December 8, 2012- The #21 Emporia State Lady Hornets dropped to 0-2 in the MIAA for the first time in school history following an 84-63 loss at #23 Central Missouri. Three Lady Hornets scored in double figures led by Merissa Quick's 19 points but could not overcome a career high 42 points from the Jennies Shelby Winkelmann.
The game started sluggishly with 12 fouls called in the first six minutes, with six on each team, as Central Missouri took a 14-7 lead with 1:04 left in the half. Emporia State went on a 10-4 run and pulled to within 18-17 on a free throw by Laura Patrick with 7:45 left. The Jennies scored the final seven points of the half to take a 38-30 lead to the locker rooms.
Central Missouri scored the first six points of the second half to complete a 14-0 run that spanned the intermission and took a 44-30 lead with 17:31 left in the game. Emporia State answered with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 46-40 with 12:38 left. Merissa Quick scored the final eight points of the run for the Lady Hornets.
The Jennies pushed the lead back to 18 points with 9:25 remaining before the Lady Hornets made another run. Rheanna Egli scored seven points from the line in a 10-0 run that pulled Emporia State to within eight at 62-54 with 6:21 left. Central Missouri would outscore Emporia State 22-11 the rest of the game including ten points from Winkelmann for the 84-63 final score.
Quick led Emporia State with 19 points and seven boards. She was joined in double figures by Rheanna Egli with 17, including a career best 11 of 14 from the free throw line, and Rachel Hanf with 12 points.
The Lady Hornets will now prepare for finals before travelling to Canyon, Texas for the West Texas Christmas Classic. Emporia State will play West Texas on Dec. 17 and Abilene Christian on Dec. 18.
Winkelmann's 42 points are the most scored by a single player against them.