January 15, 2014-Rheanna Egli scored the final four points in the final 41 seconds to give the #3 Emporia State Lady Hornets an 80-78 win over Pittsburg State. With the win the Lady Hornets improve to 17-0 on the year and 8-0 in the MIAA.
The Lady Hornets jumped out to an 8-2 lead just over two minutes into the game before the Gorillas tied it at 11-11 with 13:21 left in the half. There were five ties and three lead changes the remainder of the half. Back to back buckets by Egli gave the Lady Hornets a 42-34 lead with 39 seconds left. A pair of Pitt State free throws made it 42-36 Emporia State at the break.
A 7-0 run in the second half gave the Lady Hornets the biggest lead of the night at 57-48 with 12:10 remaining. The Gorillas used an 11-5 run to pull within 68-67 with 3:26 left before Haley Parker hit a three-pointer to push the lead back to four with 3:08 remaining. Egli beat the shot clock on a layup with 41 seconds left to give the Lady Hornets a 78-72 lead.
Brigit Hesser nailed a three-pointer out of a timeout with 28 seconds left to pull the the Gorillas to within 78-75. Cathy Brugman hit another three pointer with 14 seconds remaining for Pitt State to tie the score at 78. Egli was fouled with seven seconds left and hit both free throws for an 80-78 lead. Brugman was fouled with 1.7 seconds left and missed both free throws with Desiree Wylie pulling down the last of her 13 rebounds to secure the win.
The Lady Hornets have equaled the 2003-04 team for the second best winning streak in school history with 17 wins. They will not play this weekend with the next action scheduled for Wednesday, January 22 at Northeastern State. Tip-off in Tahlequah is set for 5:30 p.m.
January 15, 2014-The Emporia State men put four players in double figures in an 83-75 win over Pittsburg State on Saturday night at White Auditorium. It was the third straight win for the Hornets.
The first half saw six ties and 15 lead changes with Pitt State taking their largest lead of the night at 34-28 with 1:53 remaining. The Hornets finished the half on an 8-0 run to take a 36-34 lead on Jay Temaat's three pointer with three seconds left.
The Gorillas retook the lead at 39-38 with 18:49 left when the Hornets went on a 13-2 run over the next 5:10 to take control of the game. Emporia State took their biggest lead of the night at 16 points with 2:03 left on a pair of Terrence Moore free throws. An 8-4 run by the Gorillas over the final 33 seconds accounted for the final eight point spread.
Kaleb Wright lead all scorers with 21 points and a career high eight assists. He was joined in double figures by Terrence Moore with 19 points, Jay Temaat with 12, and Gavin Brown with ten points. Brown had 11 rebounds to post his second double-double in three games.
The next action for the Hornets will be in one week when they travel to Northeastern State on Wednesday, January 22. Tip-off from Tahlequah, Okla. is set for 7:30 p.m.