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Southern women's basketball back in action Saturday hosting Fort Hays State

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After takinga rwo-week hiatus for the holidays, the Missouri Southern women's basketballteam returns to MIAA action on Saturday hosting the Fort Hays State Tigers at1:00 p.m. at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

GameInformation

Teams: Missouri Southern(8-2, 2-1 MIAA) vs. Fort Hays State (8-1, 2-1)
Date:Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
Tip-Off:1:00 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record:FHSU leads 23-16 (Home: 12-7, Away: 4-16)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (8-2 at MSSU, overall). Tony Hobson (89-60 at Fort HaysState, 502-166 overall).

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Lasttime out for the Lions (8-2, 2-1 MIAA): Despite a tie score at halftime, theMissouri Southern women's basketball fell 77-56 on Saturday (Dec. 21) afternoonto the third-ranked Emporia State Lady Hornets at William L. White Auditorium.

Southern(8-2, 2-1 MIAA) was led in scoring by leading scorer DominiqueMosley, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. ShawneePhillips and AlexisFitzpatrick added 11 points each. Fitzpatrick added a team-high fiveassists while NicoleHartzog grabbed a team-high five rebounds. The Lions shot 18-of-48 (.375)from the field while hitting 17-of-27 (.630) from the free-throw line.

With thescore tied at 24 at half, the teams split the first eight points in the firstminute of the second half and with the game knotted at 28, it was off to theraces from their for the Lady Hornets as they went on 12-4 run in the next threeminutes to open up a 40-32 lead. Southern slowed down the Hornets momentarilybefore ShareseJones hit a free-throw and a jumper from TeeSingleton cut the lead to five. Emporia proceeded to go on another 18-8over the next six and half minutes to take a 58-43 lead. The Lions respondedwith a 6-3 of their own to cut the lead to 61-49 after a pair of free throwsfrom Fitzpatrick with 7:30 to play, but that was as close as Southern would getas the Lady Hornets ended the game on 16-7 run to win by final margin of 77-56.

Lasttime out for the Tigers (8-1, 2-1): Fort Hays State University used a 10-0 runto start double overtime en route to a 79-69 victory over Northwest MissouriState on Saturday (Dec. 21). FHSU shot just 39.7 from the field, and struggledat the line, hitting 11 of 21 free throws attempts. FHSU's defense, however,forced 22 turnovers and limited NWMSU to a 38.4 field goal percentage.

Kate Lehmanpowered the Tigers by putting up 21 points and 17 rebounds for her sixthstraight double-double. Chelsea Mason led the team with 23 points, includingfive in the opening minute of double overtime, tossing in three assists in theeffort.

With the score tied at 25 at half, the teams would play relatively even in thesecond half until 10:17, when with the Tigers leading 42-38, the Bearcatsstarted an 11-0 run that gave them a seven-point advantage, 49-42 before TaylorChandler's layup stopped the run with 7:27 to go in regulation.

With thescore tied at 57 at the end of regulation, in the first overtime, NWMSU'sTember Schechinger hit a layup with 16 seconds to go, giving the Bearcats a65-64 lead. Beth Bohuslavsky, however, drove and drew a foul with seven secondsremaining. The sophomore guard would hit 1-of-2 from the line, sending the gameto a second overtime period. Kacperska hit a three-pointer just 21 seconds intodouble overtime, starting a 10-0 run that sealed the win for FHSU - helped byfive points from Mason. Four free throws from Bohuslavsky held the Bearcats atbay in the final minute of action. 

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (8-2) is in her 13th year on the staff atMissouri Southern and was promoted to the position of Interim Head Coach onJuly 2, 2013 after the retirement of Maryann Mitts. During her 12 years withthe Lions, she has helped the team to a 189-145 record, including winning marksand a trip to the MIAA post season tournament in all but one of those 12seasons. In 2000-01, Hubbard helped the University of Texas-Pan American postits most wins in a season since becoming an NCAA Division I institution in1985, and the second most victories in school history. Prior to her stint atTexas-Pan American, she served on current Lions head coach Maryann Mitts' staffas an assistant at Rockhurst University from 1996-2000. There, she helped theLady Hawks post a 68-45 record and advance to the 1997-98 Sweet 16.

Tony Hobson (502-166) is in his sixthseason as head coach of the Fort Hays State women's basketball program in 2013-14and 22nd season overall. FHSU enjoyed its best season under Hobson in 2012-13,going 22-7 overall. FHSU appeared in the WBCA Division II national rankings forthe first time since 1996-97. The Tigers finished in a tie for fifth in theMIAA regular season standings and reached the semifinals of the MIAATournament. FHSU recorded its first two wins in the MIAA Tournament sincejoining the conference with victories in the opening round and quarterfinals.The Tigers posted back-to-back seasons of at least 20 wins for the first timesince the 2004-05 & 2005-06 seasons.

The series between the schools: Fort Hays State leadsthe overall series with the Lions 23-16. Southern holds a 12-7 advantage athome, but are only 4-16 on the road. The Lions have won four of their lastfive home games against the Tigers with their most recent win at home coming onJanuary 10, 2011 when they won 59-57 in overtime.

Scouting Fort Hays State: The Tigers come intoSaturday's game with a 8-1 overall, 2-1 in the MIAA with wins over MissouriWestern and Northwest Missouri and their lone loss coming at 8th-ranked CentralMissouri on December 5. Fort Hays is lead in both scoring andrebounding by junior center Kate Lehman who averages 15.9 points pergame and a league-leading 11.8 rebounds per game. Lehman also averages aMIAA-best 5.6 blocks per game while ranking second in field goal percentageshooting 60.5% on the season. Senior guard Katelyn Edwards is also having avery strong season averaging 14.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg to go along with 2.8assists per game.

The Tigersrank atop the MIAA in multiple team categories,including scoring offense (86.4 ppg), scoring defense (55.9ppg), scoring margin (30.6 ppg) and field goal percentage defense holdingopponents to only 35.1% shooting from the field on the year. The Tigers alsolead the MIAA in rebounding grabbing 48.6 boards per game, blocks (8 bpg),assists (18.8 apg), steals (12.0 spg), turnover margin (9.6 per game) andassist-to-turnover ratio (1.6).

MIAA Team Rankings: The Lions rank 1st inthe MIAA in free-throw percentage (.769), tied for 2nd in FG percentage (.462),4th in assists per game (16.7), 5th in scoring margin (+10.4 ppg.), reboundingdefense (34.6 rpg) & assist/turnover ratio (1.0). and 6th in scoringoffense (75.2 ppg.)

MIAA Individual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezcontinues to lead the MIAA in assists averaging 5.4 apg as she has dished 49helpers in nine games. AlexisFitzpatrick ranks 4th averaging 4.3 apg.

ShonteClayranks 3rd in the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 57.9% from the fieldhitting 44-76 on the year. DominiqueMosley ranks 6th hitting 54.5% (73-134). Sharese Jones is 9that 52.4% (44-84).

Nicole Hartzog leads the MIAA in free-throwpercentage at .909% hitting 30-of-33 on the year. Jones ranks 6th at .815%(53-65).

Fitzpartick leads the MIAA in steals averaging 2.4swipes per game. She also ranks 2nd in the MIAA in assist/turnover ratio at 4.3as she has 43 assists and only 10 turnovers.

Jones ranks 3rd in theleague in rebounding grabbing 8.6 rpg. Mosley is 8th grabbing 7.6 rpg.

Mosley ranks 4th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 18.0 ppg.  Jonesis 9th at 14.6 ppg. Clayis 20th with 11.7 ppg. Hartzogis 27th with 10.8 ppg.

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