EMPORIA, Kan. -- Eleventh-ranked West Texas A&M dropped its first game of the season at No. 3 Emporia State on Sunday afternoon 78-64. Emporia State improved to 9-0 while the Lady Buffs fell to 7-1.
Red-hot shooting by ESU, along with 24 Lady Hornet defensive rebounds and cold shooting by WT from beyond the arc proved to be the difference in the game.
ESU shot an even 60 percent for the game on 30 of 50 from the field. The Lady Hornets were 5 of 10 from beyond the arc and 13 of 17 from the line. ESU tallied 34 rebounds, including a 24-11 advantage on the defensive end.
The Lady Buffs were 25 of 59 from the field for 42.4 percent and were just 3 of 13 from beyond the arc for a 23.1 percent. WT was 11 of 13 from the line, but had a season-low 22 rebounds.
Emporia State had three players in double figures led by 21 from Laura Patrick on 8 of 15 from the field and 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. Kionna Kellog chipped in 16 points on 7 of 10 from the field and one triple, while Kelly Moten had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Lady Buffs were led by 18 points from junior Chontiquah White who was 6 of 11 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line. Senior Casey Land tallied 14 points on 6 of 14 from the field, despite being just 1 of 6 from beyond the arc. No other Lady Buff had more than seven points.
ESU never trailed in the game as it scored 12 of the first 16 points in the game. The Lady Buffs continued to fight and pulled within three at 20-17 with 11:13 left on Land's lone triple of the game. The Lady Hornets quickly went back up eight and led 27-21 with 8:42 left. The Lady Hornets used a 15-9 run the rest of the half for a 42-30 lead at intermission, including back-to-back triples in the final 90 seconds of the half.
A jumper by senior Raven Gerald brought WT within 51-39 with 13:44 left, but the Lady Hornets once again had the answer as they swelled the lead to 65-44 with 6:59 left on a 14-5 run.
The Lady Buffs continued to chip away and back-to-back triples by sophomore Danielle Logan ended the scoring and brought WT within 78-64 in the final minute.