Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern women (16-9, 14-7 MIAA) got out to a hot start and never trailed in the first half of Wednesday night's 72-57 victory over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (7-18, 4-17MIAA).
Despite opening a 14 point lead with 11:19 left to play in the first half the Mavericks stifled Southern and held the Lions without a field goal for the final 4:08 of the stanza.
The Mavericks came out of the locker room down by four, 34-30, and continued their hot streak from the field gaining their first lead at the 14:32 mark of the second half at 41-40. That lead would blossom to three at 13:43 at 43-40 before Missouri Southern would mount an 8-2 run to take the lead for good at 48-45 with 11:06 to play.
The Lions would then take control of the game going up by as many as 18, 72-54, with 0:36 left in the game.
Baldwin led all scorers with a career-high 20 points and Lovejoy added 17 for Southern. Senior LaTice Jones and junior Michelle Hedgecock led the way in rebounding with a game-high seven boards each. Jones would add eight points and Hedgecock five points.
The Lions will close out their regular season this Saturday as they play host to Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in a 1pm tilt from The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.