the Lady Lions grabbed a 15-10 lead after the opening quarter, but Holmes doubled up the visitors 16-8 during the second quarter to take a 26-23 halftime lead.
Following intermission, the EMCC women rebounded from an eight-point deficit midway through the third quarter to make it a one-point game (41-40) heading into the final period.
With EMCC freshman guard Tatyana Norment scoring 15 of her game-high 17 points after halftime, the visitors moved ahead by five points with a 7-1 run to open the fourth quarter. The Lady Lions maintained a slim 57-55 lead following two made free throws by freshman forward Aamiya Rush at the 2:20 mark.
However, the visitors were unable to generate any additional offense for the remainder of the contest. A pair of unsuccessful two-shot foul tries were followed by two empty drive attempts to the basket as well as a tandem of off-target 3-pointers during the final two-plus minutes of action. Meanwhile, Holmes hit 6-of-8 free throws during the closing stretch, including a pair of game-clinching foul shots by Jekalen Jones with 11 seconds remaining in the contest.
Coach Sharon Thompson's EMCC Lady Lions dropped to 4-9 overall and 1-1 within the division with their fifth consecutive setback. In addition to Norment's game-best 17 points, Rush came off the bench to register her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Holmes Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-7 overall with their division-opening victory. Jones led the way with 14 points, including 9-of-12 free throws.
The East Mississippi basketball teams continue road action by traveling to Clarksdale to meet the Coahoma Tigers during a Monday evening (Jan. 14) hoops doubleheader. A 6 p.m. women's game will be followed by an 8 p.m. men's contest at the Pinnacle on the Coahoma campus. Both games are scheduled to be available via live-stream at www.EMCCAthletics.com/live with Austin Buchanan set to call the play-by-play action.
Contact: David Rosinski, EMCC Sports Information Director