The Emory women’s basketball team fell to Division I Kennesaw State University (KSU) 63-46 in an exhibition game this past Sunday.
KSU nearly doubled Emory’s shooting percentage, clocking in 48.1 percent compared to 28.8. While the Eagles were solid defensively, besting KSU in steals (9-5) and turnovers (21-9) — they could not build their defense into offense.
The contest marked the early stages of a new game format: four 10-minute quarters. The KSU Owls maintained a lead throughout the game, only letting the Eagles get within nine points during the third quarter.
The Eagles had several star scorers during the second half, with sophomore forward Dumebi Egbuna posting a team high of 10 points. Junior guard Shellie Kaniut and freshman guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod added eight and six points, respectively.
Despite a noteworthy team effort, with senior guard Khadijah Sayyid, sophomore guard Caroline Spurr and freshman center Paris Wagner contributing offensively, the last 10 minutes of play went back-and-forth, with KSU coming out on top.
With just five minutes on the clock, the Eagles were down by 12. The game seemed salvageable until the Owls made a 6-1 run, giving them a 17-point lead with a minute left.
The Eagles will return to the court for their first game of the regular season on Nov. 17 against Atlanta’s own Oglethorpe University.