March 9, 2013 - Emporia State advanced to the championship game of the MIAA Tournament for the third straight year with a 61-54 win over #9 Washburn on Saturday night in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. It was the second straight Lady Hornet win over the Lady Blues this season.
For the second time in the tournament Emporia State jumped out early, getting out to 9-0 and 15-2 leads in the first six minutes. The Lady Hornets would never trail and never let the lead get below two possessions.
Washburn did cut the early 13 point advantage down to four with a 13-4 run over eight minutes to pull within 26-22 with 2:55 left. Rachel Hanf hit a layup with 44 seconds left to send Emporia State to the locker room with a 28-22 advantage.
In the second half the Lady Blues cut the lead to four again at 31-27 with 16:04 left. Laura Patrick answered with a three pointer to start a 16-6 run to give the Lady Hornets a 47-33 lead at the 11:10 mark. Emporia State still had a 14 point advantage with 6:26 left on a three pointer by Jocelyn Cummings. Washburn then started their final comeback attempt. Laura Kinderknecht scored eight points in a 10-0 run that closed the gap to 52-48 with 2:35 left.
The Lady Hornets then got a pair of free throws from both Merissa Quick and Hanf to go up 56-48 with 1:51 remaining. Emporia State would hit five of six free throws in the final 38 seconds to secure the win.
Laura Patrick led Emporia State with 14 points including a four of five effort from behind the three-point line. Merissa Quick scored 12 points and Rheanna Egli had 11 for the Lady Hornets. Emporia State shot .426 from the field and .364 from behind the three point line against the top field goal and three-point field goal percentage defense in the MIAA.
The Lady Hornets will play the winner of the other semifinal between Ft. Hays State and Central Missouri. The championship game will tip at 3:30 p.m. and be aired on the MIAA Broadcasting Network.
Washburn has allowed over 60 points in a game only five times this season and three of them have been against Emporia State.
The Lady Hornets are now 30-13 all-time in the MIAA Tournament and 10-5 in the semifinals.
The Lady Hornets are the first team to appear in three straight MIAA Championship game since Washburn did it from 2005-07.
Rachel Hanf moved past Sheri Moore into 19th on the all-time Lady Hornet scoring list with 1,165 points and needs six to match Andrea Leiker for 18th place.
Rachel Hanf hit one three pointer to become the third Lady Hornet with 200 career made three-pointers.