A day of season highs, career bests and late clutch runs propelled the Missouri Western women’s basketball into a 82-74 victory against Emporia State.
The Griffons attacked the Hornets early, taking an 18-7 lead in the first. Brionna Budgetts hit two threes and Trinity Knapp and Connie Clarke dominated the paint. The Hornets would come roaring back as they would erupt for a 10-point run late in the first quarter.
Missouri Western would then go on their own 11-0 run, fueled by true freshman Meredith Rieker knocking down three triples she would go on to finish with a career-high nine points, a career high. extending the lead to 33-19 until Emporia State went on another run to get within a point. Budgetts would connect with a buzzer beating three pointer to give the Griffons breathing room going to halftime with a 40-36 lead.
Emporia State took control out of the break, jumping out to a 56-54 lead. would jump out to 56-54. Knapp would score two quick buckets but the Hornets however would take the lead late thanks to their aggressive play and getting to the free throw line.
In the fourth, Missouri Western take the lead thanks to an eruption from Budgetts, scoring nine points slamming the door for any hope of a comeback for Emporia State. Budgetts would finish with 24 points, knocking down six threes a career high and second most in a game in program history.
Knapp would finish the game with a career high 17 points while pulling in a season-best six rebounds
. Clarke finished with a career-high six assists and Johnni Gonzalez dished out a career-high eight assists.
Next up for Missouri Western (9-4, 4-2 MIAA) they’ll be in action on Dec. 28 at home inside of the MWSU Fieldhouse when they’ll be taking on St. Mary (8- 5, 4-4 KCAC) in a non conference matchup.