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Late comeback not enough in MIAA Tournament loss to Central Missouri, 70-64

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The Missouri Southern women's basketball team closed the game on a 31-19 run, but couldn't complete the comeback as the Lions fell 70-64 today in the quarterfinals of the 2015 MIAA Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium. 


Southern (20-7) was led offensively by Sharese Jones who picked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, on 4-8 shooting and 6-8 from the free throw line. Jordan Dinyer scored ten points, eight of which in the second half, converting two big three pointers and pulling down six boards. 

Central (21-8) had three score in double-figures, led by 23 points and nine rebounds from Revonnia Howard. 

A three from Shawnee Phillips tied the game at five with 15:11 to go in the first half, but Central went on a 6-0 run to lead 11-5 with 12:58 left. the lead was eight (20-12) after a three from the Jennies with 7:45 to go and it was eight again (24-16) at the 6:21 mark. 

Southern started to put a run together and the Lions got to within seven (29-22) before back-to-back three's from Sharp and Hartzog made the score 31-28 with 2:50 to go in the half. A jones free throw with 14 seconds left made the halftime score 37-31, Central. 

The Lions shot 33 percent from the field in the half and 79 percent from the free throw line. 

The Jennies started the second half on a 10-3 run and led 51-34 with 14:33 left in the game. Southern answered that with an 8-0 run of its own to get to within nine (51-42) and after the teams traded baskets, a pair of free throws from Hartzog with 8:33 left cut the lead to seven (55-48). 

A three from Jordan Dinyer with 7:28 to go made the score 59-51, while a block on the defensive end from Sharp and another three from Dinyer cut the UCM lead to four (66-62) with 2:26 left. A put back from Dinyer after an offensive rebound got Southern within two (66-64) with 44 seconds left, but a pair of free throws for the Jennies gave Central a four-point lead with 15.4 seconds on the clock. The Lions' attempt was not good and Central hit two more free throws to put the game away. 

The Lions shot 35 percent from the field, 33 percent from long range and 81 percent from the free throw line. Southern had a 42-34 advantage in rebounds, but the Jennies out scored the Lions 42-20 in the paint. 

Southern moves its record to 20-7 and its fate to play on this season lies in the hands of the NCAA Selection Committee. The regional field will be unveiled on Sunday evening. 
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