January 22, 2011

Lions Redeem Loss at Kirksville

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Women (10-6, 8-4 MIAA) redeemed a 71-58 loss on the road earlier this season to the Truman Bulldogs (8-8, 6-6 MIAA) by beating the Bulldogs 64-40 Saturday in Joplin.

The Lions went into the locker room with a 27-21 lead.  Truman's only two leads of the first half were at 2-0 and 4-2 at the 19:08 and 18:16 marks.  Southern would go up by eight twice at 18-10 at 12:33 and 27-19 at 2:16.

As a team Southern shot 53.3 percent (12-of-23) from the field including a 2-for-4 performance from downtown.  Sophomore Kelby Fritz made the two lone long distance connections for the Lions.  Senior LaTice Jones went 6-for-7 from the field for 12 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead the Lions in the first half.  Sophomore Erin Rice pulled down three boards as Southern out rebounded the Bulldogs 15-11.

The Lions continued the hot shooting from the field finishing the game shooting 54 percent on 27-of-50 from the field.  Southern also finished strong on the defensive end holding the Bulldogs to just 37.5 percent (18-of-48) shooting.  The Lions also out rebounded Truman in the game 34-23.

Southern started the second half on a 9-0 run to open the lead over Truman to 40-25 at the 15:09 mark.  Gipson and Lovejoy were responsible for all 9 points as Lovejoy connected on a jumper a lay-up and a free throw while Gipson added a jumper and a three-pointer.

The Lions then would scratch and claw their way to a 26 point lead at 64-38 with 0:42 remaining before Truman Bulldog Jenny Dorman hit a jumper to finish the scoring and give the Lions a 64-40 victory.

Senior Jasmine Lovejoy finished the game with 19 points to lead all scorers while junior Larrita Gipson and Jones both finished with 11.

Southern also shot 46.2 percent from three-point range going 6-of-13.  Fritz led the way for the Lions making 3-of-6 from downtown.

 The Lions will be back in action Wednesday night as they travel to Warrensburg, Mo. to take on the Jennies of Central Missouri in a 5:30 PM tilt.  The Lions defeated the Jennies earlier this year 74-62 in Joplin.