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Women's basketball set to host Lincoln Saturday afternoon



After downingLindenwood at home on Wednesday, the Missouri Southern women's basketball teamreturns to action on Saturday afternoon hosting the Lincoln Blue Tigers at 1p.m. at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.


Teams: Missouri Southern(11-3, 5-2 MIAA) vs. Lincoln Blue Tigers (3-11, 0-7)
Date:Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Tip-Off:1:00 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSUleads 24-5 (Home: 12-1, Away: 9-4, Neutral: 3-0)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (11-3 at MSSU, overall). Nicole Collier (14-27 at Lincoln,overall).


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Lasttime out for the Lions (11-3, 5-2 MIAA): Returning home for their first game atthe LPAC since Jan. 4, the Southern women's basketball team defeated Lindenwood72-61 behind 19 points from ShonteClay .

With theLions getting off to a fast start and taking a 40-30 lead at halftime, Southernpushed their lead to 13 out of the locker room as Clay hit a layup and AlexisFitzpatrick nailed a three-pointer to take a 45-32 edge on the scoreboardafter the first two minutes of the half. Not backing down, the Lady Lionscontinued to be game as they went on a 16-7 run over the next seven and halfminutes to close the game to a four point spread at 52-48, before the Lionsmade some timely baskets and got strong defense to put the game away.

AfterLindenwood got to within three at 54-51 with 7:30 to play, Southern went on aquick 7-0 run over a two-minute stretch to build their lead back to a 10-pointcushion as Phillips scored five points in that critical stretch. The Lionscontinued to build their lead as they scored seven of the next nine pointsscored as four different Lions got points to take their largest lead of thegame at 68-53 with 1:50 to go as they finished out the 72-61 win.

Lasttime out for the Blue Tigers (3-11, 0-7 MIAA): Fort Hays State helda big edge in rebounds and applied tough defensive pressure to hand the Lincolnwomen's basketball team a 98-54 loss on Saturday (Jan. 11).

FHSUout-rebounded the Blue Tigers, 50-27, and scored 22 second-chance points enroute to the win. Lincoln was held to 20-for-58 shooting (.345) from the floorand 4-for-14 shooting (.286) from beyond the arc. The Blue Tigers scored 13points off 13 FHSU turnovers, but had 11 shots blocked and scored only ninepoints off offensive rebounds.

Hunter Yoakumled Lincoln with 18 points, one shy of her season-high, and grabbed threerebounds while tallying a steal. Jennifer Rosado added 10 points for herfourth-straight double-digit point performance and her seventh such outing inher past 11 games. Rosado also contributed four rebounds, three assists and apair of steals. Nesha Wright ended her day two-points shy of double figures,scoring eight to go with four boards and a steal. Jaleisha Barrett led LU withfive rebounds, scored six points and tallied a block, a steal and an assist.Kieanna Wharton added four points and two rebounds in nine minutes of work.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (11-3) 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 second mostvictories 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.

NicoleCollier (14-27) isin her second season as the head coach of the Lincoln women's basketball teamand enters this afternoon's game with a 14-27 overall record. In her first yearon the job, Collier led the team to 11 wins and its second-consecutive berth inthe MIAA Women's Basketball Championship tournament. The season was highlightedby an appearance on the MIAA Network, where Lincoln defeated a NortheasternState team that was receiving votes in the national coaches poll, 54-49. UnderCollier's guidance, two Blue Tigers earned All-MIAA recognition.

Theseries between the two schools: Southern leads the overall series withLincoln 24-5. The Lions hold a 12-1 advantage at home, but the Blue Tigers tookthe most recent matchup at L&P winning 67-66 on December 10, 2011. Southernwon the lone game between the two teams last year winning 67-55 in JeffersonCity.

ScoutingLincoln:The Blue Tigers have got off to a rough start to MIAA play, but have been inmost of their games, including a narrow eight-point loss at Washburn. The BlueTigers are averaging 59.5 points per game while shooting 35.3% from the field.Lincoln is led in scoring by junior guard Jennifer Rosado who is averaging 11.6points per game while freshman guard Hunter Yoakum is averaging 11.0 points pergame. Sophomore guard Angela Randall is leading LU in rebounds with6.0 boards per game while averaging 9.2 points 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 (10-0), have fewer turnovers (8-0) and make more freethrows and score 80+ points (6-0).

MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.760), 2nd in FGpercentage (.454), 3rd in rebounding defense (33.8 rpg), & steals (9.4spg), 5th in scoring defense (65.6), scoring margin (+8.6) & assists (16.4)and 6th in scoring offense (74.3 ppg (66.0) & 3-point FG percentage defense(.300).

MIAAIndividual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezis second in the MIAA in assists averaging 4.8 apg as she has dished 62 helpersin 13 games. AlexisFitzpatrick ranks 4th averaging 4.2 apg.

ShonteClayranks 3rd in the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 58.5% from the fieldhitting 69-118. ShareseJones is 8th at 52.3% (56-107). DominiqueMosley ranks 10th hitting 51.7% (92-178).                

Jones ranks 4th in the MIAAin FT percentage at 81.3% (78-96). NicoleHartzog is 5th at 80.4% (45-56).

Fitzpartick leads the MIAA insteals averaging 2.9 swipes per game. She is 5th in the MIAA in assist/turnoverratio at 2.4. Hartzogis tied for second in steals with 2.0 spg.

Mosley ranks 4th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 16.1 ppg.  Jonesis 10th at 14.2 ppg. Clayis 17th with 12.6 ppg.

Mosley is 10th in reboundsgrabbing 7.4 rpg. Jones is 11th w/ 7.3 rpg.

NationalRankings:The Lions rank 21st in the country in field goal percentage shooting 45.4% fromthe field. Leading the MIAA in free-throw percentage, Southern ranks 23rd inthe country in free-throw percentage shooting 76% from the charity stripe onthe year. Fitzpatrick ranks 10th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratiowhile ranking 24th in steals. Soyez ranks 35th in assists at 4.8 assists pergame.

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