Jan 12, 2020 5:00 AM

Missouri Western women rally, but come up short at No. 16 ESU 74-70

Posted Jan 12, 2020 5:00 AM

EMPORIA, Kan. - The Missouri Western women's basketball team needed another quarter Saturday at Emporia State. The Griffons (12-3, 4-2 MIAA) got better and better as the game went on, but a big first half hole was too much to dig out of as the No. 16-ranked Lady Hornets (12-2, 5-0) ended Missouri Western's seven-game win streak, 74-70.

Missouri Western used 32 fourth quarter points and 56% shooting over the final 10 minutes to climb back and get within as many as three points late in the game. It was a stark contrast from the seven point, 27% shooting first quarter that put MWSU down by 14 after 10 minutes of play. Missouri Western outscored Emporia State 22-5 from the five minute mark, getting nine points from Corbyn Cunningham and seven from Anastacia Johnson to cut the ESU lead to 70-67 with 23 seconds left. Emporia State went 4 for 4 from the free throw line after that with Johnson adding a 3-pointer late to reach the final score.

NOTABLES

- Missouri Western trailed by 22 with 34 seconds left in the first half and went to the locker room down 19.

- The big run came in the fourth quarter, but MWSU clawed back in the game in the third when ESU shot just 23% from the field.

- MWSU forced five ESU turnovers in the third quarter with the Lady Hornets scoring eight of their 15 points in the quarter at the free throw line.

- The Griffons went 10 of 18 from the field in the fourth after going 8 for 26 in the entire first half and outscored ESU by 12 in the quarter.

- Cunningham scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the fourth quarter while drawing six fouls. She ended the game with 18 points and 11 boards.

- Johnson scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

- Logan Hughes scored 10 points, with all 10 coming in the second half.

- Chris Wilson exited in the first half with an injury. Wilson was leading the Griffons with eight points on 4 for 4 shooting and four rebounds when she was injured.

UP NEXT

Missouri Western ends a three-game road swing with a trip to Northwest Missouri State (8-7, 3-3) on Jan. 18. The Bearcats lost 59-43 at Washburn on Saturday.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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Jan 12, 2020 5:00 AM
Northwest Missouri State women lose at Washburn 59-43

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State University women's basketball team fell to the Washburn Ichabods 59-43. Northwest really struggled to find the basket in this game shooting only 26% from the field in the game. The Bearcats were outrebounded 34-19. The Bearcats took care of the ball well only committing nine turnovers to Washburn's 17.

The first five minutes of basketball of this game resulted in just 8 points total with the Ichabods leading 5-3. The Bearcats played great defense and part of their offensive struggle may have been in part to the fact, that leading scorer Kendey Eaton did not play in this game. The Bearcats trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The Ichabods started the second quarter on a 6-0 run. After that 6-0 run the Bearcats won the quarter 11-9. Northwest was able to stay in the game by hitting 7-8 free throws and forcing eight Washburn turnovers in the first half.

The third quarter was a low scoring quarter as well, after the third quarter the Ichabods led 39-31. Washburn's Hayley Thompson hit a half court shot to end the third quarter.

The Ichabods asserted their dominance in the fourth quarter, winning the final quarter 20-12.

Mallory McConkey was the only Bearcat in double figures with 16 points. Jayna Green led Northwest with six rebounds.

Hunter Bentley led the Ichabods with 16 points, and Hayley Thompson and Shelbe Piggie added 11. Bentley added nine rebounds and two steals.

Northwest will be back in action against Missouri Western in Bearcat Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

--- Northwest Athletics ---