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Women's basketball drops 62-60 heartbreaker at Central Oklahoma

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A late pairof free throws by Central Oklahoma sealed a win for the Bronchos as theMissouri Southern women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 62-59decision at the Hamilton Field House.

The Lions(9-3, 3-2 MIAA) were led in scoring by sophomore guard ShareseJones who finished with a team-high 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from thefield while hitting 6-of-8 from the free throw line while dishing a season-highfive assists. DominiqueMosley recorded her fourth double-double of the season adding 11 points andgrabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. AlexisFitzpatrick chipped in 10 points while ShonteClay scored six points and corralled seven boards.

The Bronchos(8-5, 3-3) were led in scoring by senior guard Jill Bryan who finished with 13points. Britney Morgan added 12 points and eight assists while OliviaMason chipped in eight points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. 

After CentralOklahoma opened the game with a 9-3 lead after the first five minutes ofplay, the Lions fought back with a 11-4 run to take a 14-13 lead. Theteams would trade the lead six times over the next three minutes before ShawneePhillips hit a three-pointer with 8:30 to play in the first halfto take a 22-20 lead. Southern extended their lead to nineat 36-27 on a Mosley layup with 1:07 to go before the Bronchos scored four ofthe final six points of the first half as the Lions took a 38-31 lead into thebreak. 

Lookingto put the game away in the second half, the Lions were unable toshake the Bronchos as UCO opened the first five minutes on an 11-3 run to takea 42-41 lead. The Lions responded with a layupfrom Phillips and a three pointer from Fitzpatrick to re-take a fourpoint lead (46-42) with 13:52 to play. UCO answered with a 9-0 run overthe next three and half minutes to take a 51-46 lead beforeClay and KenyaBrown pulled Southern back within one at 51-50 with 7:52 to go.

UCO heldthe lead for the next five and half minutes before a three pointer from NicoleHartzog tied the game up at 57. The teams traded a pair of layups over thenext minute and half as Jones hit a layup with 54 seconds to go to tie the gameat 59, before the Bronchos' Bryan hit a free throw and Mason hit twomore to take a three-point lead. Phillips hit one final free throw withtwo seconds left, but it was too little too late as Southern was thehard-luck loser.

The Lionsshot 40.4% (21-52) from the field for the game, while shooting aseason-best 50% (6-12) from three-point range. Southern shot12-18 (.667) from the free-throw line while the Lionsoutrebounded the Bronchos 40-38. The Lions nabbed 10 steals while dishing13 assists.

Southernwraps up their two-game road swing in the Sooner State onSaturday traveling to Tahlequah to face the Northeastern State RiverHawks (5-6,2-2) at 1:30 p.m. at the NSU Event Center. 

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