Royals Shoot Past Penn State-Harrisburg For 68-44 Win

Myneshia Walker tied her career high in both points and three point field goals. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Myneshia Walker tied her career high in both points and three point field goals. (photo by Scott Eyre)

A huge third blew open a tight game as EMU's basketball women ran away with their first win of the new season, 68-44, at Penn State-Harrisburg on Tuesday. The Royals dominated the period by a 19-5 score to stretch out what had been a 28-24 game at halftime.

Now 1-1, Eastern Mennonite gets a small break over Thanksgiving before jumping in ODAC play this weekend. In a challenging matchup, the Royals host Emory & Henry College at 2:00pm on Saturday in Yoder Arena.

After a surprising 0-for-19 performance from three-point range in a season-opening loss to No. 15 Christopher Newport last Saturday, the women caught fire against Penn State-Harrisburg. They had hit four by halftime before Myneshia Walker (Freeman, Va./Brunswick) spearheaded the explosion in the third.

The junior guard picked out three steals in the frame and hit three attempts from long range. Her third bomb capped a 17-2 streak which gave EMU a 46-25 lead. Walker also converted a three-point play to total 12 points in the period.

Chloe Roach (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) and Lexi Deffenbaugh (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) each connected a three-point play to bookend an 11-0 start to the fourth, building a 58-29 margin to quickly snuff out any thought of a comeback.

Walker and Roach co-lead the Royals with 19 points and three steals each. Walker shot 5-for-9 from three-point range while Roach added five rebounds and three assists. Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) added a trio of three pointers as the women shot 9-22 from outside as a team.

Jourdyn Friend (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) added four steals and five boards. Jonae Guest (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) had a team high six rebounds.

Tess Dolce came off the bench to lead Penn State-Harrisburg with 11 points and seven rebounds.

EMU had a +4 advantage in rebounding and +6 in turnovers. They racked up 15 steals.