Maryville, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State's (13-2, 9-2) size inside was too much for the Missouri Southern Lions (9-6, 7-4) Monday night as the Lions fell to the Bearcats 75-64 in Maryville, Mo.
Southern was led by senior Jasmine Lovejoy as she scored 23 points and fellow senior LaTice Jones added 13. Jones recorded her second double-double of the season as she also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lions.
Southern held the lead briefly in the first half against the Bearcats as Lovejoy drained a three-pointer to give the Lions their largest lead at 17-11 with 10:43 to go in the first half.
Northwest Missouri took the lead for good at the 5:02 mark of the first half on a three-point shot by Shelly Martin at 25-24. The Lions would then fall behind by as much as 20 points in the second half (58-38) before going on a 13-0 run spanning 3:46 with Lovejoy scoring six of her 23 points and sophomore Kelby Fritz dishing out three assists along with two points. Senior Afton Baldwin added a three and freshman Kalie Lucas added two points during the run. The Bearcats ended the run on two free throws by Gabby Curtis and then methodically ran the the deficit up to 16 points at 71-55. The Bearcats went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe down the line and held on for the 75-64 win over the Lions.
Missouri Southern will return to action on Saturday, January 22 in The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center as the Lions host the Truman State Bulldogs at 1PM.