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Women's basketball defeats Lady Lions 72-61

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Returning homefor their first game at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center since January4, the Missouri Southern women's basketball team defeated Lindenwood 72-61tonight behind 19 points from ShonteClay.

The seniorcenter from Chicago put together another strong performance as she went 9-of-13from the field while grabbing four rebounds. The Lions (11-3, 5-2 MIAA) alsogot outstanding performances by ShawneePhillips as she tied her career-high with 15 points while hitting aperfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. NicoleHartzog added 10 points while AlexisFitzpatrick chipped in eight points while tying her career-high with10 assists. Finally, DominiqueMosley nearly recorded a double-double as she scored nine points andgrabbed eight rebounds.

Lindenwood(8-7, 3-5) were led in scoring by Morgan Johnson with 16 points while leadingscorer Kassidy Gengenbacher added 14. Caroline Bourlioux chipped in 11 pointson 5-of-10 shooting.

The Lions gotoff to a strong start going up 10-3 after the first four minutes of play asClay scored the first five points of the game for Southern. Keeping their leadat seven plus over the next eight minutes, the Lions took a 27-19 lead, beforeLindenwood roared back with a 7-2 run to close the game to 29-26 with five minutesto play. Looking to put the Lady Lions away, Southern finished the half strongas they went on a 11-4 run to take a 40-30 lead into the halftime break. Thatfinal run featured six more points from Clay as well as a three-pointer fromHartzog and a pair of free throws from Phillips. 

Southernpushed their lead to 13 out of the break as Clay hit a layup and Fitzpatricknailed a three-pointer to take a 45-32 edge on the scoreboard after the firsttwo minutes of the game. Not backing down, the Lady Lions continued to be gameas they went on a 16-7 run over the next seven and half minutes to close thegame to a four point spread at 52-48, before the Lions made some timely basketsand got strong defense to put the game away.

AfterLindenwood got as close as 54-51 with 7:30 to play in the second half, Southernwent on a quick 7-0 run over the a two-minute stretch to build their lead backto a ten-point cushion as Phillips scored five points in that critical stretch.The Lions continued to build their lead as they scored seven of the next ninepoints scored by four different Lions to take their largest lead of the game at68-53 with 1:50 to go as they finished out the 72-61 win.

The Lionscontinued to shoot the ball well from the field as they went 26-of-56 (.464),while nearly hitting 50% from three-point range connecting on 7-of-16 (.438)from beyond the arc. Outrebounding for their opponent for the 12th time thisyear, the Lions held a 36-28 edge in rebounds while dishing out 21assists. 

Southernreturns to action at home on Saturday as they host the Lincoln Blue Tigers at 1p.m. at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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