Joplin, Mo. - Fresh off a pair of non-conference road wins this past week, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team tips-off MIAA conference play on Thursday hosting Nebraska- Kearney at 5:30 p.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Tip-Off: 5:30 p.m., CT
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSU leads 15-13 (Home: 8-6, Away: 7-7)
Coaches: Ronda Hubbard (5-1 at MSSU, overall). Kevin Chaney (31-54 at Nebraska-Kearney, overall).
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Last time out for the Lions (5-1): Thanks to a career-high 30 points from senior forward Dominique Mosley, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team raced past Rockhurst 82-56 Saturday (Nov. 30) afternoon at the Mason-Halpin Field House.
Becoming the first Lion to score 30 points in a game since Jasmine Lovejoy in 2011 when she scored 33 points in the season finale against Pittsburg State, Mosley finished 10-of-13 from the field while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. She added a career-high 14 rebounds, including seven of the Lions (5-1) nine offensive boards on the afternoon.
Sharese Jones nearly had her second double-double of the season as she added 15 points and nine rebounds. Nicole Hartzog chipped in 15 points and Alexis Fitzpatrick scored 10 to go along with five assists.
Last time out for the Lopers (3-3): The Sioux Falls women's basketball scored 55 second half points to roar back from a halftime deficit and beat Nebraska-Kearney, 88-71, Tuesday night (Nov. 26) in South Dakota.
Kearney, which defeated USF by a 54-45 score last year, led 42-33 at the break. To get that advantage, UNK closed on a 14-5 run that featured a three pointer from Lexington sophomore Sydney Seberger and four points from Beatrice senior Shelby Zimmerman. Sioux Falls quickly grabbed the momentum back, scoring the first 12 points of the second half. The Cougars then built a double digit lead, only to see UNK have a comeback of its own.
The Lopers got within three, 69-66, with 5:35 to play after a bucket by junior post Amarah Williams (St. Louis, Mo.). However, senior reserve Bailey Bouman hit three treys, in about 90 seconds, to quickly make it a 12-point game.
The Coaches: Ronda Hubbard (5-1) 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 but 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.
Kevin Chaney (31-54) is in his fourth year at Nebraska-Kearney and enters tonight's game with a 31-54 overall record at UNK. A California native, Chaney has worked at two NCAA Division I schools (Nevada & Southern Illinois Edwardsville), two NCAA Division II schools (Minnesota-Duluth & Lincoln, Mo.) and one junior college (Solano C.C., Calif.). The Lopers were 7-18 overall in 2012-13, 4-14 in their first season in the MIAA. In 2011-12, seniors Debi Johnson and Vanessa Leeper Jones both were named All-RMAC for a second straight year with Leeper Jones being tabbed an Academic All-American.
The series between the schools: The Lions lead the overall series with the Lopers 15-13. Southern is 8-6 at home and 7-7 on the road. The Lions lost last year's match-up in heartbreaking fashion 67-60 in overtime. Hartzog scored a team-high 11 points and Mosley chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
Mosley named MIAA Athlete of the Week: For her outstanding performance at Rockhurst and a great outing earlier in the at Northwestern Oklahoma, senior forward Dominique Mosley earned MIAA Athlete of the Week honors this week. The Chicago native scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in Southern's 82-56 win at Rockhurst Saturday. She went 10-13 from the field while going a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line and grabbed seven of the Lions nine offensive rebounds. She also scored 24 points while snagging seven rebounds and swiping a career-high five steals earlier in the week in an 84-54 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State.
MIAA Team Rankings: The Lions rank 1st in the MIAA in free-throw percentage (.794), 2nd in FG percentage (.470), 3rd in scoring offense (78.7 ppg) and 4th in rebounding offense (41.8 rpg).
MIAA Individual Rankings: Several Lions lead or rank highly in the MIAA in certain individual categories. Samantha Soyez leads the MIAA in assists averaging 6.7 apg as she set a new career-high with 11 in the win over Evangel on Nov. 23. Shonte Clay leads the MIAA in FG percentage as she is shooting 66.7% from the field hitting 32-48 on the year. Nicole Hartzog leads the MIAA in free-throw percentage at 1.000% hitting a perfect 23-of-23 on the year. Alexis Fitzpartick leads the MIAA in assist/turnover ration at 8.7 as she has 26 assists and only three turnovers on the year. Sharese Jones ranks second in the league in rebounding grabbing 9.7 rpg. Mosley is fourth grabbing 9.2 rpg. Mosley ranks third in the MIAA in scoring averaging 19.5 ppg. Jones is 9th at 15.8 ppg.