Joplin, Mo. - Behind a near double-double from senior forward Dominique Mosley, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team kicked off exhibition play tonight with a 85-62 win over Livin' The Dream at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
The native from Chicago, Ill. finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Sharese Jones also had a stellar exhibition opener posting a double-double finishing the night with 20 points (8-14) and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Samantha Soyez contributed 10 assists, amassing nearly half of the Lions 22 in the game, along with six points.
The Lions led from start to finish over Livin The Dream, a group of former college women's basketball players, as junior guard Nicole Hartzog got the scoring going early nailing a three-pointer from the top of the key. Southern raced out to a 16-5 lead with 12:23 to play in the first half thanks to points from seven different Lions, but LTD would keep the lead in single digits, until Southern went on a 12-3 run over 4:28 to go up 37-19 with 2:51 to play in the first half.
Outscoring the Dream 26-10 in the paint and 16-3 off second chance points in the first half, the Lions took a 41-26 halftime lead. With the Lions determined to put away the Dream, LTD kept fighting cutting Southern's lead to as low as eight (55-47) with 9:03 to play in the second half, but that was as close as they would get. After a layup from the Dream's Ashley Birch cut Southern's lead to 10 (68-58) with 3:26 to play, the Lions closed out the game on a 17-4 run that included five layups, getting three assists from Soyez.
Southern shot 44% (33-75) from the field, 18.8% (3-16) from three-point range and 72.7% (16-22) from the free-throw line on the evening. LTD shot 33.3% (20-60) from the field, 16.7% (3-18) from long distance and 76% (19-25) from the charity stripe. Southern outrebounded the Dream 49-42, while grabbing 18 offensive boards.
The Lions close out their exhibition season on Sunday traveling to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena before opening up the regular season at Drury on November 8.