EMPORIA, Kan. — In a battle of top-25 teams, No. 22 Emporia State defeated No. 10 Northeastern State 52-42 on Saturday afternoon. The win moved the Lady Hornets to 7-4 against top-10 teams at home all-time.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Edinboro 75, Lock Haven 52|
|Michigan Tech 78, No. 4 Wayne St. 65|
|No. 5 Clayton St. 85, Montevallo 50|
|No. 6 Ashland 90, Tiffin 50|
|No. 9 Bentley 63, St. Anselm 45|
|No. 22 Emporia St. 52, No. 10 NE State 42|
|No. 11 Washburn 75, Ft. Hays St. 55|
|No. 12 Pittsburg St. 88, NW Missouri St. 48|
|No. 14 Rollins 62, Eckerd 55|
|No. 19 Lander 96, Francis Marion 62|
|No. 24 UW-Parkside 56, N. Kentucky 54|
In a physical game ESU trailed 5-2 at the first media timeout and were behind 12-2 midway through the first half. The RiverHawks went up 15-7 with 6:45 left on a 3-pointer by Katy Harsen.
The Lady Hornets responded with a 15-0 run and took the lead on Kelsey Balcom’s layup. Balcom then hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to send ESU to the locker room with a 25-17 lead.
ESU went up by nine at 36-27 on a layup by Heather Robben with 11:00 left in the game. NSU responded with an 11-2 run to tie the score at 38 on Sarah Green’s 3-pointer.
Balcom gave the Lady Hornets the lead for good on a put back with 5:40 left. Neither team would score over the next 3:08 until Rachel Hanf hit a 3-pointer with 2:42 left to give ESU a 43-38 lead.
The Lady Hornets then connected on nine of 13 free throws in the final 1:19 to secure their third win against a top-25 team this year.
Robben led all scorers with 16 points while Balcom added a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Merissa Quick was also in double figures in rebounds with 11 while Sarah Wood pulled down a career-high nine boards. As a team ESU outrebounded NSU 51-26 on the night.