Emporia State stuns Washburn
Cummings scores 27 points to help Hornets advance
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Jocelyn Cummings scored a career-high 27 points to propel Emporia State to a 71-65 victory against Washburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament. With the win, the Lady Hornets will head to their ninth regional championship game and will play Pittsburg State on Monday night.
ESU fell behind 15-5 with 12:22 left before going on a 13-4 run to pull within a point on a Rheanna Egli jumper with 7:25 remaining in the half. A pair of Stevi Schultz free throws gave the Lady Blues a 27-23 advantage at the 4:51 mark. Egli then hit a jumper to start a 10-0 run that put the Lady Hornets ahead for good. A Sarah Wood free throw gave ESU a six-point lead at 33-27 with 1:18 left in the half. Ebonie Williams scored an old fashioned three-point play for WU as the teams went to the locker rooms with ESU leading 35-32.
The Lady Hornets shot .545 from the field in the first half and would shoot a blistering .619 from the field in the second half as they built a 13-point lead midway through the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rachel Hanf and Cummings made it 55-42 ESU with 9:49 remaining.
ESU led 66-56 with 3:06 left when WU made their final push. A 7-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Schultz, cut the Lady Hornet lead to two at 67-65 with 24.5 seconds left. Kelsey Balcom then hit two free throws with 12.3 seconds left and Heather Robben converted two with 3.5 seconds left to seal the 71-65 victory.
Cummings was the only Lady Hornet in double figures, but Balcom, Robben and Kathry Flott all had eight points. Balcom led ESU with nine rebounds while Egli dished four assists.