Emporia State and Pittsburg State are set to have a showdown in the second round of the women’s NCAA Division II tournament.
Both teams won first-round games Friday in the Central Region in Searcy, Ark.
The Hornets, who are the top seed in the region, got by Northern State (S.D.) 71-68. Emporia State, which was led by Kelly Moten’s 24 points, fell into an early 11-2 hole and did not lead in the game until 1 minute, 9 seconds left when Kyrstie Miller hit the second of back-to-back three-pointers.
Emporia State will face No. 5 seed Pittsburg State on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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The Gorillas rolled by fourth-seeded Central Oklahoma 75-51. Madison Northcutt scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Pittsburg State, which was swept by Emporia State in two MIAA games this season.
▪ No. 6 seed Central Missouri also won its game in Searcy, topping Minnesota State-Moorhead 56-45. Megan Skaggs led Central Missouri with 17 points.
Central Missouri will face No. 2 seed and regional host Harding at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The winner will face the Emporia State-Pittsburg State winner on Monday in the regional championship.
▪ Drury, the second seed in the Midwest Region in Ashland Ohio, also advanced to the second round. Drury coasted past Bellarmine (Ky.) 75-57, and will face Saginaw Valley (Mich.) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Paige Wilson had 16 points for Drury on Friday.