Senior Ashley Oldshue and junior Erin Lindahl combined for 40 points in leading the Emory women's basketball team to a key Sunday afternoon win at home over the University of Chicago. The Eagles won for the seventh straight time and boosted their overall record to 17-5, 8-3 in the University Athletic Association, following a 60-57 triumph over the No. 17 Maroons who slipped to 17-5 overall, 8-3 in conference play. Emory and Chicago are tied for second place in the UAA, two games behind Washington University.
Both Oldshue and Lindahl tallied 20 points, with Oldshue's output representing her sixth performance of 20 or more points and Lindahl's effort a season high. Oldshue ended the afternoon seven-of-10 from the field and six-of-eight from the stripe, while Lindahl converted seven field goals in 14 attempts, including three-of-five from distance, and added three free throws. Lindahl upped her streak to 17 games with at least one three-point field goal, the seventh-longest in school history. Oldshue also snatched a game-high 13 rebounds and in the process registered her sixth double-double of the campaign.
With Oldshue scoring six and Lindhal knocking down a triple, the Eagles opened the final quarter on a 9-4 run that pushed it to a 54-47 advantage with 6:17 on the clock. Back-to-back buckets by the Maroons cut Emory's lead to three points, but a pair of charity tosses by Oldshue stretched the Eagles to a 56-51 edge with 1:15 left. A free throw by junior Allison Chernow with 34 ticks remaining gave Emory a 58-53 margin, but the Maroons stayed in the hunt after a bucket by Olariche Obi with 20 seconds remaining. After UC's Mia Farrell hit a basket to narrow Emory's lead to 59-57 with eight seconds left, Oldshue made the first of two free throws with her miss on the second giving the Maroons a crack at tying the game. However, UC missed on that attempt, giving Emory its eighth home win in 10 decision this year.
Emory's overall record ties the 1994-95 and 1997-98 squads for the second-best 22-game record in program history (2012-13 club stood 19-3 after 22 contests).
Emory outshot UC from the floor, hitting 38.2 percent (21-of-55) vs. 36.2 percent (25-of-69) for the visitors. The Eagles held a decided 47-33 advantage in rebounding, running their season record to 14-0 when finishing with an edge in that category. With Oldshue tying her career high with six blocked shots, Emory tied a school record by rejecting 14 UC shot attempts. Oldshue's effort allowed her to establish a school seasonal record with 48 blocked shots, surpassing the previous mark of 43 held by her coach, Misha Jackson, set during the 2012-13 campaign. Oldshue already ranks as the program's all-time leader in that category with 115.
After trailing by three points after the opening quarter, the Eagles outscored Chicago by a 14-9 margin in the second frame to take a 29-27 lead into halftime. Oldshue and Lindahl combined to score 12 points in the stanza with Oldshue registering seven and Lindahl five. The Eagles opened the frame on an 8-0 spurt, with Oldshue scoring six points, to claim a 23-18 lead. The Eagles then went scoreless for nearly five minutes while the Maroons scored seven straight points to regain the lead at 25-23. Lindahl then ignited a 6-0 Eagle charge with a three-pointer, which put them up, 29-25. A basket at the buzzer by UC's Mia Farrell, who would end the contest with a game-high 21 points, closed out the scoring for the half.
Emory returns to action next Friday (Feb. 15) when it plays at Case Western Reserve in a 6:00 pm start.