After winningan exciting overtime contest at Northeastern State last Saturday, the MissouriSouthern women's basketball team returns to action at home on Wednesday hostingthe Lindenwood Lady Lions at 5:30 p.m. at the Leggett & Platt AthleticCenter.
Teams: Missouri Southern(10-3, 4-2 MIAA) vs. Lindenwood Lady Lions (8-6, 3-4) Date:Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Tip-Off:5:30 p.m., CT Location:Joplin, Mo. Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240) Series Record: MSSUleads 4-0 (Home: 2-0, Away: 2-0) Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (10-3 at MSSU, overall). Tony Francis (50-48 at Lindenwood,overall).
Lasttime out for the Lions (10-3, 4-2 MIAA): Behind 34 points fromthe frontcourt tandem of ShonteClay and DominiqueMosley, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team outscoredNortheastern State 10-7 in overtime to take home a 80-77 win over theRiverHawks Saturday (Jan. 11) afternoon at the NSU Event Center.
With theLions finishing the second half on a 11-5 run to only trail by three athalftime, Southern looked to continue their hot finish to the first halfpicking up right where they left off in the first five minutes of the secondhalf going on a 16-6 run to take a 45-38 lead. That run featured a pair ofthree pointers from Fitzpatrick, six points from Mosley, and four from Jones.After a layup by Clay gave the Lions their largest lead of the game at 54-44,the RiverHawks responded with a 14-2 run of their own, including 12 straight,to re-take a 58-56 lead with 6:17 to play in regulation.
Working toget the momentum back, Fitzpatrick nailed a three-pointer from the top of thekey to give the Lions a lead they would not relinquish going up 59-58. Scoringseven of the next 10 points, Southern opened up a 66-61 lead with 3:35 to play,but the RiverHawks would use two quick layups and a three-pointer from CourtneyCowan to tie the game at 68 with a minute to play. After NSU hit a pair of freethrows, Clay again would come through with a big play as she hit a layup with16 second to go to tie the game.
With theRiverHawks missing a chance to win the game at the buzzer, the game went toovertime where the Lions would seize control as Phillips scored six of theLions ten points to secure the win.
Lasttime out for the Lady Lions (8-6, 3-4): Two of the hottestshooting women's basketball teams in the MIAA met in Hays, Kan. Thursday night(Jan. 9). For the second time this week, the Lady Lions started slowly againstone of the top teams in the MIAA and lost 99-76 to the Tigers. After the Tigersturned the ball over on their final possession, the Lady Lions avoided allowing100 points in a game for the first time since Nov. 15, 2008.
Freshmanguard Kassidy Gengenbacher scored a team-high 20 points for the Lady Lions.It's the fourth time this season Gengenbacher has scored 20 or more points. Sheleads the Lady Lions in scoring with 14 points per game. Junior guard JulieHlinak had been held scoreless in the Lady Lions last two games, but she made 7of 11 shots and finished with 18 points against the Tigers. Hlinak grabbed ateam-high eight rebounds. Senior forward Caroline Bourlioux followed Monday's17-point effort against MIAA-leading Emporia State with 13 points against theTigers. Bourlioux led the Lady Lions with five assists.
TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (10-3) 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.
TonyFrancis (50-48) is in his fourth season as the head coach of theLindenwood women's basketball program. Francis turned the women's basketballprogram around in his first season and is now leading the program as ittransitions to the NCAA Division II level. He enters tonight's game with a50-48 overall record at Lindenwood. Francis took over a Lindenwood program in2010-11 that had not had a winning season in nine years and promptly had one ofthe top turnarounds in the NAIA. Lindenwood went from nine wins to 21, finishedsecond in the HAAC with a 15-5 record, and just missed a NAIA Division I Tournamentbid by one spot. Three Lady Lions were named to the All-HAAC squad and MorganHarrington was named to the NAIA All-American team. Francis was also named theConference Coach of the Year.
Theseries between the two schools: The Lions have a perfect 4-0 record againstLindenwood. Southern is 2-0 at home while also winning both meetings on theroad. Last year's meeting in St. Charles was the teams first meeting since the2002-03 season as the Lions held on for a 78-74 win. Shonte Clay finishedwith 12 points and seven rebounds while ShareseJones and TeeSingleton each added 10 points apiece.
ScoutingLindenwood: TheLady Lions bring a high-scoring offense into Wednesday's game ranking5th in the MIAA in scoring offense averaging 77.4 points per game, but ranklast in the MIAA in scoring defense allowing a league-high 71.9 points per game.Lindenwood is shooting a league-best 46.2% from the field, but much like theirscoring defense, their field goal percentage defense ranks low in the MIAA at13th as opponents are shooting 42.2%. The same can be said about their 3-pointshooting percentage as they lead the MIAA at 34.6%, but are allowing opponentsto shooting just as well at 34.9%. Lindenwood is led in scoring by freshmanguard Kassidy Gengenbacher at 14.1 ppg while senior guard Marissa Lehnig isaveraging 12.6 ppg. Caroline Bourlioux chips in 12.4 ppg while grabbing ateam-high 5.6 rebounds per game.
Lionsreceiving votes in the WBCA Women's Poll: For the secondconsecutive week, Southern received votes in the USA Today WBCA Women'sbasketball poll garnering 12 votes. Along with top ten ranked EmporiaState and Central Missouri, Fort Hays State moved into the rankings this weekat #23, while Pittsburg State also received votes with three votes.
Lionsare undefeated when: Southern is undefeated on the year when they have moreassists (9-0), have fewer turnovers (7-0) and make more freethrows and score 80+ points (6-0).
MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.770), 3rd in FGpercentage (.453), rebounding defense (34.2 rpg), & steals (9.3 spg), 5thin scoring margin (+8.5) & assists (16.0) and 6th in scoring offense (74.5ppg, defense (66.0) & 3-point FG percentage defense (.300).
MIAAIndividual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezcontinues to lead the MIAA in assists averaging 5.2 apg as she has dished 62helpers in 12 games. AlexisFitzpatrick ranks 7th averaging 3.8 apg.
ShonteClayranks 3rd in the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 57.1% from the fieldhitting 60-105. ShareseJones is 8th at 53.0% (53-100). Dominique Mosley ranks 11th hitting 52.4%(88-164).
NicoleHartzogranks 3rd in the MIAA in FT percentage at 83.3% hitting 45-of-54 on the year. Jones ranks 5th at81.3% (78-96).
Fitzpartick leads the MIAA insteals averaging 2.7 swipes per game. She is 6th in the MIAA in assist/turnoverratio at 2.2. Hartzogranks 6th in steals with 1.9 spg.
Mosley ranks 4th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 16.7 ppg. Jonesis 9th at 14.8 ppg. Clayis 19th with 12.1 ppg. Hartzogis 30th with 10.1 ppg.
Jones ranks 10th in theleague in rebounding grabbing 7.7 rpg. Mosleyis right behind her in 11th grabbing 7.4 rpg.
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