Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern women's basketball team hosts the Southwestern Oklahoma State Lady Bulldogs on Saturday at 1 p.m. in their home opener at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Tip-Off: 1:00 p.m., CT
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record:Series tied 2-2 (Home: 1-1, Neutral: 1-1)
Coaches: Ronda Hubbard (0-1 overall/at MSSU). Kelsi Musick (61-55, at SWOSU, 61-55 overall).
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Last time out for the Lions (0-1): The Missouri Southern women's basketball team fell 75-54 at Drury in their season opener at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on Nov. 8. The Lions were led offensively by senior center Shonte Clay who came off the bench to finish with 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Nicole Hartzog added 14 points while senior forward Dominique Mosley chipped in eight. Sophomore guard Sharese Jones grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds while adding four points. Facing a 36-23 deficit at halftime, the Lions came out of the locker room fighting as Clay got an early layup to get the scoring going for Southern.
Unfortunately, Drury countered with a 12-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 48-25 with 15:57 to play in the second half. Taking after their new coach Ronda Hubbard's fiery personality, Southern did not go down without a fight as Mosley came into the game and scored four quick points after not scoring in the first half. Chipping away, Southern cut the Lady Panthers lead to as low as 12 (63-51) after a pair of free throws from Clay, but were unable to get any closer. Southern shot 19-58 (32.8%) from the field, 10-25 (40%) from three-point range and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free-throw line in the game.
Last time out for the Lady Bulldogs (2-1): An 11-game losing streak for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team against Northeastern State was snapped Wednesday night (Nov.13) as the Lady Bulldogs knocked down over 50% of their field goal attempts and coasted to a 96-73 victory over the Riverhawks.
After starting slow, by her standards, Michelle Fisher poured in 23 points in the second half and finished with a career high 31 points to lead SWOSU to the victory. Fisher hit 11-of-15 field goal attempts and 6-of-8 shots from downtown in the effort. Kylie Boggess hit 5-of-6 three pointers to finish with 15 points while Taryn Sayama poured in 12 points in 19 minutes.
The Coaches: Ronda Hubbard is in her 13th year on the staff at Missouri Southern and was promoted to the position of Interim Head Coach on July 2, 2013 after the retirement of Maryann Mitts. During her 12 years with the Lions, she has helped the team to a 189-145 record, including winning marks and a trip to the MIAA post season tournament in all by one of those 12 seasons. In 2000-01, Hubbard helped the University of Texas-Pan American post its most wins in a season since becoming an NCAA Division I institution in 1985, and the second most victories in school history. Prior to her stint at Texas-Pan American, she served on current Lions head coach Maryann Mitts' staff as an assistant at Rockhurst University from 1996-2000. There, she helped the Lady Hawks post a 68-45 record and advance to the 1997-98 Sweet 16.
Kelsi Musick is in her fifth season leading the Southwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball program in 2013-14. Musick returned to her home state to lead the Bulldogs in 2009 after previously assisting at Fresno State University. Musick has improved the teams win total in all four seasons she's been at SWOSU, taking the team from three wins her first season to 25 in her fourth year. She is a two-time Great American Conference Coach of the Year, winning the award following both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
The Series between the two schools: The overall series between the Lions and Lady Bulldogs is tied at 2-2 with Southern going 1-1 at both home and neutral site. Their most recent matchup came on Nov. 26, 2005 as MSSU won 69-61 at the Pittsburg State Pizza Hut Classic.