The Emporia State Lady Hornets were unable to shoot well on Monday night and those troubles led to a 74-66 loss at Newman University on Monday.
ESU shot 40.7 percent overall from the field, including 12-of-32 in the second half, and went 12-of-25 from the free-throw line. Newman, meanwhile, shot a crisp 52.3 percent from the floor and shot 23-of-33 from the line.
Despite offensive struggles in the first half, ESU led 32-26 thanks to 10 points and eight rebounds from Tyra Jones. ESU increased the lead to seven points midway through the third, but Newman used a 9-2 run to reverse momentum and took a 48-46 lead after three quarters. ESU was able to tie the game at 50 early in the fourth quarter, but a 4-of-12 quarter from the line helped to seal the Lady Hornets' fate. Coach Jory Collins said it was more then poor shooting.
Jones finished with a team-high 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Nobody else for ESU was in double-digit scoring. Marissa Preston, Jacee Kramer and Kali Martin each scored nine points.
The shooting issues offset Emporia State's rebounding dominance. ESU outrebounded Newman 38-27, including 17-2 on the offensive side.
Now 2-2 on the season, ESU prepares to host Texas Woman's University at 1:30 pm Saturday. Pregame coverage will start at 1:10 pm on Mix 104.9 FM and the Mix 104.9 mobile app.