March 13, 2009

Courtesy of Emporia State

March 13, 2009-The #13 Lady Hornets trailed 18-2 to start the game, but came back behind Ida Edwards’ 20 points and 17 rebounds to claim a 78-75 overtime victory over #21 St. Mary’s in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament in Canyon, Texas.

Cassondra Boston’s lay-up with 24 seconds left in overtime gave ESU the lead and Allie Renberg hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to ice the win for the Lady Hornets. ESU had scored the first three points of the extra frame, but went 3:24 without a score to trail 73-70 with 1:37 remaining.  Boston hit a jumper to pull the Lady Hornets within a point with 1:24 left and assisted on Lacy Corker’s lay-up on the break with 57 seconds left to give ESU the lead.  St. Mary’s Ashton Benford put back of a missed Chastity Noble free throw with 34 seconds left gave the lead back to St. Mary’s before Boston’s heroics at the end.

It didn’t look like the Lady Hornets could even think about overtime at the onset as ESU trailed 18-2 at the 13:32 mark of the first half before responding with a 16-2 run of their own to pull within 20-18 at the 7:38 mark.  Edwards scored six points during the run.  ESU led 29-25 on a pair of Brittany Miller free throws with 3:27 left in the half, but St. Mary’s scored the final four points of the frame to go to the lockerroom tied at 29.

The second half had six ties and eight lead changes.  Corker hit a three-pointer for ESU with 46 seconds left to give the Lady Hornets a 63-61 lead and Allie Renberg pushed it to four points with two free throws at the 24 second mark.  Rachel Jones then scored an old fashioned three-point play with 11.3 seconds left to pull the Rattlers within 65-64.  Edwards hit two more free throws for ESU with 8.5 seconds left and the Rattlers were able to force overtime when Natalie Gamez banked in a three pointer with 0.5 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 67-67.

In addition to Edwards’ 13th double-double of the season, Boston had 15 points and eight assists for ESU and Lacy Corker added 12 points off the bench.

Rachel Jones led St. Mary’s with 18 points and was joined in double figures by Natalie Gamez with 16 points, Ashton Benford with 14 and Mallory Moeller with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

With the win ESU will advance to the regional semifinals for the tenth time in school history.  The Lady Hornets will play the winner of the final game of the night between West Texas A&M and Abilene Christian. Tip-off for the regional semifinal is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in Canyon, Texas.

NOTES:

This was the third overtime game for ESU in NCAA Tournament play (#8 ESU 61, at #1 WU 59 on 3/13/06; #7 ESU 78, at #1 Drury 71 on 3/12/05).

ESU is now 20-11 (.645) all-time in NCAA Tournament games.

This was the fifth time this season Edwards has had at least 15 rebounds.