March 4, 2011

Lions Women Drop Heartbreaker in MIAA Post-Season Tournament Quarterfinal

Kansas City, Mo. -The Missouri Southern women (17-10, 15-9 MIAA) dropped a heartbreaker in overtime at Municipal Auditorium today, 61-57, to Pittsburg State.

The Lions got 33 points from senior Jasmine Lovejoy and 12 from sophomore Erin Rice.  Rice led Southern in rebounding with nine, Lovejoy added eight, and junior Larrita Gipson pulled down seven.

The Lions struck first as Lovejoy connected from long distance to give Southern a quick 3-0 lead.  Pittsburg State stuck back connecting on a layup and their own downtown connection to take the lead at 5-3 with just under two minutes into the game.  From that point both teams would go cold from the field as the Lions shot 28 percent (9-of-32) for the half, and go into the locker room trailing 24-22.

Southern would trail by as many as seven points in the second half before going on a 18-2 run to take the lead and go up by a game-high nine points at 45-36 with 7:54 left in regulation.  Lovejoy scored eight of her game-high 33 during that run, Rice added six, and seniors Afton Baldwin and Lindsey Rujawitz connected on a jumper each.

The Gorillas would make a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game for the seventh time at 45-45 with just over four minutes to play.  The Lions and Gorillas would trade buckets for the remaining time until Lovejoy connected on a jump shot with 13 seconds remaining to tie the game at 51-51 and Pittsburg State's Drew Roberts missed a shot for the win as time expired.

In the extra frame Lovejoy and Rice would account for all of Southern's points with four and two respectively.

The Lions will await selection Sunday to find out if they will receive a bid to the South Central Regional.  Southern is currently ranked eighth in the most recent poll.