Gorillas drop Lady Hornets

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Emporia State women’s basketball fell 82-76 to Pittsburg State on Thursday in White Auditorium. After trailing by as many as 16, the Lady Hornets second half comeback fell short as the Gorillas went 10-10 from the free throw line in the final minute of play.

After trailing 5-0, Jessica Wayne put the Hornets on the board with a three pointer at the 8:20 mark in the first quarter to cut the Gorillas lead to 5-3. The Lady Hornets largest deficit of the first quarter came at 21-10 with 4:13 on the clock. A three pointer from Morgan Laudan closed the gap to 21-15 with 2:48 before the Lady Hornets headed to the break trailing 26-17.

Teams exchanged scoreless possessions for the first minute of the second quarter before the Gorillas extended their lead to 28-17 with 8:34 left in the half. The Lady Hornets brought the lead back to single digits with 6:44 on the clock when Kali Martin knocked down a three, but the Gorillas quickly answered with a three of their own to lead 32-20 at the 6:22 mark. For the remainder of the half, teams exchanged baskets and the Lady Hornets would trail 40-27 at halftime.

Tyra Jones got the Lady Hornets started in the second half with a layup at the 9:29 mark to cut the Gorillas lead to 40-29. Emporia States largest deficit in the game came with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter when the Lady Hornets trailed 49-33. The Lady Hornets cut the Gorillas lead back down to single digits with 3:07 left on the clock and would hold on to trail 60-52 heading to the final frame.

Addie Lackey scored the first points in the fourth quarter and the Lady Hornets would cut the Gorillas lead down to five at 64-59 with 6:13 left in the game when Martin knocked down a three. The Lady Hornets held the Gorillas to just 25.0% shooting in the fourth quarter as they came within four points twice in the final minute. The Gorillas went a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line in the last minute of play to take the 82-76 win.

The Lady Hornets were led by Tyra Jones with 21 points followed by Jessica Wayne with 19 and Kali Martin with ten. Wayne led the Lady Hornets with nine rebounds and six steals while Addie Lackey and Morgan Laudan each recorded five assists.

The Lady Hornet will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 23 as they play host to Missouri Southern. Tip of is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. in White Auditorium.

Game Notes:
With seven points in the game, Addie Lackey passes Judy Becker (1977-81) to move into 14th on the Lady Hornets all-time scoring list with 1,389 career points.
With her six steals in the game, Jessica Wayne moves into third all-time on the Lady Hornets single season steals list with 100 steals. She moves past Melissa Church (1994-95) and Jurgita Kausaite (1998-99) each with 96, and Tara Holloway (2000-01) with 98. Wayne is only the third Lady Hornet with 100 steals in a single season.

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