Southern women's basketball defeats Manhattan Christian 90-44

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lion's women's basketball team won 90-44 over Manhattan Christian tonight at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

With four Lions in double digits and all 11 players who dressed scoring at least one bucket, the Lions used a 9-3 start over the first three minutes of play to run away with the game.  Southern was led by 15 points from senior forward Erin Rice and 13 points from junior guard Johnna tenBerge. The Lions also got nice outings from junior forward Dominique Mosley and junior guard Samanthan Soyez, who chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

With the Crusaders hanging around for the first eight and half minutes of play, and Southern only leading 20-12, the Lions' used a 16-4 run over the next five and half minutes to go up 36-16 with 6:08 remaining in the half.  With five different Lions getting in on the action during that run, including six points from Rice, the Lions broke open the game, finishing the half on another 15-4 run to lead 51-20 at halftime. That run again featured five different Lions getting in on the scoring action.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Lions scored 15 of the first 18 points of the second half to make the score 66-23 with 14:00 remaining in the game.  With the Crusaders cutting the lead to 34 with a three-pointer with 4:47 remaining in the game, the Lions finished the game on a 12-0 run to win by a final 90-44. 

The Lions shot 59.7 percent from the field, hitting 37 of 62 field goals. The Crusaders had a tougher time finding the back of the net as they only shot 31 percent from the field (13-42).  Outrebounding the Crusaders 42-19, including 15 offensive rebounds, the Lions had a season-high in rebounds.

With everyone getting on the scoring action, the Lions shared the ball well on the evening recording a season-high 25 assists on their 37 field goals.

The Lions (2-1) return to action Thursday night when they face the Newman University Jets at 5:30 p.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.