Lady Hornets hold off RiverHawks, pick up 20th win

ESU Athletics
Don Weast, Associate Athletic Director

EMPORIA – The Lady Hornets held off Northeastern State for the 66-60 win in White Auditorium on Saturday. In a game that saw nine lead changes, the Lady Hornets never trailed in the fourth quarter to take the win.

After trailing 4-0 in the first two minutes of the game, the Lady Hornets used a 7-0 run to take the lead 7-4 with 6:36 left in the first quarter. This would be the Lady Hornets largest lead of the quarter as the RiverHawks led 15-13 into the break.

The Lady Hornets used another 7-0 run sparked by a three pointer from Addie Lackey to regain the lead 22-20 with 5:29 left in the first half. After a 2:30 scoring drought for both teams, the Lady Hornets finished the half on a 7-2 run over the final 2:23 to take a 29-25 lead into the half.

After a slow start to the second half, the Lady Hornets trailed 40-31 before a pair of free-throws from Kali Martin sparked a 19-3 run over 4:12 to give the Lady Hornets a 50-43 lead with 1:37 left in the quarter. During that span the Lady Hornets were 5-6 from the field, 3-3 from beyond the arc and 6-6 from the free-throw line and had seven different players score. The Lady Hornets would take a 52-46 lead into the final frame.

Teams exchanged buckets early in the fourth quarter and the Lady Hornets held a 56-55 lead into the final five minutes of play. Emily Miller knocked down a three to put the Lady Hornets up 59-55 with 3:27 left on the clock.

Leading 62-60, the Lady Hornets used their final timeout with 17.1 seconds remaining before Jessica Wayne knocked down a three to push the lead to 65-60 with 12 seconds on the clock. Morgan Lauden sealed the game with a free-throw for the Lady Hornets 66-60 win.

The Lady Hornets were led by Addie Lackey with 14 points and seven assists. Jessica Wayne and Tyra Jones joined her in double figures with 11 points each. Emily Miller led the team with eight rebounds while Morgan Laudan and Wayne each had four steals.

Emporia State will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 21 as they play host to Pittsburg State in White Auditorium. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Game Notes:
With her 14 points in the game, Addie Lackey moved past Casey Henningsen into 15th on the Lady Hornets all-time scoring list. Lackey now has 1,382 total points in her career.
With four steals in the game, Jessica Wayne moved past Michelle Stueve into ninth on the Lady Hornets all-time career steals list with 184 career steals.

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