Mt. Olive, NC - The Emmanuel Women's Basketball team has lost their first game of the New Year in a tough matchup against Conference Carolina's Mt. Olive University. The home court advantage proved vital for the Trojans who had fallen to Emmanuel by 6 points just 11 days prior on their visit to the Jack and Jane Shaw Athletic Center in Franklin Springs.
The Trojans claimed the game with an explosive 3rd quarter where they outscored Emmanuel 28-13, after what had proved to be a very even opening half. Elise Coberly once again put some impressive stats on the board with a double-double, claiming 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. Mikayla Trombley had 12 points for the game while Avery Scarbrough finished up with 11.
Emmanuel couldn't seem to stem the flow of the Trojans Sophomore guard Ni'ya Styles who was a standout in the game with 25 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. The Trojans also had other solid contributors with Johnson and Simmons both claiming 15 points. Trombley briefly put the Lions in the lead with two 3-pointers at the beginning of the second term, but an 18 point haul by Styles in the 3rd quarter began to make it a difficult comeback task for the Lions. With an 18 point deficit to make up in the final term, the Lions fought hard to claw their way back into the game, but ultimately the Trojan's were too strong, taking out the game 69-61.
The Lions will front up for their fourth consecutive game on the road this weekend when they take on Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, NC at 2pm. They will then return home to the Jack and Jane Shaw Athletic Center on Monday evening where they take on rivals Southern Wesleyan University at 5:30pm, looking for their 6th conference win. The Lions are still in third place in Conference Carolina's and have an overall record of 9-5.
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