The Lady Hornets took on the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes Monday night at White Auditorium. The #20 Hornets beat the Coyotes 88-56 and improved 3-1 on the season.
Emporia State took a 14-2 lead early in the game and never looked back – they led by as many as 33 points.
Rheanna Egli, junior guard and secondary education mathematics major, had a career night and led the Hornets early in scoring. She finished with 20 points total for the night. Elgi scored four for five from the three-point line, and had eight assists, four steals, and two blocks in the game.
“We will watch film, work on defense and offense and work on communicating better on the court,” Elgi said.
Hornet defense was led by Merissa Quick, sophomore forward and crime and delinquency studies major, who had a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 points, along with eight blocks in the game, nearly giving her a triple-double.
“We really want to make a run at the conference championship and go as far as we can this season,” Quick said.
On defense, junior forward Desiree Wylie had nine rebounds in the game, along with 14 points.
This was the first game this season for both sophomore forward Carly Spicer and junior forward Emily Barto. Spicer played six minutes and had one rebound and one assist. Barto played seven minutes and had one point in the game. Head Coach Jory Collins said he looks for the two to give the team the depth they need later on in the season.
“We want to compete for the conference championship and be right there the last week of February,” Collins said.
ESU had 36 points in the paint, 25 points off of turnovers and 14 second chance points to help them secure the win. The Hornets also shot 50 percent from the three-point line and 48 percent from the field. The Coyotes shot 34 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point line.
ESU will kick off the first of two MIAA games at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5th against Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla. They will play again at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8th against the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.