Winning theireighth consecutive game, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball used abalanced scoring effort to roll past non-conference opponent William Woods80-57 tonight at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
The Lions(8-1) were led in scoring by NicoleHartzog with 18 points, one shy of her career-high 19 set this yearagainst Evangel. The junior guard from Beaverton, Oregon finished 6-of-10 fromthe field and 3-of-4 from three-point range and added seven rebounds.
Three otherLions finished in double figures as ShareseJones and DominiqueMosley poured in 16 points each and ShawneePhillips added 14 points, including going 4-7 from behind the arc. Jonesadded a game-high nine rebounds. The eight game winning streak isSouthern's longest such streak since they started the 2007-08 season with nineconsecutive wins.
William Woods(5-3) was led in scoring by Katie Scherder who finished with 17 points on6-of-7 shooting from the field. Stephanie Copelin chipped in six points andadded a team-high seven rebounds while Kendra Wells scored eightpoints.
With the gametied at eight after the first five minutes of play, Jones hit a layup out ofthe first media timeout to give Southern the lead, one they would not surrenderthe rest of the game. The Lions extended their lead to as large as eight at22-14 after a pair of free throws from ShonteClay, but the Owls continued to answer the Lions in the first half asSouthern only took a four-point lead into the locker room going up33-29. Hartzog led the Lions with 11 points in the first half as the team shot38.7% (12-31) from the field.
After thefirst three minutes of the second half saw the Owls continue to keep pace withthe Lions, Southern started to find its stroke from theoutside going on a 16-6 run over the next 4:36 to open up a 58-43 leadafter a layup from Mosley with 12:04 to play. That run featured six points fromMosley and four from Jones. After a three-pointer from William Woods'Katie Schreder cut the lead to twelve at 58-46, the Lions went on a 14-2run to take their largest lead of the game at 72-48 as they cruised to the 80-57victory.
On the game,Southern shot 46.8% (29-62) from the field, while hitting a season-high eightthree-pointers and going 14-18 (.778) from the free-throw line. The Lionsoutrebounded the Owls 39-31 while nabbing 13 steals and dishing out 18 assists.
Southernreturns to MIAA action on Saturday when they hit the road for No. 3Emporia State (9-0, 1-0 MIAA). Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. from WhiteAuditorium.
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