The Emporia State Lady Hornet basketball team held off a pesky Southwestern team to score an 81-63 victory at White Auditorium Saturday night. The win improves the Lady Hornets to 7-0 on the season.
ESU led by as many as 20 points in the first half, only to see the Lady Builders trim it to 11 at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Hornets had a 19 point lead whittled to 7 before regaining control. ESU had to deal with some foul trouble as both Merissa Quick and Amber Vandiver fouled out. Lady Hornet coach Jory Collins credited Southwestern, but wasn't pleased with his team's overall effort.
ESU was led by Laura Patrick with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks. Desiree Wiley had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Wiley says she's becoming more and more comfortable with her role and has tremendous confidence the team will build on this game.
Kionna Kellog, with 11, and Amber Vandiver, with 10, were also in double figures.
The Lady Hornets are off until next Saturday when they'll open MIAA play at Northwest Missouri State.