Western falls (11-13) below .500 winning percentage after the loss to Emporia State (15-7) 60-40.
In the beginning, all was well. Western had outscored the Hornets in the second quarter. Emporia was not allowed a field goal for 6:33 and only connected 2-10 from the field.
Western ended the half with momentum from a Savannah Lentz bucket at the buzzer. They were down by four at halftime, by a score of 29-25.
Emporia opened the second half on a 13-2 run that lasted almost eight minutes to take the lead 42-27 in the third quarter. Emporia State’s defense picked up in the second half, holding Western at 15 points for the half.
“I thought we played hard and we are just battling the amount of kids that we have,” Edmisson said. “This time of year, a lot of people are wearing down. The first half of was competitive and the second just kind of got away from us. We just couldn’t make a run and get back.”
Savannah Lentz scored a career-high of 14 points and was 4-9 from the 3-point line. Lentz and KeShara Scott had 13-28 rebounds for Western. Dossou Ndiaye had a career-high four blocks, which made up half of the team’s total.
Western women’s basketball is now 1-9 away from home.
“You know its hard to win on the road in this league,” said Melia Richardson. “We just didn’t do enough of the little things and that’s what ultimately what caused us to lose the game.”
Some of the players seem rather critical of themselves after the loss. Richardson expressed her opinion of her teammates and her trust in the staff.
“Our coaches are great about giving out game plans and giving us stuff that works. Us as players just need to focus more on executing what they give us,” Richardson said. “We just gotta go out there and really be disciplined about what we do.”
Cera Ledbetter also gave her thoughts on the same matter.
“I feel like it was a battle that we could have won. We just have self-inflicted things that held us back from pulling out with the win,” Ledbetter said. “I feel that if we had those things under control the outcome would have been better than what it was.”
Missouri Western also lost the Wednesday prior away at Washburn, making their record 11-13. The team is third up from being last in the MIAA conference as they are 4-11 in conference play.
Women’s basketball plays its last home games this season on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Missouri Southern (10-13) comes to town as Western looks to redeem itself from the last time they met. The last home game of the season will be this Saturday against Pittsburg State (19-5).