Southern women's basketball hangs tough before falling at #9 Washburn

Topeka, Kan. - The Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team hung tough with the #9-ranked Washburn Lady Blues tonight before falling 53-42 at Lee Arena.

The Lions (10-8, 4-6 MIAA) were led offensively by Kansas native Jolee Sharp who finished with a team-high 12 points, while Dominique Mosley chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.  The Lady Blues (14-3, 8-1) were led by Tiara George who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

With both teams getting off to slow starts offensively, Washburn would jump out to a 5-0 lead after the first five minutes of play. Southern would begin to find their rhythm offensively as they would go on a 13-6 run over the next seven minutes to take their first lead of the game at 13-11.  Mosley, Erin Rice, and Tee Singleton would combine for the Lions first 13 points as the lead would change hands three times over the three and half minutes before the Lions would respond with a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at six (22-16) with 3:19 remaining in the first half. Sharp would key the run with five of her seven first-half points.

The Lady Blues would respond with a 5-0 run of their own before the Lions other Kansas native Samantha Soyez would nail a three-pointer to give the Lions a four-point lead. The Lions would hold onto a four-point lead before a jumper and free throw from the Lady Blues would close the gap to one as the Lions went into the halftime break with a 27-26 lead.   

With Sharp hitting a pair of free throws a little more than a minute out of the locker room to take a three point lead, the Lady Blues would respond with a 10-0 run before a Mosley layup would end the drought almost five minutes later to close the gap to within five (36-31).

The Lions would continue their cold shooting in the second half as they would go more than seven minutes without a field goal as the Lady Blues went on a 9-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 45-33 lead before a Soyez layup would close the gap to ten with 6:50 to play in the game. The Lady Blues would respond with two quick baskets to take a 14-point lead before a Shonte Clay layup and Sharp free throw cut the lead to 11 (49-38) with 4:07 to play. Unfortunately that would be as close as the Lions would get falling by a final score of 53-42.

Five days after scoring a season-low 52 points and converting a season-low 17 field goals against Northeastern State, the Lions would have another cold shooting outing as the Lady Blues held the Lions to 42 points and 15 field goals. With each team committing 25 turnovers apiece, the Lions had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm on the evening being outscored 36-16 in the paint along with 20-6 on second chance points.

The Lions return to action staying on the road to face Fort Hays State (13-5, 5-5) on Saturday at 2 p.m.