MSU Roundup: Mustangs WBB Fall to #4 Emporia State

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 4 Emporia State pushes past Mustangs, 77-55

No. 4 Emporia State's combined offensive efficiency and the ability to control the glass to come away with a 77-55 win over Midwestern State Saturday afternoon on Slaymaker Court at W.L. White Auditorium.

"We just didn't score very well and we didn't rebound the way we needed to," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "Credit to Emporia State, they have some big post girls who were physical and able to push us around. They exposed some weaknesses and that's why you play these games."

The Hornets, who improved to 6-0 on the season, controlled a 39-22 rebounding edge snagging 20 of those on the offensive to convert 25 second-chance to take control of the game.

Emporia State burst out of the gates on a 9-2 run before the Mustangs countered to take a 10-9 lead as the game remained throughout the opening 15 minutes.

But the Hornets connected on three of their four first-half 3-pointers to open up a 39-24 advantage at the half and stretched the lead to 19 early in the second half.

MSU junior guard Dianna Jones scored 12 of the Mustangs' first 16 points after intermission including her lone 3-pointer of the ball game to pull MSU to within eight with 12 minutes to play.

She would finish with a team-high 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor while connecting on 7-of-8 free throws.

"Dianna had a great second half for us," Johnson said. "We tried to key in on getting their girls in foul trouble in the second half to try to chip away at the free throw line. We just have to be a little more aggressive from the jump."

The Hornets answered with a run of their own to push the margin out to a game-high 23 points with 8:12 to play.

Senior guard Rheanna Egli paced a group of four ESU players in double figures with 15 points and five assists hitting two 3-pointers, while senior guard Laura Patrick also connected on a pair of treys to finish with 14 points.

Senior forward Desiree Wylie added 13 points and nine rebounds, senior forward Kionna Kellogg had 11 points and junior forward Amber Vandiver chipped in nine points and a game-high 11 boards.

MSU junior forward Andrea Carter added nine points and a team-high three rebounds while junior forward Taylor Dowd, senior forward Skyler Warrick and junior forward Shambreka Jones finished with six points each.

The Mustangs return to action Tuesday night against McMurry at Kimbrell Arena in Abilene. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S GOLF: Moore, Mullins sign with Mustangs

Midwestern State coach Jeff Ray announced the signings of a pair of prep standouts to National Letters of Intent Saturday afternoon.

Burkburnett High's Sarah Moore will join the MSU women's golf program for the 2014-15 season while Will Mullins out of Mansfield Legacy High will bolster the men's team beginning next fall.

Moore enjoyed a stellar junior career winning the Texas-Oklahoma Open last summer putting away the title with a final round 67 (-5) to win by four strokes. She also claimed two Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) championships in 2012 and 2013.

Moore led Burkburnett High to a regional title as the Bulldogs claimed three district championships in her first three prep seasons.

She will join older sister Brenna, who helped the Mustangs to NCAA Division II Regional appearances in 2011 and 2012, on the MSU roster.

"Sarah is a proven winner at the junior level," Ray said. "There is no doubt she will make an immediate impact for our program her. Her short game ability is impressive and she also has a great determination to win tournaments. With her ability she sets the mark very high. As a coach, she is the kind of student-athlete you want in your program. I am extremely excited Sarah is coming to Midwestern State. Our team just became better with her signing."

Mullins has enjoyed a solid prep career at Legacy High School earning second-team Texas Class 4A honors as a junior in 2012-13 after helping the Broncos to a district championship last spring. He was a second-team all-district performer as a sophomore in 2012.

"Will is a very hard worker focused on improving his game each day," Ray said. "I look forward to having him compete and grow in our program."