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Southern women's basketball to host Missouri Western for Pink Day

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Press Release MSSU: 

After winningtheir fourth straight game on Wednesday, the Missouri Southern Lions women'sbasketball team returns home to host the Missouri Western Griffons in theirannual Pink Game on Saturday afternoon as the Lions will don pink jerseysto raise money for breast cancer research. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m atthe Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

GameInformation

Teams: RV) Missouri Southern(13-3, 7-2 MIAA) vs. Missouri Western (7-9, 2-7)
Date:Saturday,Jan. 25, 2014
Tip-Off:1:00 p.m., CT
Location:Joplin,Mo.
Site:Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MWSUleads 51-29 (Home: 21-18, Away: 8-31, Neutral: 0-2)
Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (13-3 at MSSU, overall). Rob Edmisson (23-21 at MWSU,427-141 overall).

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Lasttime out for the Lions (13-3, 7-2 MIAA): Using a balancedscoring attack that saw five Lions finish in double figures, the MissouriSouthern women's basketball held off the hard-charging Northwest MissouriBearcats for a 80-74 victory tonight (Jan. 22) at Bearcat Arena.

Winning theirfourth 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.

With the gametied at 29 at the break, both teams continued to battle in the second half asneither side backed down in the first 12 minutes of the second half as Southernheld a narrow 58-57 lead. After a free throw from NWMSU's Ariel Easton made ita 60-58 game, Clay answered with a pair of free throws and a layup to open up asix-point lead with 6:23 to play. After a three-pointer by Phillips extendedthe Lions lead to 69-61, Southern closed out the game with nine free throws anda layup from Mosley to take home the 80-74 victory.

Lasttime out for the Griffons (7-9, 2-7): The Missouri Westernbench scored 40 of the Griffons 63 points leading them to the 63-38 victory overMissouri Valley. Thirteen different Griffons scored in the game as they improveto 7-9 on the season.

The Griffonsused 16 bench points and 13 second chance points claiming the 29-12 halftimelead over the Vikings. The Griffons scored the first eight points of the gameas Tiffanie Abrams hit two early long range shots. The Griffons extended theirlead to 11 at 14-3 after a Cassey Sobaski jumper with 10:46 to play in thefirst frame. The Vikings responded cutting the Griffons lead to 14-7 just acouple minutes later after a Rayna Smith jumper. The rest of the half belongedto the Griffons outscoring the Vikings 15-4 to take the 17 point lead into thebreak.

The Griffonsmade 11-of-30 field goals and all four of their free throws. Nine differentGriffons scored in the frame with Abrams leading the way with six points. TheGriffons forced 14 turnovers which led to 13 points. The Vikings struggledoffensively making just 3-of-23 field goals which included 0-of-7 from longrange. The Vikings did make 6-of-8 free throws. The second half was similar tothe first as neither team shot the ball very well. The Griffons outscored theVikings 34-26 in the frame leading by as many as 26 four different times in thehalf.

TheCoaches: Ronda Hubbard (13-3) 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.

Rob Edmisson (427-141) isin his second season as the women's basketball coach. Edmisson guided theGriffons to a 16-12 overall record and an 8-10 record in MIAA play during hisfirst season. He helped the Griffons win an MIAA Tournament game by defeatingPittsburg State 71-67 on March 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kan. He also coachedsecond team All-MIAA selection Heather Howard and honorable mention selectionAlicia Bell. He came to Western from Oklahoma City University where hecoached from 2005-12. Edmisson led OCU's rich women's basketballtradition, leading the Stars to five Sooner Athletic Conference regular-seasonchampionships, five conference tournament titles and seven NAIA Division Itournaments in seven seasons with the Stars.

Theseries between the two schools: The Griffons lead the overall series 51-29,but the Lions hold a 21-18 edge at home and have won six consecutive gamesdating back to December 30, 2009. The Lions won last year's lone matchup 78-76at L&P on January 5, 2013 as Sharese Jones led Southern with 17points and grabbed six rebounds.

ScoutingMissouri Western:The Griffons bring a strong defense with them into Saturday's game as they rank4th in the MIAA in scoring defense allowing only 60.6 points per game. Theyrank 2nd in defending the 3-pointer as opponents only hit 27.3% per game beyondthe arc. Western is also stingy in field goal defense ranking 4th as they holdopponents to 37.3% from the field. On the offensive side of the ball, theyaverage 63.8 ppg while shooting 39.1% from the field, 27.3% from 3-point rangeand 59.4% from the free-throw line. The Griffons are led in scoring by seniorforward Sharniece Lewis who averages 9.1 ppg and Tiara Hall who averages ateam-high 6.6 rebounds per game.

Lions are undefeatedwhen: Southern is undefeated on the year when they have moreassists (12-0), have fewer turnovers (9-0), score 80+ points (8-0) and makemore free throws (7-0).

MIAATeam Rankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in FG percentage (.466), 2nd in free-throwpercentage (.745) & rebounding defense (32.9 rpg), 3rd in steals (9.6 spg),assists (16.1 apg) & 3-pt. percentage (.329), 4th in scoring margin (+9.4),5th in scoring defense (65.9), and 6th in scoring offense (75.4 ppg).

MIAAIndividual Rankings: SamanthaSoyezis 2nd in the MIAA in assists averaging 4.5 apg as she has dished 67 helpers in15 games. AlexisFitzpatrick ranks 3rd averaging 4.1 apg.

ShonteClayranks 2nd in the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 60.0% from the fieldhitting 84-140. ShareseJones is 6th at 54.8% (69-126). Dominique Mosley ranks 10th hitting 50.8%(98-193).                

Jones ranks 4th in the MIAAin FT percentage at 80.2% (89-111). Hartzogis 5th at 77.4% (48-62).

Fitzpartick leads the MIAA insteals averaging 2.9 swipes per game. She is 5th in the MIAA in assist/turnoverratio at 2.2 and minutes played averging 31.3 mpg. Hartzog is second insteals with 2.2 spg.

Mosley ranks 6th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 15.6 ppg.  Jonesis 7th at 14.8 ppg. Clayis 16th with 13.2 ppg. Hartzogis 27th with 11.1 ppg. 

Mosley is 11th in boardsgrabbing 7.4 rpg. Jones is 12th with 7.2 rpg.

NationalRankings:The Lions rank 10th in the country in field goal percentage shooting 46.6% fromthe field and 25th in the country in free-throw percentage shooting 74.5%from the charity stripe on the year. Fitzpatrick ranks 12th in the country inassist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) while ranking 26th in steals (2.9). Clayranks 14th in the country in FG percentage (60.0%). Soyez ranks 39th in assistsat 4.5 assists per game.

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