Hornets Start Fast and Hold off Ichabods

The No. 20-ranked Emporia State Lady Hornets shot 73.9 percent from the field and were 8-for-12 from behind the arc in the first half to quickly create a double-figure lead they would hold for the rest of the game in a 69-57 victory over Washburn on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Ichabods fall to 7-5 and are 1-2 in MIAA play while the Lady Hornets move up to 10-2 overall and an undefeated 3-0 in conference action. Washburn will stay at home next week for games against Missouri Western (Jan. 9) and Northwest Missouri (Jan. 11).

The two teams exchanged buckets to start the game and a jump shot by Hayley Thompson tied up the game at 14-all at the 3:38 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Hornets broke the tie and quickly created a double-digit lead as they finished the opening period on an 11-0 run with three triples to lead 25-14.

Emporia State went up by 21 with 3:56 left in the first half when Washburn put together a 9-0 burst over the course of nearly a minute and a half to chip away at the Lady Hornets’ lead. The visitors retaliated yet again to close out the quarter, going on a 7-0 run to carry a 46-27 advantage into the locker room. The Lady Hornets shot a scorching 73.9 percent from the field (17-of-23) while the Ichabods shot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) in the first half.

In the second half, the Washburn defense held Emporia State to just 25 percent shooting (7-of-28) and just 2-for-12 from deep as the Ichabods outscored ESU in the third (17-14) and fourth (13-9) quarters, but it was too late to overcome the early deficit. Reagan Phelan made it a 10 point game on two occasions as she hit a three-pointer with 4:07 in the fourth quarter and then a free throw a minute later, but that’s as close as it would get for the Ichabods.

Shelbe Piggie paced four Ichabods in double-digit scoring with 13 points. Thompson chipped in a dozen points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Hunter Bentley added 11 points and Alexis McAfee had 10 points to go along with five assists.

The Lady Hornets were led by Mollie Mounsey who finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.

Emporia State finished the contest with a 47.1 shooting percentage while Washburn was close behind with a 45.5 clip. The Ichabods won the battle of the boards with 27 rebounds to the Lady Hornets’ 26 with both teams pulling down 10 offensive rebounds. Emporia State grabbed 10 steals to Washburn’s nine while both teams scored 26 points off turn overs