ST. JOSEPH – Tied at 66 in the final seconds of regulation, Missouri Western isolated Melia Richardson for the final shot. Richardson drove down the left baseline and sank a turnaround jumper to give Missouri Western the lead with 0.8 seconds remaining.
The Lady Hornets’ full-court inbound pass tipped out of bounds, giving Missouri Western (8-7, 3-3 MIAA) the 68-66 win over the Emporia State (11-4, 2-3 MIAA) at home on Sunday.
- The Griffons set the tone early with their defense in the first quarter, holding Emporia State to 11 percent shooting and just nine points in the first quarter.
- Both teams picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter, shooting a combined 61 percent as the Griffons took a 27-26 lead into halftime.
- Richardson led all scorers in the first half with 10 points.
- The Griffons outscored the Lady Hornets 18-14 in the third quarter to take a five-point lead into the final quarter.
- Emporia State used an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the second half with 4:29 to play.
- Katrina Roenfeldt’s made free-throw gave the Griffons the 66-64 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
- Jessica Wayne’s layup tied the game at 66 a piece with 19 seconds left.
- On the next possession, Richardson drilled the game-winner off the glass
- The Griffons shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and 66.7 percent in the fourth quarter
- MWSU out-rebounded Emporia State 33-27 and outscored the Hornets 36-20 in the paint
- Roenfeldt earned a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Roenfeldt scored 17 of her 22 in the second half.
- Richardson finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
- Brittany Atkins finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting
- Rivalry Saturday comes to the MWSU Fieldhouse Jan. 19 as the Griffons host Northwest Missouri (6-9, 2-4)
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