November 10, 2013-In an early season game with both regional and national implications, #5 Emporia State defeated #9 Concordia-St. Paul 71-52 in the Lady Hornets final game at the Division II Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
November 10, 2013-Playing their third road game in three days, Emporia State outscored Rockhurst 36-25 in the second half on the way to a 74-62 season opening win in Kansas City on Sunday night.
The Hornets came out sluggish and trailed 19-9 with 12:46 left in the first half. The Hawks led 32-25 with 4:09 remaining in the half when the Hornets went on a 13-3 run. Kaleb Wright and Paul Bunch each scored four points during the run as the Hornets went into the half with a 38-37 lead.
An 11-2 run by the Hornets in the second half pushed the lead to double digits at 53-42 with 13:11 left and the lead would stay between eight and 15 points the rest of the way.
Wright scored 20 points to lead three Hornets in double figures. Paul Bunch had 18 points on nine of 12 shooting, 11 rebounds and was credited with two blocked shots for Emporia State. Terrence Moore was the other Hornet in double figures with 11 points and three steals.
As a team Emporia State shot 50.0% from the field while limiting Rockhurst to 30.3% shooting for the game.
The Hornets will make their home debut on Tuesday night against McPherson College. Tip-off for their fourth game in five days is set for 7:00 p.m. from Slaymaker Court at White Auditorium.
The Lady Hornets jumped out to a 7-2 lead early only to see the Golden Bears take a 13-12 lead with 10:42 left in the first half. Emporia State then used an 8-1 run to take the lead for good.
The lead would grow to 24 points with 3:08 left in the game before the Lady Hornets settled into the 19 point victory.
Amber Vandiver led the Lady Hornets with 18 points and ten rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Laura Patrick with 14 points, Kelly Moten with 12 and Rheanna Egli with 11 points. Emporia State outrebounded Concordia-ST. Paul 52-30 and held the Bears to just 31.1% shooting for the day.
Emporia State will return to Kansas this week for a game at Newman on Nov. 14 in Wichita.