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Jones leads balanced scoring attack as Southern defeats Bearcats 80-74

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Usinga balanced scoring attack that saw five Lions finish in double figures, theMissouri Southern women's basketball held off the hard-charging NorthwestMissouri Bearcats for a 80-74 victory tonight at Bearcat Arena.

Winningtheir fourth straight game, the Lions (13-3, 7-2 MIAA) were led in scoring bysophomore guard ShareseJones who finished with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Jonesalso grabbed six rebounds and went 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. ShonteClay added 19 points and six rebounds of her own while DominiqueMosley chipped in 17 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Mosleywas nearly perfect from the charity stripe hitting 9-of-10 from the line on theevening. ShawneePhillips and NicoleHartzog also each finished in double figures as they recorded 11 and 10points, respectively.

TheBearcats (5-12, 2-8) were led in scoring by Ariel Easton with 24points, while getting more than half of her points at the free throw linehitting 13-of-18 from the charity stripe. Ashleigh Nelson added 16 points on6-of-12 shooting from the field. The Bearcats got to the free-throw line39 times in the game hitting on 26 for a 66.7% clip.

Asis typical in the MIAA, a physical game was to be expected, and this game wasno different as both teams combined for 59 fouls and 84 free throws attempts onthe evening. Southern jumped out to an early 11-4 lead after the first sixminutes of play, but the Bearcats answered right back with seven straightpoints of their own to deadlock it at 11. 

Apair of free throws from Mosley and back-to-back layups from Hartzog andMosley gave Southern back the lead at 17-11, butagain Northwest responded with a 7-2 run to close the gap back to one(19-18). After KenyaBrown hit a free throw for her only point of the evening to giveSouthern a 29-26 edge, the Bearcats' Monique Stevens hit a three-pointer withthree seconds to play in the first half tying the game at 29 as both teams wentto the locker room. Neither team particularly shot the ball well in the firsthalf as Southern went 8-26 (30.8%) while Northwest went 6-21 (28.6%).

Withboth teams continuing to battle, neither side backed down in thefirst 12 minutes of the second half as Southern held a narrow 58-57 lead. Aftera free throw from NWMSU's Easton made it a 60-58 game, Clay answered witha pair of free throws and a layup to open up a six-point lead with 6:23 toplay. After a three-pointer by Phillips extended the Lions lead to 69-61,Southern closed out the game with nine free throws and a layup from Mosley totake home the 80-74 victory.

Bothsides shot the ball much better in the second half as the Lions finished thegame 24-of-52 (.462) from the field, while the Bearcats shot 21-of-47 (.447).Southern got the free throw line 28 times in the second half alone, 45 for theevening, hitting on 28 of them for a 62.2% clip. The Lions heldthe advantage in boards grabbing 40 to the Bearcats 30, including 16 offensiveboards leading to 13 second chance points.  

Southernreturns to action at home on Saturday when they host the Missouri WesternGriffons (7-9, 2-7) at 1 p.m. at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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