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Jones & Mosley spark Southern women's basketball past SWOSU 99-83

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Thanksto career-best performances from ShareseJones and DominiqueMosley, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team defeatedSouthwestern Oklahoma State 99-83 this afternoon in their home opener at theLeggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern(1-1) was led in scoring by Jones, as the sophomore guard from St.Charles registered a career-high 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting from thefield while going 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Mosley added acareer-high 27 points on 12-19 shooting from the field. Combining to grab28 of the Lions' 48 rebounds, both Jones and Mosley ended with career-highsin boards as Jones grabbed 15 boards and Mosley chipped in 13.

ShawneePhillips added 15 points off the bench, nailing three three-pointers while AlexisFitzpatrick led Southern with 10 assists. SamanthaSoyez added seven dimes of her own while scoring eight points.

SouthwesternOklahoma (2-2) was led in scoring by Sarina Sayama who finished with 16points while Michelle Fisher added 14 points.

With the gamedeadocked at 20 after the first ten minutes of play, the Lions went on aquick 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Shawnee Phillips, but theLady Bulldogs answered right back with a 7-0 run of their own to tiethe game at 27 with five minutes to play in the first half. Athree-pointer from Nicole Hartzog and a layup from Jones pushedSouthern's lead to five and they extended that cushion to seven as they went tothe locker room at halftime up 42-35.

Shooting 50%(16-32) from the field in the first half, Southern continued theirhot shooting in the second half as they opened the second stanza on a 11-5 runto take a 13-point (53-40) lead after a Mosley layup. Expanding their leadto as large as 25 (80-55) after a Jones layup and free throw with seven minutesto play, the Lions held off a late rally from the Lady Bulldogs that saw Southern'slead cut to as low as 14 (93-79) to secure the win.

The Lionsshot an impressive 54.7% (35-64) from the field while going 7-18 (38.9)from three-point range and 22-28 (78.6) from the free-throw line. The 99 pointsthe Lions put on the scoreboard was their highest output in nearly eight yearsas the last time they scored 99 or more points was on December 6, 2005 againstOzark Christian when they scored 104 points.

Southern helda 48-38 edge in rebounds over the Lady Bulldogs while picking up 25 assists.They also outscored Southwestern 44-34 in the paint.

TheLions return to action at home on Friday as they host the MSSU PizzaHut/Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic playing Avila (Mo.) (1-4) at 7p.m at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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