Hornets shut down Griffons in second half to pick up MIAA win

ESU Sports
Don Weast, Associate Athletic Director

EMPORIA – The Lady Hornets held Missouri Western to 15 points in the second half on the way to a 60-40 win over the Griffons on Saturday night.

Emporia State scored the first five points of the game and got out to a 15-4 lead with 6:11 left in the first quarter. The Lady Hornets hit four three-pointers in the opening quarter to lead 20-11 after one.

The second quarter saw Emporia State go the first 6:33 without a field goal and connected on only two of ten shots from the field as the Griffons pulled to within 29-25 headed to the locker rooms.

The Lady Hornets opened the second half on a 13-2 run that lasted nearly eight minutes to take a 42-37 lead with 2:05 left in the quarter. Western hit back to back three pointers to makie it 42-33 going into the final period.

Emporia State used a 10-1 run to open the fourth quarter to take a 52-34 lead with 5:11 remaining. The lead would reach 22 points no two occasions before the Lady Hornets settled for a 60-40 victory.

Jacee Kramer had 14 points to lead three Lady Hornets in double figures. Marissa Preston had 12 points on four three-pointers while Morgan Laudan had 11 points and six rebounds.

Emporia State will be back in action on Tuesday February 13 as they host Washburn for senior day in White Auditorium.

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