Southern falls 71-58 at Truman to open MIAA play

Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern women's basketball team got 18 points from Jasmine Lovejoy and 14 from Michelle Hedgecock, but the Truman Bulldogs came away with a 71-58 win tonight in both team's first MIAA action of the year. 

Southern (2-3, 0-1 MIAA) had three players score in double-figures led by 18 from Lovejoy and 14 from Hedgecock as Larrita Gipson chipped in ten. Lovejoy was 6-11 from the field and made her first three of the year, while Hedgecock pulled down a game-high eight boards. 

Truman (2-2, 1-0 MIAA)was led offensively by Breanna Daniels with 16 points and eight rebounds. Becka McHenry scored 12, while Amy Galey dished out nine assists. 

Southern led by six on four different occasions in the first half, the last at 21-15 after a pair of free-throws from Lovejoy with just under nine minutes to go in the half. From that point, however, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to go up 26-23 and scored the final seven points of the half to lead by eight (35-27) at the break. 

The Truman lead reached 11 (53-42) after a layup from McHenry and would be in double-figures for the remainder of the game with the Bulldogs' largest lead at 16 after a pair of free-throws from Megan Sharpe made the score 64-48 with 4:51 left. 

The Lions were dominated on the boards tonight by the Bulldogs as Truman won the rebounding battle 49-24. The Lions forced 20 Truman turnovers and scored 26 points off of the miscues, but Truman's bench outscored the Lions' 33-8. 

Southern will be back in action this Saturday, playing host to Central Missouri at 1 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.