The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 9, 2014

Lady Hornets claim crown

Emporia State edges Central Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Merissa Quick scored twice on the inside in the final minute as Emporia State edged Central Missouri 75-71 Sunday afternoon in the MIAA Postseason Tournament championship game at Municipal Auditorium.

The Lady Hornets (28-3) went on a 17-0 run for a 29-19 lead with 6:20 left in the first half and led 38-29 at the intermission.

The Jennies (25-4) caught the Hornets at 71-71 with 1:16 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Breonna Embray and Shelby Winkelmann.

Emporia State got the ball inside to Quick, and she scored with the left hand for a two-point lead with one minute left. After the Jennies’ Keuna Flax missed a 3-pointer, the Hornets went back into the paint to Quick, and her bucket from the right side produced a four-point lead with 10 seconds left.

Quick, 6-foot-3 junior, scored 18 points and was named the tournament’s outstanding player. Kelly Moten added 17 points, and Laura Patrick had 11.

Winkelmann led the Jennies with 16 points, followed by Flax with 15, Revonnia Howard with 14 and 15 rebounds and BreAnna Lewis with 11 points.

Moten, Flax, Winkelmann and Jacqui Zelenka of Southwest Baptist joined Quick on the all-tournament team.

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