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Women's basketball resumes MIAA action at No. 3 Emporia State Saturday


Press Release MSSU:

Looking toextend their longest winning streak in six seasons, the Missouri Southernwomen's basketball team returns to MIAA action on Saturday traveling tothird-ranked Emporia State to take on the Lady Hornets at 1:30 p.m. at WilliamL. White Auditorium.


Date: Saturday, Dec. 21,2013
Tip-Off:1:30 p.m., CT
Location:Emporia, Kan.
Site:William L. White Auditorium (5,000)
Series Record: ESUleads 49-23 (Home: 16-17, Away: 7-29, Neutral: 0-3)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (8-1 at MSSU, overall). Jory Collins (76-27 at EmporiaState, overall).


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Lasttime out for the Lions (8-1, 2-0 MIAA): Winning their eighthconsecutive 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 year againstEvangel. The junior guard from Beaverton, Oregon finished 6-of-10 from thefield 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 is Southern'slongest such streak since they started the 2007-08 season with nine consecutivewins.

With Southernup four at halftime, the first three minutes of the second half saw the Owlscontinue to keep pace with the Lions, before Southern started to find itsstroke from the outside going on a 16-6 run over the next 4:36 to open up a58-43 lead after a layup from Mosley with 12:04 to play. That run featured sixpoints from Mosley and four from Jones. After a three-pointer from WilliamWoods' 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 the80-57 victory.

Lasttime out for the Lady Hornets (10-0, 2-0 MIAA): Reigning MIAA Playerof the Week Laura Patrick had 21 points and Desiree Wylie added a double doubleoff the bench as #3 Emporia State defeated Southwest Baptist 85-53 on Wednesdaynight (Dec. 18) in White Auditorium.  With the win the Lady Hornets movedto 10-0 for the first time since 2005-06.

The LadyHornets never trailed and took command with a 16-0 run to take a 24-6 lead with10:35 left in the first half. The Bearcats cut the lead to ten with 2:49 leftin the period but a three pointer from Patrick and two layups from Haley Parkergave the Lady Hornets a 46-31 lead going to the locker rooms. A 13-1 run in thesecond half pushed the Emporia State lead to 79-47 with 3:59 left. Patrick hadfour assists to go with her 21 points while Wylie finished with 11 points, 11rebounds and a career high tying three assists.  Kionna Kellogg added 11points while Haley Parker dished six assists with no turnovers.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (8-1) 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.

Jory Collins (76-27) is in his fourthseason as the coach of the Lady Hornets. The Hornets finished 2012-13 with a23-9 overall record, 13-5 in the MIAA, winning the conference tournament andadvanced to the Central Regional Tournament Championship game before falling toAugustana.In 2011-12, Collins lead the Hornets to a 23-9 record whilequalifying for the NCAA Tournament before falling to Pittsburg State in the regionalchampionship game. In 2010-11 he led ESU to a 20-9 record and became the secondMIAA coach to win 20 games and make the MIAA Tournament Championship Game inhis first season.

The series between the schools: Emporia State leadsthe overall series with Southern 49-23. The Lions trail 16-17 at home, but areonly 7-29 on the road, while also dropping three neutral site games. OnSaturday, the Lions will look to snap a 18-game losing streak at Emporia asSouthern has not defeated the Lady Hornets in Emporia since February 24, 1996when they won 78-66. Emporia State has won 11 of the past 13 match-ups with theLions dating back to the 2007-08 season. Southern's two wins in the pastsix seasons have both come at home in 2008 and 2011.

Scouting#3 Emporia State:Bringing a perfect 10-0 record, 2-0 in the MIAA into Saturday's game, thethird-ranked Lady Hornets bring a high-powered offense to the court as theyaverage 77.8 points per game, shoot 44.5% from the field and grab 45.7rebounds per game, all top five marks in the MIAA. Senior guard LauraPatrick leads the Lady Hornets in scoring averaging 15.4 points pergame, while senior forward Kionna Kellogg, a transfer from Division IMinnesota, averages 11.2 ppg. and 5.2 rpg.   

Lionssit atop the MIAA standings: The Lions opened up MIAA play at home lastweekend winning a pair of MIAA games over Nebraska-Kearney and Washburn as theysit atop the MIAA standings as one of only three 2-0 teams with Emporia Stateand Lindenwood being the other two.

MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.787), 2nd in FGpercentage (.470), assists per game (17.6) and 4th in scoring offense (77.3ppg.).

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 percentage as she is shooting60.3% from the field hitting 44-73 on the year. Nicole Hartzog ranks second in the MIAAin free-throw percentage at .967% hitting 29-of-30 on the year. Alexis Fitzpartickranks second in the MIAA in assist/turnover ratio at 5.0 as she has 40 assistsand only eight turnovers on the year. ShareseJones ranks third in the league in rebounding grabbing 9.3 rpg.Mosley is sixth grabbing 8.0 rpg. Mosleyranks third in the MIAA in scoring averaging 18.4 ppg.  Jones is 7th at 15.6ppg. Clay is 16th with 12.7 ppg.

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