Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern (4-3, 2-1 MIAA) took a 39-22 halftime lead into the locker room and ballooned that lead up to 18 (43-25) at the 18:48 mark in the second stanza before the Missouri Western Griffons (3-3, 1-2 MIAA) bounced back and went on a 9-2 run in the last minute of the game to pull within eight as the Lions held on for a 67-59 win.
Sophomore Erin Rice led all scorers with 24 points Wednesday night in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. This is the second game in a row where Rice has improved her career best in points scored.
Rice went five-for-eight from downtown for the Lions and senior Afton Baldwin went three-for-six to lead the Lions. Southern as a team shot 10-for-18 from the three-point arc.
Fritz added five assists with Lovejoy dishing out four to lead the Lions in that category.
Southern dominated the Griffons on the boards with a 41-29 advantage. The Lions were led by Rice and Lovejoy who pulled down nine and eight, respectively. Baldwin led the team in the steals department with three of the teams 10.
The Lions also improved from the charity stripe for the second game in a row shooting a 72.2 percent.
The Lions will host Lincoln University Blue Tigers Saturday at 1pm. This game will mark the 1000th game in the women's program history at Missouri Southern.