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Lady Hornets stomp Bods

Lady Hornets stomp Bods

Will Austin

Merissa Quick, junior forward, wins a rebound for the Lady Hornets during senior night in White Auditorium. Their encounter with the Lady Blues brought them a 70-53 win.

If you are a fan of ESU and you enjoy watching lockdown defense, Saturday night at White Auditorium was the place for you.

In the first of a Turnpike Tussle double header between Emporia State and Washburn, the ESU women stung the Lady Blues, 70-53. It was senior night and they did not disappoint. Seniors Kionna Kellogg, Laura Patrick and Rhianna Egli were three of the four leading scorers. Kellogg and Merissa Quick, junior forward, led all scorers with 13 points.

In a game that was supposed to be tightly contested, the Lady Hornets thrashed Washburn from start to finish. Washburn shot only 16 percent in the first half.

The only time the game was close was when it was at a tie, 2-2. From then on, it was all Hornets as it quickly ballooned to a 26-10 lead for ESU. By half time, the score was 38-16, capped off by a layup from Haley Parker, senior.

ESU had 22 points off turnovers to Washburn’s seven, and outscored the Lady Blues in the paint, 40-28.

“I thought our defensive pressure in the first 10 minutes was really good,” said Jory Collins, head coach. “I thought we guarded them better than we did last time. When you are not getting very many good looks, sometimes you rush the ones you do get so they missed some shots they probably normally make.”

Collins said he was pleased with the defensive effort.

“We were able to find some gaps in their zone and get good execution out of their zone,” Collins said.

Collins also said this is his first year having a large group of seniors, and he enjoyed it.

“It feels great, the underclassmen knew how important this game was to us as seniors,” Egli, a math major said. “It always feels great to beat Washburn on senior night.”

Quick, a crime and delinquency studies major, said they executed on the defensive end and committed to guard Washburn for 40 minutes.

The Lady Hornets traveled to Pittsburg State last night where they lost their last regualr season game 81-75. The Lady Hornets now prepare for post season play, location has not been announced.

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