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Lions women's basketball hosts Lady Bulldogs in home opener Saturday


Press Release MSSU: 

The MissouriSouthern women's basketball team hosts the Southwestern Oklahoma State LadyBulldogs on Saturday at 1 p.m. in their home opener at the Leggett & PlattAthletic Center.


Date: Saturday, Nov. 16,2013
Tip-Off:1:00 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record:Seriestied 2-2 (Home: 1-1, Neutral: 1-1)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (0-1 overall/at MSSU). Kelsi Musick (61-55, at SWOSU,61-55 overall).


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Lasttime out for the Lions (0-1): The Missouri Southern women's basketballteam fell 75-54 at Drury in their season opener at the O'Reilly FamilyEvent Center on Nov. 8. The Lions were led offensively by senior center ShonteClay who came off the bench to finish with 14 points and seven rebounds.Junior guard NicoleHartzog added 14 points while senior forward DominiqueMosley chipped in eight. Sophomore guard ShareseJones grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds while adding four points. Facing a36-23 deficit at halftime, the Lions came out of the locker room fighting asClay got an early layup to get the scoring going for Southern.

Unfortunately,Drury countered with a 12-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 48-25with 15:57 to play in the second half. Taking after their new coach RondaHubbard's fiery personality, Southern did not go down without a fight as Mosleycame into the game and scored four quick points after not scoring in the firsthalf. Chipping away, Southern cut the Lady Panthers lead to as low as 12(63-51) after a pair of free throws from Clay, but were unable to get anycloser. Southern shot 19-58 (32.8%) from the field, 10-25 (40%) fromthree-point range and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free-throw line in the game.

Lasttime out for the Lady Bulldogs (2-1): An 11-game losing streak for theSouthwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team againstNortheastern State was snapped Wednesday night (Nov.13) as the Lady Bulldogsknocked down over 50% of their field goal attempts and coasted to a 96-73victory over the Riverhawks.

Afterstarting slow, by her standards, Michelle Fisher poured in 23 points in thesecond half and finished with a career high 31 points to lead SWOSU to thevictory. Fisher hit 11-of-15 field goal attempts and 6-of-8 shots from downtownin the effort. Kylie Boggess hit 5-of-6 three pointers to finish with 15 pointswhile Taryn Sayama poured in 12 points in 19 minutes.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard is in her 13th year on the staff at MissouriSouthern and was promoted to the position of Interim Head Coach on July 2, 2013after the retirement of Maryann Mitts. During her 12 years with the Lions, shehas helped the team to a 189-145 record, including winning marks and a trip tothe MIAA post season tournament in all by one of those 12 seasons. In 2000-01,Hubbard helped the University of Texas-Pan American post its most wins in aseason since becoming an NCAA Division I institution in 1985, and the secondmost victories in school history. Prior to her stint at Texas-Pan American, sheserved on current Lions head coach Maryann Mitts' staff as an assistant atRockhurst University from 1996-2000. There, she helped the Lady Hawks post a68-45 record and advance to the 1997-98 Sweet 16.

KelsiMusick isin her fifth season leading the Southwestern Oklahoma State Universitywomen's basketball program in 2013-14. Musick returned to her home state tolead the Bulldogs in 2009 after previously assisting at Fresno StateUniversity. Musick has improved the teams win total in all four seasons she'sbeen at SWOSU, taking the team from three wins her first season to 25 in herfourth year. She is a two-time Great American Conference Coach of the Year,winning the award following both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

TheSeries between the two schools: The overall series between the Lionsand Lady Bulldogs is tied at 2-2 with Southern going 1-1 at both homeand neutral site. Their most recent matchup came on Nov. 26, 2005 as MSSUwon 69-61 at the Pittsburg State Pizza Hut Classic.

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