Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions (6-14, 2-12 MIAA) weathered a fast start by the Lincoln Blue Tigers (12-7, 6-7 MIAA), but the comeback fell just short as Lincoln came away with the 66-61 win Wednesday night in Jefferson City, Mo.
Southern had their own 10-0 run to take the lead at 22-14 with 3:50 to play in the first half and would eventually go into halftime with a 24-22 lead.
For the first half the Lions shot 36 percent (9-of-25) while holding Lincoln to 34.5 percent (10-of-29).
Coming out of the locker room freshman Haley Weathers nailed a three pointer to give the Lions their largest lead at five, 27-22. Lincoln would battle back and tie the game at 32-32 with 16:47 to play.
Lincoln would then take a one point lead on two free throws by Vivian Essuon at 40-39 with 12:04 to play before junior Erin Rice would score on a jumper in the paint to retake the lead at 41-39 with 11:34 to play. The Blue Tigers would then go on a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the game with 9:08 to go, 50-41; Essuon scored eight points for Lincoln during that run. Freddie Sims added two free throws to that 10-0 run.
The Lions shot 22-of-53 from the field for 41.5 percent and were 3-of-19 from three point range. Southern was out rebounded by the Blue Tigers, 40-28.
Weathers led the way in scoring for the Lions with 19 points, while Rice added 11. Junior Tatianna Washington led Southern in rebounding with seven boards.
Lincoln was led by Vivian Essuon with 32 points, second most against the Lions this season, and Cierra Emerson with nine points. Essuon also led the Blue Tigers in rebounding with 14.
Southern will return home on Saturday as they host the Missouri Western Griffons in their annual Pink Night game at 5:30 pm.