Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern women's basketball team will close exhibition play on Sunday traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas to square off with the Arkansas Razorbacks at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Tip-Off: 2:00 p.m., CT
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Series Record: ARK leads 2-0
Coaches: Ronda Hubbard (0-0 overall/at MSSU). Tom Collen (113-79, at ARK, 330-149 overall).
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Preseason MIAA Poll: The Missouri Southern women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in both the coaches and media poll as the MIAA released its preseason polls last week. Southern returns eight letterwinners from a year ago, including five seniors and four starters while also welcoming in a talented crop of newcomers. Unfortunately, the injury bug has bite the Lions early this season as senior guard Jolee Sharp went down with an injury in preseason practice and will be out for the season. Playing in all 27 games a year ago with 18 starts, Sharp averaged 6.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg while leading the team in three-pointers made (24) and attempted (71). Also out for the early part of the season will be senior guard Tee Singleton, who led the Lions in minutes played, assists and steals last year.
1st Season: Interim Head coach Ronda Hubbard enters her first year at the helm of the women's team, but she is very familiar with the program as she has spent the previous 12 years as the associate head coach helping the Lions compile a 189-145 record and make 11 trips to the MIAA Tournament.
New Faces (coach edition): Longtime men's associate head coach Ronnie Ressel has moved over to women's program this year and will be joined by new assistant coach Victor Esparza who comes to Southern from Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Scouting Arkansas: Led by seventh-year head coach Tom Collen, the Razorbacks are coming off a 20-13 season in 2012-13 that saw them finish in a tie for 8th place in the vaunted 14-team SEC and advance to the second round of the WNIT. Arkansas was picked to finish 12th in the SEC media preseason poll released on October 14 coming in only above Ole Miss and Alabama. The Hogs returns three starters, including All-SEC candidates in senior forward Kiera Peak and junior point guard Calli Berna.