March 9, 2014 The 7th ranked Emporia State Lady Hornets used a 17-0 run in the first half and never trailed afterwards in a 75-71 win over #8 Central Missouri in the MIAA Tournament Championship Game. The Lady Hornets became the first team to win back to back championships since Washburn did in 2009-10.
The Jennies started out hot jumping out to an 8-2 lead just two minutes into the game. The extended the lead to seven at 19-12 with 12:42 left in the half on a Keuna Flax three pointer. That would be the last score for Central Missouri for 7:17 as Emporia State went on a season's best 17-0 run. All-Tournament members Merissa Quick and Kelly Moten combined for nine of the 17 points during the run. At the end of the run the Lady Hornets led 29-19 with 6:25 left in the half.
The game slowed considerably in the final five minutes of the half. There was only one made field goal in the last 4:16 while two flagrant fouls and a technical were called in the final 2:56 of the period as Emporia State took a 38-29 lead into the break.
A pair of Desiree Wylie free throws gave the Lady Hornets a 53-39 lead with 14:01 left when the Jennies started to chip away at the lead. Emporia State led by six with 2:33 left on a Kelly Moten layup. Breonna Embray hit a three pointer with 2:15 left and Shelby Winkelmann tied the score at 71 with a three at the 1:19 mark. Quick gave the Hornets a 73-71 lead with a hook shot from the left side with 1:00 left. Moten rebounded a missed three pointer from Flax with 43 seconds left and after a Lady Hornet timeout Quick sealed the game with a hook shot from the right baseline with ten seconds left.
Quick ended with a game high 18 points and pulled six rebounds as she earned the Most Outstanding Player honors for the second straight year. Moten had 17 points, five rebounds and five steals to become just the fourth freshman to be named to the All-Tournament team. They were joined in double figures by Laura Patrick with 11 points.
The Lady Hornets earned the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out where they are playing during tonight's NCAA Selection Show on ncaa.com at 9:00 p.m.
Quick is the first player to be named MOP of the conference tournament twice.
Moten is just the fourth freshman to make the All-Tournament team. The other three were also Lady Hornets - Casey Henningsen in 2004, Michelle Stueve in 2005, and Kelsey Balcom in 2011.
It is the sixth overall MIAA Tournament Championship for the Lady Hornets (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2013, 2014).
Jory Collins is now 10-2 all-time in the MIAA Tournament, the best winning percentage of any coach with at least four tournament appearances