Top-ranked Lady Hornets cruise in MIAA opener

Emporia State women's basketball defeats NW Missouri 80-44 at White Auditorium.

EMPORIA (KSNT) – Emporia State women’s basketball garnered the top spot in the national rankings this week and the Lady Hornets did not disappoint in the MIAA Conference opener as ESU defeated NW Missouri 80-44 at White Auditorium.

ESU sophomore guard Kelly Moten led the way with a game-high 18 points.

“I guess it’s fun to be ranked number one it looks good by your name,” Emporia State head coach Jory Collins said. “It’s probably better for recruiting and alumni and all that kind of stuff but for us it doesn’t really matter. We’re trying to do what we do every single practice and every single game. That’s for everybody else to talk about. We’re just trying to play our game.”

The Lady Hornets (6-0) led by as many as 39 points and earned their 20th-straight victory at home.

“I feel like regardless we have a target on our backs because of the name that we have and because of the history we have of winning,” Moten said. “I feel like everybody is out to get us. It doesn’t matter what the number is.”

Emporia State is home again on Saturday for a non-conference meeting against Newman.

The ESU men dropped the nightcap 63-57. Terrence Moore paced the Hornets with 17 points. The Hornets also play on Saturday night and will host Rockhurst.

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