a game-best and career-high 41 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds to notch a double-double en route to a 72-47 win over visiting Washington College at the Yoder Center in a non-conference women's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon. The Royals improve to 8-2 overall, while the Shorewomen drop to 4-7.
In the first half, the Royals led 10-6 with 11:29 remaining following a three-pointer from Alisa Brown when the Shorewomen went on an 10-2 run to take a 16-12 lead with 8:57 left in the stanza on a triple from senior guard Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area). The Shorewomen took their first lead of the game during the run at 11-10 on a basket by freshman forward/center Dominique Lavender (Fredericksburg, Va. / Fredericksburg Christian). Eastern Mennonite would respond with a 15-7 run to take a 27-23 lead with 2:51 left in the half on a Marla Zumfelde three. After a Lavender basket cut the Royals' lead to 27-25 with 1:19 to go, the hosts scored the last six points of the half to take a 33-25 lead into halftime. The last three came on a Rheinheimer trifecta from about 35 feet out to beat the buzzer after she stole a pass.
Eastern Mennonite scored nine of the opening 11 points of the second half to take a 42-27 lead with 15:31 left on a Rheinheimer bunny. Washington would get the deficit down to 10 points at 50-40 with 10:05 remaining on a Lavender jumper, but the Shorewomen could get no closer. The Royals led by as many as 28 points at 72-44 with 2:05 left.
Shakeerah Sykes added 14 points for the Royals, who shot 41% from the floor (29-for-71). Rheinheimer, Sykes and Alicia Ygarza had three steals each to lead all players. The hosts shot 32% from three-point range (8-for-25) and 60% from the foul line (6-for-10). The Royals held a 43-36 edge on the boards and forced 12 steals in the contest. Eastern Mennonite scored 19 points off of 19 Washington turnovers, while turning it over just eight times and only giving up four points off of those eight miscues. The hosts held a 15-4 advantage in second chance points.
Senior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) scored a team-high 20 points, while junior guard Kelly Sugalski (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) hauled down a squad-best nine boards to tie her personal best.. Washington shot 32% from the field (19-for-59), 46% from three-point land (6-for-13) and 75% from the charity stripe (3-for-4).
The Shorewomen are back in action on Wednesday night with an 8:00 p.m. tip-off against visiting Dickinson in a Centennial Conference game.