The Emporia State women rolled to their eighth straight win with a 73-60 victory over Central Oklahoma while the Hornet men saw their two game winning streak snapped in an 83-69 loss to the Bronchos.
Emporia State 73, Central Oklahoma 60
February 13, 2013-Emporia State put five players in double figures as the Lady Hornets defeated Central Oklahoma 73-60 in Edmond, Okla. on Wednesday night. It was the eighth straight win for the Lady Hornets and seventh straight by double figures.
The Bronchos jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Lady Hornets answered with an 8-0 run to take their first lead. UCO retook the lead at 9-8 before Emporia State went on a 9-2 run to take the lead for good.
The Lady Hornets took a 34-26 lead into the locker rooms and would lead by as many at 13 in the second half. The Bronchos did cut the lead to four at 60-56 with 6:10 left but the Lady Hornets answered with a 5-0 run by Jocelyn Cummings and Sarah Wood to push the lead back to nine with 2:59 left. Haley Parker hit six of six free throws in the final 1:32 to ice the win for Emporia State.
Laura Patrick had 17 points to lead the Lady Hornets and was joined in double figures by Merissa Quick and Sarah Wood with 12 points each, Rachel Hanf with 11 and Jocelyn Cummings with ten points. Quick and Wood each had eight rebounds to pace the Lady Hornets.
Emporia State will travel to Missouri Southern for their next to last road game on Saturday. Tip-off from Leggett & Platt Center in Joplin, Mo. is set for 5:30 p.m.
Rachel Hanf became the 23rd Lady Hornet to score 1,100 points and now has 1,101. She needs six to tie former US Olympian Pat Roberts for 22nd in Emporia State history.
The Lady Hornets have won seven straight MIAA games by at least ten points for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Central Oklahoma 83, Emporia State 69
February 13, 2013-Central Oklahoma went ten of 16 from the three-point line in the second half to defeat Emporia State 83-69 on Wednesday night. It was just the third time this year the Hornets have been outscored from the field.
Emporia State led 5-2 when Central Oklahoma went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. The Bronchos pushed their lead to eight with 4:49 left in the half. The Hornets then went on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 33 with 5.1 seconds left in the period. Cal Andrews then hit three at the buzzer to give the Bronchos the lead going to the locker rooms.
UCO scored the first five points of the second half to go up 41-33 with 18:03 remaining. They had an 11 point lead when Gavin Brown hit a pair of free throws to pull the Hornets within 49-40 with 12:42 left. The Bronchos then hit three straight three-pointers to push their lead to 18 with 10:31 left in the game. Emporia State would cut it to 12 with 8:28 left when UCO hit three more three pointers in a 9-2 run to take a 69-50 lead and put the game away.
Taylor Euler led the Hornets with 16 points and Kaleb Wright added 15 points. Paul Bunch was five of six in the first half for ten points and only took two shots in the second half. He ended with eight rebounds while Gavin Brown led Emporia State with nine boards and added eight points.
The Hornets are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Missouri Southern. Tip-off from the Leggett & Platt Center in Joplin, Mo. is set for 7:30 p.m.