State Colleges

Emporia State women win NCAA Division II regional opener

The top-seeded Emporia State women advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Central Regional with a 97-65 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Friday in Searcy, Ark.

The Hornets sped to an 18-4 lead and stretched the advantage to 55-28 by halftime. Southwest Oklahoma outscored Emporia State 20-4 in the first six minutes of the second half to get within 59-48. A three-point play by Amber Vandiver and four points from Laura Patrick stretched the lead back to 18, and the margin grew from there.

Patrick led the Hornets with 27 points, and Merissa Quick had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Emporia State will play Wayne State at 6 p.m. Saturday for a spot in Monday’s regional final. The eight regional champions advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Erie, Pa.

Wayne State 83, Pittsburg State 77 — The Gorillas fell behind by 18 points in the first half of Friday’s second regional game, the rallied and grabbed the lead with 7:30 left in the second half but couldn’t hold on.

Antquinita Reed led Pittsburg State with 24 points and seven rebounds and Lizzy Jeronimus had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists.