June 14, 2012

Lions Women's Basketball Adds Two More to 2012-13 Squad

Joplin, Mo. –Missouri Southern women's basketball coach Maryann Mitts has announced the additions of Samantha Soyez (Goddard, Kan.) and Brittany Scott (Dallas, Texas) for the 2012-13 season.

Soyez comes to Missouri Southern from Newman University where she played two years under Lions assistant coach Jaime Green.  During her two year stint with the Jets Soyez was a part of back-to-back Heartland Conference regular season championships and the school's first Heartland Conference Tournament championship and NCAA D-II regional berth.  

During her two years at Newman the Jets compiled a 42-14 record and Soyez scored a career-high 15 points in an 88-81 win over Texas A&M International last season.

In high school Soyez was the starting Point Guard and led Hillsboro High School (23-3) to a 3A State Title earning All-State honors as a freshman.  She then transferred to Goddard High School her sophomore year leading them to a 2nd place finish at the 6A State Tournament earning all-state honors.  Her junior year suffered a hip injury and missed the end of the season.  

During her senior year for the Lions she averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists per game taking a young team to the championship game of sub-state.  Samantha was named to the All-Tournament team at the Firebird Classic, hosted by Lawrence Free State High School; earned First Team All-AVCTL; and All-State 6A Honors.  Soyez is the current All-Time leader in assists for Goddard High School.

Samantha is the daughter of Will and Gayla Soyez and plans on majoring in Communications at Southern.

"Sam is a strong, tough competitor who is a winner," Mitts said! "She has strong leadership skills and the intangibles (strong work ethic, toughness, and coach-ability) which we hope will enable her to 'set the tone' in both our practices and games.  We believe Sam will adjust well to the physicality of the MIAA and is capable of playing multiple positions due to her versatility and size.  Sam will compete at both our small forward and post positions." 

Brittany Scott comes to Southern after one season at Southern Arkansas University in the Great American Conference.  A 2009 graduate of North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas she led the Stallions to a district championship in 2006-07 and earned second team All-District honors.   

Scott played for Coach Tonika Bruce at both Neosho County Community College and then followed her to Jefferson College.  At NCCC Scott saw action in 29 games as a freshman, scoring 48 points, dishing out 41 assists, and collecting 30 steals on the season.  She was also voted a team captain her freshman year.  

During her sophomore campaign she transferred with Coach Bruce to Jefferson College where she again was voted a team captain and saw action in 32 games for the Vikings while she scored 80 points, had 83 assists, and 39 steals.Coach Mitts on Brittany,

"Brittany brings added depth to our point guard position," Mitts said. "Brittany is a vocal and energetic leader who will be looked upon to help guide our program both on and off the court.  By her mere presence on the floor, she makes the players around her better.  She finds the open player with ease and distributes the ball well to shooters.  We will be looking to Brittany for an added defensive spark and to push temp offensively, especially in transition."

Brittany plans on majoring in Math Education and is the daughter of Willis Scott and Stephanie McHenry.