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After openingMIAA play at home last weekend with a pair of victories, the Missouri Southernwomen's basketball team closes out non-conference play on Monday hosting theWilliam Woods Owls at 5:30 p.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

GameInformation

Date: Monday, Dec. 16,2013
Tip-Off:5:30 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSUleads 6-4 (Home: 3-0, Away: 2-3, Neutral: 1-1)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (7-1 at MSSU, overall). Dan Chapla (134-38 at William Woods,211-148 overall).

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Lasttime out for the Lions (7-1): Helping Missouri Southern women'sbasketball secure their first win over a ranked opponent since February 26,2011, senior center ShonteClay led four Lions in double figures as Southern downed No. 20 Washburn68-59 this afternoon at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Clay finishedwith 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Also in double figures forthe Lions (7-1, 2-0 MIAA) were AlexisFitzpatrick, who finished with a career-best 16 points. ShareseJones added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. DominiqueMosley chipped in 11 points and six boards.

With theLions up 33-28 at halftime, the Ichabods came out of the halftime break on fireas they reeled off the first seven points of the half to take their first leadsince they started the game up 2-0. A three-pointer from Fitzpatrick endedWashburn's run as a free throw from Washburn tied the game at 36 before theteams traded three pointers to deadlock the game again at 39 with 16:04 toplay. The Lions answered with a 21-8 run over the next nine and half minutes totake a 60-47 lead with 6:35 to play. That run featured 13 points from Clay,including eight straight points from the Chicago native.

Washburnrefused to go away quietly as they responded with a 10-0 run over the ensuing3:37 to pull within 60-57 with 2:58 to play. Southern answered back with a 6-0run of their own to seal the game as NicoleHartzog hit back-to-back layups and Fitzpatrick nailed a jumper to securethe win. A pair of late free throws from Jones iced the game as the Lions wontheir seventh consecutive game 68-59.

Lasttime out for the Owls (5-2): No. 13 Columbia College built a 20-point leadearly in the second half that it would not relinquish, as they spoil No.19-ranked William Woods University women's basketball team's American MidwestConference opener, by defeating the Owls 76-61 at Anderson Arena on Thursdaynight (Dec.5).

ColumbiaCollege (3-3, 1-0 AMC) used an 11-2 run out of the break to push its 11-pointhalf time lead to a game-high 22 points at 54-32. William Woods (5-2, 0-1 AMC)would fight back to pull within 10 at 63-53 with eight minutes to play, butthey could never get the Columbia lead under to single-digits as they drop itsconference opener by 15 points. William Woods shot a season-low 30 percent on18-of-60 from the floor. The Owls were even worse from three-point land, wherethey shot a season-high 35 three pointers, yet connected on just 10 of them for28.6 percent.

Juniors BlakeFrench and Paige Stewart came off the bench to provide the Owls with 26 points,a team-high 16 points came from French, while Stewart chipped in with aseason-high 10 points. Senior Katie Scherder earned her first double-double ofthe year by recording a 12-point, 10-rebound effort. Stephanie Copelin andAndraquay Quinnine also posted double-figures by scoring 10 and 11respectively.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (7-1) 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.

DanChapla (134-38 at William Woods, 211-148 overall) is in his sixth yearat William Woods University. He became the 10th William Woods University headwomen's basketball coach in school history during the summer of 2008. Chaplahas guided the program to heights never before seen, as he has taken two teamsto the NAIA Sweet Sixteen (2011, 2013) and has produced three NAIAAll-Americans (Rachel Baker, Sharon Andrews, Priscila Santos). William Woodshas won at least 20 games every season under the direction of Chapla, and hastaken the Owls to the NAIA National Tournament for a school-record fiveconsecutive years. Prior to arriving at WWU, Chapla was the head coach for sixyears at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. In addition, Chapla has been anassitant men's basketball coach at Ottawa University, Central Missouri andCulver-Stockton.

Theseries between the schools: The Lions hold a 6-4 edge over the Owls intheir all-time meetings. The two schools have not met on the hardwood in nearly25 seasons as their last match-up came on February 28, 1989 at the NAIADistrict 16 Tournament that ended the Lions season as William Woods won thegame 79-70.  Southern is 3-0 at home, 2-3 on the road and the two schoolshave split a pair of meetings at a neutral site. Southern's last win overWilliam Woods came at the McKendree College Tourney in Lebanon, Ill. on Nov.21, 1986 as they won 55-52.

ScoutingWilliam Woods: TheOwls come into Monday's game ranked 25th in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll havingnot played since December 5 when they fell in their first conference game athome to Columbia College (Mo. ) 76-61. WWU is led in scoring andrebounding by senior guard Katie Scherder, who is averaging a team-high12.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg. The Owls average 71.3 points per game while allowing62.6. They are shooting 40% from the field, 30.9% from three-point range and76.2% from the free-throw line on the year.   

Lionssit atop MIAA standings: The Lions opened up MIAA play at homelast weekend winning a pair of games over Nebraska-Kearney and #20 Washburn.They sit atop the MIAA standings as one of only two 2-0 teams with Lindenwood beingthe other.

MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.778), 2nd in FGpercentage (.480), assists per game (17.5) & 3-pt FG defense (.274) and 4thin scoring offense (77.0 ppg.).

MIAAIndividual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezcontinues to lead the MIAA in assists averaging 6.0 apg as she has dished 48helpers on the season. ShonteClay leads the MIAA in FG perc. as she is shooting 70.0% fromthe field hitting 42-60 on the year. NicoleHartzog ranks second in the MIAA in free-throw percentage at.963% hitting 26-of-27 on the year. AlexisFitzpartick ranks second in the MIAA in assist/turnover rationat 4.9 as she has 34 assists and only seven turnovers on the year. Sharese Jones ranksthird in the league in rebounding grabbing 9.4 rpg. Mosley is fifth grabbing8.5 rpg. Mosleyranks third in the MIAA in scoring averaging 18.8 ppg.  Jones is 7th at 15.5ppg. Clayis 14th with 13.4 ppg.

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