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Lions Prep for #16 UCO

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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

JOPLIN, Mo. - The Missouri Southern women's basketball plays the second game of its three-game road trip versus the No. 16 Central Oklahoma Bronchos on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
 
Game Information
Date:  January 27, 2018
Tip-Off: 1:30 pm
Location:  Edmond, Okla. 
Site: Hamilton Field House
Series Record:  MSSU leads, 14-10
 
Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: Fox Sports Joplin 101.3, 103.5 FM, and AM 1560; 88.7 FM KXMS
Audio:  http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WMBH
Webcast: http://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions/
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/uco/wbball/

The Series vs. Central Oklahoma 
This will be the 25th meeting between Southern and Central Oklahoma with Southern holding a 14-10 advantage in the series. Despite losing the last four meetings, the Lions hold a 5-2 advantage on the road at UCO.  Senior forward Jenson Maydew averaged 14.5 points and seven rebounds in the last two meetings against the Bronchos. Guard Dru Clark scored 13 points in the 2015 contest. Junior guard Chelsey Henry had 16 in last season's match up, while junior forward Desirea Buerge added 11 points, six rebounds, five steals, and two blocks in the one-point loss. Since UCO joined the MIAA, UCO leads the series at 4-2 and the Bronchos are 3-1 in Joplin. The longest winning streak in the series is eight games (Nov. 29, 1991 thru Nov. 16, 2001) held by the Lions.
 
Possible Starters

Missouri Southern (10-9, 7-4 MIAA)
No.             Name                                             Pos.           Ht.            Yr.             PPG          RPG       Assists       Steals         Hometown
1                Dru Clark                                         G               5-7           R-Jr             9.3            4.0            51              18             Collinsville, Okla.
3                Julianna Wadsworth                        G               5-8            Sr.              3.9            2.4            23              20               Oswego, Ill.
15              Chelsey Henry                                 G              5-10           Jr.             18.9            3.2            27              8                Neosho, Mo.
21              Desirea Buerge                                F               6-0            Jr.               19.4          8.8            12              15             Webb City, Mo.
31              Jenson Maydew                               F               5-11          Sr.               9.9            7.7            20              5                 Pratt, Kan.
 
Central Oklahoma (16-3, 7-3 MIAA)
No.             Name                                            Pos.            Ht.            Yr.             PPG         RPG         Assists      Steals         Hometown
 4               Madison Lee                                    G              5-8             Jr.               3.2           2.2             27              12            Okarche, Okla. 
13              Blake Blessington                            G              5-9             Jr.             10.8           5.5             46              17             Harrah, Okla.
22              Melinda Murillo                                G               5-5             Sr.            16.8           3.2             72              27             Guthrie, Okla.
23              Jo'Nah Johnson                              G               5-7             Fr.               8.0           2.1            40              19             Edmond, Okla. 
42              Jesheon Cooper                              F               6-5             Sr.             10.2         10.6            15              12              Belleville, Ill.
 
 
 
Quick Notes
Veteran Leadership
MSSU returns seven players from last year's squad (three seniors and four juniors) to provide leadership for one sophomore and five freshmen entering their first season with the Lions.

MIAA Pre-Season Poll
The Lions were selected to finish 11th in the conference entering the 2017-18 season. No. 13 ranked Central Missouri received the most first-place votes, followed by the 2016-17 regular season champion Pittsburg State who was picked second. No. 11 ranked and winner of the last five MIAA tournaments Emporia State was picked third by the coaches and media back in mid-October.
 
MOSO Makes Them All, OPPO Hits the Wall 
Down the stretch, MSSU has converted on one of the most important situations in sports: free throw shooting. Lions have made 346 of 443 attempts from the free throw line for second in the conference in free throws made and remain fourth in the MIAA in FT percentage (.781). They continue to shoot nine percentage points higher than their opponents (79-70%) inside Leggett Platt, including a season best 27-for-28 (.964) from the line versus Graceland. Their opponents for some reason are not faring well with the pressure, being limited to 70 percent in 18 games for sixth in the conference.
 
Henry the 15th I am I am
Junior guard Chelsey Henry has scored rapidly throughout the season, currently second on the squad in scoring at an 18.9 ppg clip (48-percent), including a career-high 29 points versus Northeastern State and eight other 20-point games. Henry is coming off the 2016-17 season as the third leading scorer for the Lions as a sophomore (10.3) and is currently tied for third in the MIAA in scoring, sixth in free-throw percentage (86.8) and field-goal percentage.
 
Let the Buerge Hit The Floor 
Since returning to game action, junior forward Desirea Buerge has played out of her mind for the Lions thus far by leading the team in points 19.4 (49-percent) in 15 games after recording eight 20-plus point games and eight double-doubles during the season. Buerge is second on the MIAA leader board in scoring (.2 off the leader), fifth in rebounds (8.8), and fifth in field-goal percentage, and eighth in free-throw percentage (85.0). 
 
She Works Hard for the Rebound
Senior forward Jenson Maydew is currently tenth on the MIAA rebounding leader board (7.7). She added a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds against Missouri Western for her third double-double of the season a couple weeks ago, which was a career-high for double-doubles in a season. Maydew has registered 33.6 minutes of playing time for one of the five players to be over 33 minutes.

Welcome Back Fritz  
Missouri Southern Women's Basketball head coach Ronnie Ressel announced the addition of former Lion Kelby Fritz to the coaching staff for 2017-18. Fritz began her playing career at Missouri Southern State University (09'-12') where she averaged 10 points per game. She continued her collegiate carrier in 2012 at Rogers State University. After college, Fritz helped Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to a National Junior College (NJCAA) Division 1 Region 2 and District B title this past season. The 29-3 Lady Norse entered the national tournament as the 11 seed and defeated 22nd seeded Iowa Western 73-47 in the opening round at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. While at NEO, Fritz was responsible for game preparation, scouting, game day duties, recruiting, strength and conditioning, and all aspects of team travel for the Lady Norse.

International Love 
Coach Ressel and his staff went outside the country on the recruiting trail as they signed two freshmen from overseas. 6'3 center Zoe Campbell comes way of Australia, while 5'7 guard Ines Catalan Mateos is from Spain. Both have seen in 24 games combined and started in four games each. Campbell is third on team with ten blocks, while Catalan has scored 48 total points and registered 15 assists in 170 minutes.

Up Next
The Lions end their three-game road trip with a match up against the Pittsburg State Gorillas
on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 pm. 

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