Texas A&M-Commerce used 21 points off 20 Emporia State turnovers to secure an 81-77 victory over the Lady Hornets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in St. Joseph, Mo.
Michelle Stueve led all scorers with 33 points and 14 rebounds for ESU, but was offset by TAMUC's duo of Britney Jordan and Kanani Marshal, who ended with 21 and 27 points respectively. Carolyn Dorsey was the only other Lady Hornet in double figures with 14 points.
There were three ties and two lead changes in the first half with the Lions building a 33-26 lead with 2:28 left in the period. ESU would end the half on an 8-2 run with four points from Steuve to trail 35-34 at the half. TAMUC would go up 63-53 with 11:47 left in the game and led 69-62 with 8:24 left on a Jordan three pointer. The Lady Hornets would hold the Lions to one field goal the rest of the game as TAMUC converted nine of 13 free throws down the stretch to preserve the first NCAA Tournament win in the programs history. This was just the second first round NCAA Tourney loss for the Lady Hornets in ten appearances.
TAMUC will play the winner of the Missouri Western game with Montana State-Billings on Saturday night.