The Lady Hornets ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run and steadily pulled away on the way to a 68-59 win at Northeastern State on Thursday night in Tahlequah, Okla.
Emporia State scored the first six points of the game on back to back three-pointers by Tyra Jones and Jessica Wayne. The RiverHawks went on a 9-2 run to take their first lead and led 11-10 with 4:43 left in the quarter. Emporia State finished the quarter with a 7-2 run with five points from Emily Miller to take a 17-13 lead.
The teams traded scores for the first four and a half minutes of the second quarter before Morgan Laudan and Jessica Wayne hit back to back scores to give the Lady Hornets a 27-21 lead. The RiverHawks scored six straight from the free throw line to tie the game at 27 with3:11 left in the half. The Lady Hornets then went on a 10-2 run to end the half and take a 37-29 lead to the locker rooms.
Northeastern State got a pair of three-pointers from Cenia Hayes around an inside bucket from Emporia State’s Tiana Moala to pull within 39-35 with 8:16 left in the third. The Lady Hornets used a 10-3 run capped by an old fashioned three-point play from Jones to take a 49-38 lead with 2:47 left in the third. The two squads would again trade baskets the rest of the quarter as Emporia State took a 56-48 lead in to the final quarter.
After the RiverHawks got the first points of the fourth, the Lady Hornets went on a 7-0 run with Addie Lackey getting the final five points to give Emporia State a 63-50 lead with 5:43 left in the game. Hayes scored an old-fashioned three-point play to pull Northeastern State within ten but Moala answered for Emporia State inside to push the lead back to 12 points. The RiverHawks would cut it down to 65-58 with a minute left but Lackey and Miller combined to hit three of four free throws in the final 43.2 seconds to secure the win.
Tyra Jones led Emporia State with 18 points and was joined in double figures by Emily Miller with 15 points while Tiana Moala had six points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.
The Lady Hornets will play their final regular season game on Saturday at Central Oklahoma. Emporia State could still finish anywhere between second and sixth in the MIAA depending on the outcome of Saturday’s action. Tip-off from Hamilton Fieldhouse is set for 1:30 p.m.
Tiana Moala’s six blocks moved her into fifth all-time on the Lady Hornet career list with 150. She passed Shelly Moore who had 146 from 1988-91.
Courtesy: ESU Athletics