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BLOSS SHINES FOR EMPORIA STATE

February 10, 2001

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Now, with five regular-season games left in her collegiate career, Bloss is climbing Emporia State's record book and a candidate for all-America honors.

"It hasn't really hit me yet," Bloss said Wednesday, following a 55-50 victory over Washburn, of her senior season winding down. "We have so many more games that I'm planning on playing."

Bloss has played and won plenty of games at Emporia State. The 6-foot forward is tied with Tara Holloway for most wins by a Hornet (111). Bloss should pass Holloway today when ESU, 20-1 and ranked No. 3 in NCAA Div. II, travels to Missouri Southern.

Bloss is also chasing Holloway on the school's scoring chart. Holloway ranks No. 2 with 1,839 career points and Bloss is third at 1,731. Carolyn Richard's 2,378 career points in 1982-87 is out of reach.

Bloss has put up offensive numbers without being the Hornets' go-to player the first three seasons. Her scoring averages have increased all four seasons -- 8.5, 14.8, 16.1 and 21.7. She currently ranks second in the nation in scoring average.

"She's always kind of been the player in the offensive shadow, kind of making a living of the Tara Holloways or one of the Kausaites (sisters Aneta and Jurgita) when they were the go-to player," third-year ESU coach Brandon Schneider said. "This year we've asked her to step in that role and we've feel like she's filled that."

Schneider was a Hornet assistant when Bloss arrived at ESU as a freshman.

"Emily came in as a tremendous athlete with a lot of great attributes," Schneider said. "She has very good quickness, good speed up and down the court. We've seen significant improvement in her skill level each and every year. With that, we've seen constant rise in her numbers."

Bloss, who scored more than 20 in 15 of 21 games this season, also averages 7.8 rebounds and shoots 56.4 percent from the field.

"It's going a lot better than I expected," Bloss said of her senior season. "We've overcome a lot of challenges."

The Hornets are winning with just eight players on their roster. Bloss, Ricka McKee, Myshka Wilkerson, Deena Holloway and Jamie Blakely have started all 21 games.

"Coach has really emphasized that I need to do my job and stay out of foul trouble," Bloss said.

Bloss, who has a 3.96 grade-point average in health promotions, is scheduled to graduate in May. She was a first-team academic all-American as a junior.

Before graduating, Bloss is eyeing the NCAA Div. II national tournament.

"We've been so close the last three years, reaching the final game, the final four and the elite eight," she said. "We're just missing one trophy and that's the championship trophy."

-- Sports writer Steve Rottinghaus can be reached at 832-7152.

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