Valley women pounded by Emporia State

Monday, December 13, 2004

EMPORIA, Kan. -- Certainly someone thought it might be a good idea for the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team to play at Emporia State (Kan.).

The Lady Hornets obviously wouldn't disagree. The third-ranked team in NCAA Division II destroyed the Lady Vikings, 113-39, Saturday -- a performance as dominating as the final score indicated. Emporia State forced 44 turnovers -- 26 on steals -- controlled the boards by a 48-31 margin and shot 57.5 percent from the field.

The game was over nearly as soon as it started. After feeling each other out for a 4-4 deadlock one minute into the tilt, the Lady Hornets scored 26 straight points over the next eight minutes.

Freshman Michelle Stueve and senior Tywanda Harris came off the bench to score six points each during the stretch, which saw Valley cough the ball up on eight straight possessions at one point and six series in a row at another -- missing all five field-goal attempts.

Emporia State (8-0) led 65-16 at halftime and coasted the rest of the way. Stueve finished with a career-high 31 points, Harris had 22, senior Nicole Patry dished off 15 assists and senior Esmary Vargas-Sanchez grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots.

The Lady Vikings were led by senior Tiffani Schreiber's 14 points, with freshman Kinsey Crutchfield of Santa Fe scoring seven points in nine minutes. Valley (3-5) leaves for a three-game West Coast trip, beginning with Wednesday's contest at LaSierra (Calif.).

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