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Southern women's basketball tips-off MIAA play hosting Nebraska-Kearney Thursday

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Fresh off apair of non-conference road wins this past week, the Missouri SouthernLions women's basketball team tips-off MIAA conference play on Thursday hostingNebraska- Kearney at 5:30 p.m. in the Leggett & Platt AthleticCenter.  

GameInformation

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5,2013
Tip-Off:5:30 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSUleads 15-13 (Home: 8-6, Away: 7-7)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (5-1 at MSSU, overall). Kevin Chaney (31-54 at Nebraska-Kearney,overall).

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MSSURadio:KZYM-AM 1230 The Talker, Mike McClure, Play-by-Play
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Lasttime out for the Lions (5-1): Thanks to a career-high 30 points from seniorforward DominiqueMosley, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team raced pastRockhurst 82-56 Saturday (Nov. 30) afternoon at the Mason-Halpin Field House.

Becoming thefirst Lion to score 30 points in a game since Jasmine Lovejoy in 2011 when shescored 33 points in the season finale against Pittsburg State, Mosley finished10-of-13 from the field while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throwline. She added a career-high 14 rebounds, including seven of the Lions (5-1)nine offensive boards on the afternoon.

ShareseJones nearly had her second double-double of the season as she added 15points and nine rebounds. NicoleHartzog chipped in 15 points and AlexisFitzpatrick scored 10 to go along with five assists.

Lasttime out for the Lopers (3-3): The Sioux Falls women's basketball scored 55second half points to roar back from a halftime deficit and beat Nebraska-Kearney,88-71, Tuesday night (Nov. 26) in South Dakota.

Kearney,which defeated USF by a 54-45 score last year, led 42-33 at the break. To getthat advantage, UNK closed on a 14-5 run that featured a three pointer fromLexington sophomore Sydney Seberger and four points from Beatrice senior ShelbyZimmerman. Sioux Falls quickly grabbed the momentum back, scoring the first 12points of the second half. The Cougars then built a double digit lead, only tosee UNK have a comeback of its own.

The Lopersgot within three, 69-66, with 5:35 to play after a bucket by junior post AmarahWilliams (St. Louis, Mo.). However, senior reserve Bailey Bouman hit threetreys, in about 90 seconds, to quickly make it a 12-point game.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (5-1) 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 but 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.

KevinChaney (31-54)is in his fourth year at Nebraska-Kearney and enters tonight's game with a31-54 overall record at UNK. A California native, Chaney has worked at two NCAADivision I schools (Nevada & Southern Illinois Edwardsville), two NCAADivision II schools (Minnesota-Duluth & Lincoln, Mo.) and one juniorcollege (Solano C.C., Calif.). The Lopers were 7-18 overall in 2012-13, 4-14 intheir first season in the MIAA. In 2011-12, seniors Debi Johnson and Vanessa LeeperJones both were named All-RMAC for a second straight year with Leeper Jonesbeing tabbed an Academic All-American.

Theseries between the schools: The Lions lead the overall series with theLopers 15-13. Southern is 8-6 at home and 7-7 on the road. The Lions lost lastyear's match-up in heartbreaking fashion 67-60 in overtime. Hartzog scored ateam-high 11 points and Mosley chipped in nine points and six rebounds.

Mosleynamed MIAA Athlete of the Week: For her outstanding performance atRockhurst and a great outing earlier in the at Northwestern Oklahoma, seniorforward Dominique Mosley earned MIAA Athlete of the Week honors this week. TheChicago native scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed a career-best 14rebounds in Southern's 82-56 win at Rockhurst Saturday. She went 10-13 from thefield while going a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line andgrabbed seven of the Lions nine offensive rebounds. She also scored24 points while snagging seven rebounds and swiping a career-high fivesteals earlier in the week in an 84-54 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

MIAATeam Rankings: TheLions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.794), 2nd in FGpercentage (.470), 3rd in  scoring offense (78.7 ppg) and 4th inrebounding offense (41.8 rpg).

MIAA IndividualRankings:Several Lions lead or rank highly in the MIAA in certain individualcategories. SamanthaSoyez leads the MIAA in assists averaging 6.7 apg as sheset a new career-high with 11 in the win over Evangel on Nov. 23. ShonteClay leads the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting66.7% from the field hitting 32-48 on the year. Nicole Hartzog leads the MIAA infree-throw percentage at 1.000% hitting a perfect 23-of-23 on the year. Alexis Fitzpartickleads the MIAA in assist/turnover ration at 8.7 as she has 26 assists and onlythree turnovers on the year. ShareseJones ranks second in the league in rebounding grabbing 9.7rpg. Mosley is fourth grabbing 9.2 rpg. Mosleyranks third in the MIAA in scoring averaging 19.5 ppg.  Jones is 9th at 15.8ppg.

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