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Southern women's basketball wraps up two-game road trip at Northeastern State


Press Release MSSU: 

Afterdropping a nail-bitting two-point defeat at Central Oklahoma on Wednesday, theMissouri Southern women's basketball team looks to rebound on Saturday whenthey travel to Northeastern State to face the RiverHawks at 1:30 p.m. at theNSU Event Center.


Teams: Missouri Southern(9-3, 3-2 MIAA) vs. Northeastern State RiverHawks (6-6, 3-2)
Date:Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Tip-Off:1:30 p.m., CT
Location:Tahlequah, Okla.
Site:NSU Event Center (3,100)
Series Record: NSUleads 15-9 (Home: 7-5, Away: 1-10, Neutral: 1-0)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (9-3 at MSSU, overall). Randy Gipson (284-136 atNortheastern State, 574-213 overall).


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Lasttime out for the Lions (9-3, 3-2 MIAA): A late pair of freethrows by Central Oklahoma sealed a win for the Bronchos as the MissouriSouthern women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 62-60 decision at theHamilton Field House Wednesday (Jan. 8) night.

Taking a38-31 lead into the break, and 7-0 on the year when leading at the break, theLions looked to put the game away in the second half, but were unable to shakethe Bronchos as UCO opened the first five minutes on an 11-3 run to take a42-41 lead. The Lions responded with a layup from Phillips and a three pointerfrom Fitzpatrick to re-take a four point lead (46-42) with 13:52 to play. UCOanswered with a 9-0 run over the next three and half minutes to take a 51-46lead before Clay and KenyaBrown pulled Southern back within one at 51-50 with 7:52 to go.

UCO held thelead 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 two more totake a three-point lead. Phillips hit one final free throw with two secondsleft, but it was too little too late as Southern was the hard-luck loser.

Lasttime out for the RiverHawks (6-6, 3-2): The Northeastern Statewomen's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat SouthwestBaptist 60-47 Thursday evening (Jan. 9) inside the NSU Event Center. TheRiverHawks (6-6, 3-2 MIAA) were competing in their first contest of 2014, andthey held the Bearcats (6-6, 1-4 MIAA) to their lowest shooting percentagesince Jan. 22, 2011.

NSU was ledby freshman forward Che'Ron Lewis, who finished with 18 points and eightrebounds. Senior forward Carrington Fox registered her first careerdouble-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Northeastern State shot 38percent (18-for-48) from the field, 27 percent (4-for-15) from downtown and 80percent (20-for-25) at the line. Southwest Baptist shot 22 percent (15-for-67)from the field, 19 percent (5-for-26) from beyond the arc and 86 percent(12-for-14). Jacqui Zelenka and Leann Lansdown both paced the visitors with 13points each.

NSU outrebounded SBU 45-42 and held a 26-9 advantage in bench points. The 47points scored by the Bearcats was the fewest since NSU held the team to 43 lastseason (Jan. 12, 2013). Northeastern State led 25-21 at halftime and stretchedits lead out to 34-24 eight minutes into the second half. SBU got to within sixat 51-45 with 2:17 to play, but NSU used a 9-2 run to close the game and earnthe winning 13-point margin.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (9-3) 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.

RandyGipson (574-213) iscurrently in his 15th campaign at the helm of the Northeastern State women'sbasketball program. He has never recorded a losing season in his 14 priorcampaigns at NSU, and he has led his program to seven appearances in the NCAAChampionship. His NSU women's basketball teams have earned two NCAA Sweet 16appearances (2004, '10), while advancing to the NCAA Second Round two of thelast three seasons (2011-12). He has coached two All-Americans (Jasmine Webb,Taylor Lewis), one MIAA Player of the Year, two LSC Players of the Year andnumerous all-conference players during his tenure at Northeastern State.

Theseries between the two schools: The RiverHawks lead the overall series withthe Lions 15-9. Southern holds a 7-5 edge at home, but are only 1-10 at NSUwith their lone win coming on December 17, 2007 with a 70-62 win. NortheasternState took both games last year as the RiverHawks won 69-45 at L&P and thenwon 56-48 at NSU. Nicole Hartzog averaged 10 points in the pair ofgames while DominiqueMosley averaged 7.5 points and 6.5 boards in the pair of games.

ScoutingNortheastern State: Fresh off a home win over Southwest Baptist onThursday, the RiverHawks bring a 6-6 overall record into Saturday's gamegoing 3-2 in MIAA action with wins over SBU, Missouri Western and Lincolnwith losses to #6 Central Missouri and Lindenwood. The RiverHawks rank inthe top five in the MIAA several categories, including scoring defense (4th -59.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (4th - 37.6%), blocked shots (4th -3.7 bpg), 3-pt field goal percentage (5th - 32.8%),3-pt field goal percentage defense (T5th - 29.2%).Offensively, NSU is led by junior guard Fontana Tate who leads theteam with 12.2 ppg. Freshman Forward Che'Ron leads the team inrebounds averaging 6.0 per game while averaging 9.3 ppg.

Lionsreceiving votes in the WBCA Women's Poll: For the first timethis season, Southern received votes in the USA Today WBCA Women's basketballpoll garnering 14 votes. Along with top ten ranked Emporia State andCentral Missouri, the Lions and Fort Hays State are currently the onlyranked MIAA teams. 

Lionsare undefeated when: Southern is undefeated on the year when they have moreassists (8-0), have fewer turnovers (7-0), make more free throws (6-0), score80+ points and allow less than 59 points (5-0).

MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.765), 2nd in FGpercentage (.455), 4th in assists per game (16.3), 4th in scoring margin (+9.9ppg.), rebounding defense (35.0 rpg) & steals (9.3 spg), 5th inassist/turnover ratio (1.0). and 7th in scoring offense (75.3 ppg.).

MIAAIndividual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezcontinues to lead the MIAA in assists averaging 5.2 apg as she has dished 52helpers in 10 games. AlexisFitzpatrick ranks 4th averaging 4.2 apg. 

ShonteClayranks 6th in the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 56.2% from the fieldhitting 50-89 on the year. DominiqueMosley ranks 10th hitting 53.8% (78-145). ShareseJones is 11th at 53.4% (47-88).

NicoleHartzogranks 3rd in the MIAA in FT percentage at 84.3% hitting 43-of-51 on the year.Jones ranks 7th at 80% (64-80).

Fitzpartick leads the MIAA insteals averaging 2.4 swipes per game. She also leads the MIAA inassist/turnover ratio at 3.5 as she has 46 assists and only 13 turnovers.

Jones ranks 4th in theleague in rebounding grabbing 8.3 rpg. Mosley is 10th grabbing 7.3 rpg.

Mosley ranks 4th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 17.5 ppg.  Jonesis 10th at 14.9 ppg. Clayis 20th with 11.9 ppg. Hartzogis 26th w/ 11.0 ppg.

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