Joplin, Mo. - Led by 12 points apiece from Dominique Mosley and Shonte Clay, the Missouri Southern Lions women's basketball team defeated Avila 60-38 tonight at home in the Pizza Hut/ Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic
Getting off to a fast start, the Lions (4-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of play thanks to five quick points from junior guard Johnna tenBerge. With the Lions leading 12-6 halfway through the first half, a 9-0 run by Southern, which included five points from junior guard Jolee Sharp, the Lions led 21-6 with 7:10 remaining in the first half.
Avila (1-6) responded with a 9-0 run of their own over the next two and half minutes to make the score 21-15. A layup by junior guard Tee Singleton ended the Eagle's run with four minutes to play in the first half. The Lions added a layup from Mosley to go up by ten 25-15. With Avila scoring the last five points of the first half, the Lions went into the locker room leading 25-20.
Scoring the first five points of the second half, the Lions jumped out to a 30-20 lead, but Avila clawed their way back into the game getting within 34-28 with 11:45 remaining in the second half. Unfortunately for Avila,the Lions took over from that point on as the Lions went on a 10-3 run over the next three minutes to go up 44-31 with nine minutes to play. After Avila closed the gap within 11 at 46-35, the Lions closed the night on a 14-3 run, including six straight points from Mosley, over the last seven and half minutes to win by a final of 60-38.
Despite only shooting 35.2 percent (19-54) from the field, their second-lowest percentage of the year, the Lions overcame that by forcing 25 turnovers by the Eagles. The Lions again did a great job distributing the basketball as they finished the evening with 16 assists, including five from junior guard Samantha Soyez, on their 19 field goals. Using a strong overall effort once again, 11 of the 12 Lions who played registered at least two points.
The Lions return to action tomorrow afternoon when they play Evangel at 3 p.m. in the final game of the Pizza Hut/ Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic.