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Dec. 16, 2023Game | Basketball

Northwest 55, Emporia State 48

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Northwest Missouri State never led during regulation, but they jumped in front of Emporia State in overtime en route to a 55-48 win Saturday afternoon.

The Bearcats (9-2, 4-2 MIAA) tied the Hornets 46-46 with a free throw from Laini Joseph with 1:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. Northwest took the lead just 16 seconds into overtime on a jump shot by Molly Hartnett. Emporia scored two points in the final 9:48 of the game.

Hartnett scored all of her game-high 20 points after halftime. She also pulled in six rebounds and four steals.

Northwest made just one of 20 three-point attempts in the game, and trailed by 16 points in the second quarter. A strong defensive effort, which included 13 steals, seven blocked shots and 27 ESU turnovers, brought the Bearcats all the way back.

Jayna Green finished with eight points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Caely Kesten chipped in with eight points.

Northwest is back home for a non-conference game against Augustana Tuesday, December 19 at 1:30pm. Pregame on KXCV 90.5 and KRNW 88.9 begins at 1pm.