Lady Hornets find revenge on Fort Hays, Northeastern State
With just over two minutes left in the game, the # 7 Lady Hornets went on a 9-2 run to defeat #25 Fort Hays State, 80-77, in last weekend’s home game. This is the second game in a row Emporia State has come back in the final minutes to clinch a victory.
“All of those games are pretty close. Everybody’s playing at a pretty high level the farther you get in that tournament, especially the NCAA Tournament,” said Jory Collins, head coach. “(If) you get past the first round, either you’re a great team or you’re playing great. You have to be ready to be in these dogfights.”
The Lady Hornets found themselves down from the start as the Tigers jumped to a 20-12 lead in the first eight minutes. ESU would finally get their first lead with 6:32 left in the half after an 8-2 run over the Tigers. Both teams juggled the lead the remainder of the half, with four ties and four lead changes, but ESU would take a 41-37 lead at the break.
The Lady Tigers came into the second with a 9-2 run to take back the lead. By the 10-minute mark, they led, 64-56. The Lady Hornets answered with a 12-0 run but could not hold onto the lead.
FSU would take a four-point lead with 2:25 left in the game. Despite having four fouls, Merissa Quick, junior forward, put up six points in the final two minutes to help ESU take the night, 80-77.
“We just came out and attacked them,” Quick said. “(Last time), we came out on our heels and let them take it to us. We kind of came out like that at first, but we needed this win and we decided we were going to take it to them, and it paid off for us.”
Quick ended the game with 15 points, Kionna Kellog, senior forward, had her second straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Amber Vandiver, junior forward, led the Hornets with 20 points and seven rounds.
“One of the strongest points about us is that we are a great rebounding team both offensively and defensively,” Vandiver, a business administration major, said. “Once we get into that groove, there is no stopping us.”
The Lady Hornets hit Slaymaker court again last night taking on the Northeastern State RiverHawks. The RiverHawks gave the Lady Hornets their first lost earlier this season, breaking their 13 game winning streak.
NESU came out scoring the first four points but the Lady Hornets quickly came back and took control of the game, and the Lady RiverHawks would never have the lead again.
Quick would score her 1,000th career point in the final seconds of the game, helping ESU improve their record to 22-2 overall and 13-2 MIAA with the 80-61 win over Northeastern. The Lady Hornets travel to Edmond, Okla. this Saturday to take on the University of Central Oklahoma.