Narrowly missing outon entering the USA Today WBCA Top 25 for the first time since the 2007-08season, the Missouri Southern women's basketball team will look to win itssixth straight game as they venture out on the road on Thursday traveling to SouthwestBaptist to face the Bearcats at 5:30 p.m.
Teams: RV) Missouri Southern(14-3, 8-2 MIAA) vs. Southwest Baptist (8-9, 3-7) Date:Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 Tip-Off:5:30 p.m., CT Location:Bolivar,Mo. Site:Meyer Sports Center (3,000) Series Record: MSSUleads 39-20 (Home: 25-5, Away: 14-15) Coaches:Ronda Hubbard (14-3 at MSSU, overall). Todd Voss (28-42 at SBU, 136-74overall).
Lasttime out for the Lions (14-3, 8-2): Winning their fifth straight game and stayingunbeaten at home on the season, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketballteam powered past the Missouri Western Griffons 65-50 this afternoon at theLeggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Wearing pinkjerseys to raise money for breast cancer research, the Lions (14-3, 8-2 MIAA)were led in scoring by DominiqueMosley who finished with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field asthey improved to 10-0 at L&P this year. Two other Lions finished in doublefigures as ShonteClay and ShareseJones added 10 points apiece. SamanthaSoyez added seven points and a game-high six assists, while KristenHanna scored a season-high six points.
With Southerntaking a 27-22 lead into the halftime break, the Lions came out of the breakscoring 10 of the first 15 points of the second half to take a 37-27 lead,Western hung tough with a 6-0 run to cut Southern's lead to 37-33. The Lionsresponded with a 9-1 run capped by a layup from NicoleHartzog with 8:07 to go to take a 46-34 advantage. After a pair of freethrows by Western's Lewis cut Southern's lead to 49-44 with 5:30 to go, theLions finished the game on a 16-6 run to win by a final of 65-50. That finalrun by Southern featured scores by five Lions led by five points from AlexisFitzpatrick and four from Molsey.
Lasttime out for the Bearcats (8-9, 3-7): The Southwest BaptistUniversity women hosted Lincoln University Saturday afternoon in Meyer SportsCenter. Freshman Alex Botkin had a breakout game as she posted a career high 15points helping the Bearcats mount a dynamic second half comeback to knock offLincoln 66-58. The Bearcats where able to gather themselves after going intothe half down 34-25 as they controlled the pace on their way to a much neededconference win.
The game started off with a plethora of fouls as the SBU women matched upagainst the Lincoln Blue Tigers perimeter attack. The Bearcats saw themselvesdown 16-7 halfway through the first half before going into halftime trailing by9 points (34-25). Senior Jacqui Zelenka led the way for the Bearcats at thehalf way point with six points and five rebounds.
The SBU women started off the second half with intensity as they controlled thepace and cut Lincoln's lead to 7 points (42-35) through the first five minutesof the second have. Going into the second media timeout you could tell it wasgoing to be a fight to the finish as the Bearcats were down only 4 points(48-44) with 9:15 remaining in the game. The Bearcats continued to charge as athree pointer from Alex Botkin with 8:21 left in the game gave the SBU womentheir first lead of the second half (49-48). SBU maintained the momentum asthey went on a 17-10 run to complete the second half comeback over Lincoln66-58.
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.
Todd Voss (136-74) is currently in his 3rd season atthe helm of the Southwest Baptist women's basketball program. With a record of28-42 (.400) record as the head coach of the Bearcats, Voss has a career recordof 136-74 (.648) as a head coach after coaching at Concordia University-Sewardfor four years from 2002-2006. Before taking over at SBU, Voss spent five yearsas an assistant coach at Division I Drake, where he was involved in playerdevelopment, tutoring post players, game preparation, and recruiting. TheBulldogs went 86-72 during his tenure in Des Moines, including going 23-14 in2007-08.
The series between the two schools: The Lions hold a39-20 advantage over Southwest Baptist going 25-5 at home, but are only 14-15in Bolivar. Southern won last year's only matchup in Joplin 69-63. The Lionslast won at SBU on December 18, 2010 taking home a 69-66 win and have split thelast four meetings in Bolivar dating back to 07-08.
Scouting the Bearcats: The Southwest Baptistwomen sport a 8-9 overall record, 3-7 in MIAA coming off a win over Lincoln athome last Saturday. The Bearcats rank first in the MIAA in free throwpercentage (.760), 2nd in assists (16.0), 6th in rebounding (40.2) and 8thin scoring offense (71.6), field goa (.422)l and three-point percentage (.319).They are led in scoring by Brooke Duncan with 14.2 ppg., while Jacqui Zelenkaleads the team in rebounds with eight per game and she adds 13 points pergame. Guard Dilonna Johnson leads the MIAA in assists in 5.0.
Lions receiving votes in the WBCA Women's Poll: For the fourthconsecutive week, Southern received votes in the USA Today WBCA Women'sbasketball poll garnering 41 votes, missing out on entering the top 25 byone spot as they were 13 shy of #25 Adelphi University (N.Y.). Along withtop ten ranked Emporia State, Central Missouri is #12, while Fort HaysState and Pittsburg State also received votes.
Lionsare undefeated when: Southern is undefeated on the year when they have moreassists (13-0), have fewer turnovers (9-0), score 80+ points (8-0), make morefree throws (8-0) and allow less than 59 points (6-0).
MIAARankings:The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in FG percentage (.472), 2nd in free-throwpercentage (.743) & rebounding defense (33.3 rpg), 3rd in steals (9.5spg),& 3-pt. percentage (.329), 4th in scoring margin (+9.8), 5th inscoring defense (65.0) & assists (15.8 apg) , and 6th in scoring offense(74.8 ppg).
MIAAIndividual Rankings: Shonte Clay tied for the top FG percentage in the MIAAas she is shooting 60.4% from the field hitting 87-144. Sharese Jones is 6that 55.0% (72-131). DominiqueMosley ranks 7th hitting 52.0% (104-200).
SamanthaSoyezis 2nd in the MIAA in assists averaging 4.6 apg as she has dished 73 helpers in16 games. AlexisFitzpatrick is tied for 4th averaging 3.9 apg.
Jones ranks 4th in the MIAAin FT percentage at 79.5% (93-117). Hartzogis 5th at 77.4% (48-62). Clay is 8th (75.8%) and Mosley is 10th (74%).
Fitzpartick leads the MIAA insteals averaging 2.8 swipes per game. She is 5th in the MIAA in minutes playedaverging 31.2 mpg. Hartzogis 2nd in steals with 2.2 spg.
Mosley ranks 6th in the MIAAin scoring averaging 15.4 ppg. Jonesis 8th at 14.5 ppg. Clayis 16th with 13.0 ppg. Hartzogis 29th with 10.6 ppg.
Mosley is 11th in boardsgrabbing 7.2 rpg. Jonesis 13th with 6.9 rpg.
NationalRankings:The Lions rank 9th in the country in field goal percentage shooting 47.2% fromthe field and are 41st in the country in free-throw percentage shooting74.3% from the charity stripe on the year. Clay ranks 11th in the country in FGpercentage (60.4%) while Mosley checks in at 50th (52.0%). Fitzpatrick ranks28th in the country in steals (2.76) and 39th in assist-turnover ratio (1.86).Soyez ranks 47th in assists at 4.6 assists per game.
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