Emporia State gets big victory
Lady Hornets’ Hanf leads charge with 17 points, perfect from 3
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Emporia State shot 50 percent from the field and a blistering 67 percent from behind the 3-point line in a 60-54 win against No. 13 Northeastern State on Tuesday night.
Rachel Hanf put ESU on the board first with a 3-pointer 44 seconds into the game. NSU responded with a 9-0 run to take what would be its biggest lead of the night at 9-3 with 17:00 left in the first half. Back to back 3-point shots from Heather Robben knotted the score at 9-9.
The Riverhawks would go ahead 28-23 with 4:25 remaining before the Lady Hornets ended the half on a 15-2 run to go ahead 38-30. Hanf hit two treys in the final minute as she ended the first half 4-4 from the field.
ESU extended its lead to nine at 40-31 on Merissa Quick’s lay-up with 17:54 left in the game. NSU responded with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 44-44. Hanf then hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-0 run for the Lady Hornets as they took their biggest lead of the game at 55-44 with 5:31 remaining.
The Riverhawks would cut the lead to five at 59-54 with 54.7 seconds left in the game. ESU’s defense forced two misses by NSU in the final minute and Kelsey Balcom hit one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to seal the victory.
Hanf led the Lady Hornets with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. She was 6-8 from the field including a perfect 5-5 from behind the 3-point line. She was joined in double figures by Robben with 15 points and four assists. Quick had a game high 10 rebounds and three blocks to go with nine points.