February 16, 2013 - In a game that saw a combined 57 turnovers, the Emporia State Lady Hornets held on for a 62-55 victory at Missouri Southern on Saturday night. It was the ninth straight win for Emporia State.
The Lady Hornets closed the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 39-19 lead into the locker rooms. The Lions came out and scored the first 16 points of the second half to pull within 39-35 with 13:06 left in the game. Emporia State finally broke through with a layup by Laura Patrick with 12:22 left to start a 6-0 run that pushed the lead back to double digits with 11:15 left.
Emporia State led by 14 with 8:45 left when things started to get interesting. Erin Rice hit a jumper with 7:40 left to cut the lead to 12 before the teams traded turnovers on five possessions around each team missing a shot.
With 5:50 left there was a lose ball in front of the Lady Hornet bench. The ensuing scrum resulted in a foul on Emporia State's Sarah Wood, double technicals on Wood and Mo. Southern's Tee Singleton and a flagrant foul for leaving the bench on Emporia State's Merissa Quick. The foul and technical gave Wood five fouls and by rule Quick was ejected leaving Emporia State without their top two post players.
The Lions would cut the lead to five points with 1:42 left before Jocelyn Cummings scored on a put back with 1:13 left to make it a three possession game. Laura Patrick hit a pair of free throws with 27.5 remaining to give the Lady Hornets a 62-53 lead. Rice scored with 12.2 seconds left but Patrick found Cummings behind the Lion defense and she was able to dribble out the clock.
Quick led the Lady Hornet with 18 points on seven of ten shooting. She was joined in double figures by Rachel Hanf with 13 points and Patrick with 12 points.
The Lady Hornets begin a three game homestand on Wednesday with a rematch of last season's South Central Regional Championship game against Pittsburg State. Tip-off from White Auditorium is set for 5:30 p.m.
Rachel Hanf passed former US Olympian Pat Roberts for 22nd in career scoring at Emporia State with 1,114 points.