Dalia paces women's basketball in defeat at Emory

Ariana Dalia led Bates women's basketball with 18 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in their loss at Emory University on Jan. 2, 2020. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Sophomore forward Ariana Dalia scored a game-high 18 points and gathered a career-high 15 rebounds as the Bates women's basketball team fell 62-45 at Emory University on Thursday afternoon, in the first of two non-conference games the Bobcats are playing in Georgia.

Bates (5-5) will next play at Agnes Scott College (0-11) Saturday at 2pm in Decatur, Ga.

Tori Huggins scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the host Eagles (9-2), who won their fourth straight. Erin Lindahl and Blair Ripley scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, from off the Emory bench.

Dalia (Brick, N.J.) shot 8-for-18 from the floor and added three steals and two blocked shots in 36 minutes of action. Sophomore Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) chipped in a season-high 11 points. Senior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) added nine points with seven rebounds, and sophomore Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) totaled nine points and three assists.

Bates was limited to 1-10 three-point shooting and 19-62 (.306) from the field. Emory shot 24-55 (.436) overall and 6-16 (.375) from three-point distance, and had a 42-36 rebounding edge.

Bates got off to a quick start, holding a 15-11 advantage at the 3:01 mark, but a 12-0 run from the Eagles over the next seven minutes gave Emory the lead it would not relinquish. The Eagles gained a double-digit edge at 31-21 with 3:16 remaining in the second quarter and held a lead of at least nine points the rest of the way.