Saint Joseph, Mo. - The Missouri Southern women's basketball squad (13-7, 11-5 MIAA) broke a 17-game losing streak at St. Joseph, Mo. Saturday night by defeating Missouri Western (10-9, 7-8 MIAA) 67-61.
The Lions went 28-of-37 from the charity stripe and out rebounded Western 45-31.
Southern had four players score in double figures as senior Jasmine Lovejoy led the way with 22 points, 16-of-17 from the free-throw line. Sophomores Kelby Fritz and Erin Rice both scored 12 each and senior LaTice Jones finished with 10. Jones also led the way for the Lions with a new career high of 14 rebounds. Lovejoy and Rice both pulled down eight boards each as well.
Missouri Western would lead by six three times in the first half before the Lions would mount a 13-2 run over the last 6:26 of the first stanza. Fritz sparked the comeback hitting two shots from downtown within a matter of 30 seconds to put the Lions up by five, 36-31 with 3:56 to go in the half.
Southern took a five point lead into the locker room, 38-33, and then came out hitting three straight free-throws to open up their largest lead of the game at 41-33 with 18:36 left in the game.
The Giffons would take the lead twice in the second half, but everytime Missouri Western would make a surge the Lions had an answer. After Western took their first lead of the second half at 49-47 at the 9:28 mark Southern answered with a free-throw by junior Larrita Gipson and a jumper by senior Afton Baldwin gave the Lions the lead back at 50-49 with 8:12 remaining. The Griffons would then take the lead again at 54-52 with 6:01 left to play Lovejoy hit two freebies and Gipson added another to give Southern the lead for good at 55-54 with 4:58 to go in the game.
Southern will finish their three game road swing at Pittsburg, Kansas with a 5:30 PM tip at Sonic Trophy Series rival Pittsburg State. The Lions won the first match up in Joplin this year, 60-52 to take a leg up on the women's basketball point.