Emporia State finished a point shy of an Elite Eight trip, losing 75-74 to Augustana on Monday in the NCAA Division II Tournament at Topeka. Alex Feeney hit two clutch free throws with .7 remaining for the Vikings to ice the game. Feeney led all scorers with 24 points.
The Hornets had erased a ten-point halftime deficit. Augustana led by as many as 15 points in the opening half.
ESU would then use a 9-0 run early in the second half to cut the lead to just one point. Several ties and lead changes resulted in ESU holding another three-point advantage with 41 seconds to play. ESU would get to the line after Augustana took a one-point lead and the Hornets took a 74-73 lead with 13 seconds left.
Merissa Quick had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets. Rheanna Egli added 17 points, while Rachel Hanf had 16 points and seven rebounds. Laura Patrick finished the game with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Hornets were 23 of 23 from the free throw line, matching their MIAA record for best free-throw percentage for a team (minimum 23) against Central Methodist on Dec. 14, 2007.
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Egli, Quick and Patrick earned All-Central Regional Tournament team honors.
EMPORIA STATE: Cummings 5, Quick 18, Egli 17, Hanf 16, Patrick 14, Wylie 2, Wood 2. Totals 23-61 (5-18) 23-23 74.
AUGUSTANA: Nelson 11, Feeney 24, Ashley 8, Schulte 9, Nordgaard 3, Koehn 15, Bose 5. Totals 20-59 (9-23) 26-32 75.
Halftime — Augustana 37, Emporia State 27. 3’s — Emporia State 5-18 (Cummings, Egli, Hanf, Patrick 2), Augustana 9-23 (Feeney 4, Schulte, Nordgaard, Koehn 3). Rebounds — Emporia State 39 (Quick 8), Augustana 35 (Feeney 9). Assists — Emporia State 8 (Patrick 3), Augustana 13 (three with three). A — 1372.