Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern women's basketball team will tip off the regular season on Friday traveling to Springfield to square off with the Drury Lady Panthers at 5:30 p.m. at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Tip-Off: 5:30 p.m., CT
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: O'Reilly Family Event Center (3,100)
Series Record: MSSU leads 7-0 (Home: 4-0, Away: 3-0)
Coaches: Ronda Hubbard (0-0 overall/at MSSU). Steve Huber (0-0, at DU, 108-55 overall).
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Preseason MIAA Poll: The Missouri Southern women's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in both the coaches and media poll as the MIAA released its preseason polls October 24. Southern returns eight letterwinners from a year ago, including five seniors and four starters while also welcoming in a talented crop of newcomers. Unfortunately, the injury bug has bite the Lions early this season as senior guard Jolee Sharp went down with an injury in preseason practice and will be out for the season. Playing in all 27 games a year ago with 18 starts, Sharp averaged 6.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg while leading the team in three-pointers made (24) and attempted (71). Also out for the early part of the season will be senior guard Tee Singleton, who led the Lions in minutes played, assists and steals last year.
1st Seasons: Interim Head coach Ronda Hubbard enters her first year at the helm of the women's team, but she is very familiar with the program as she has spent the previous 12 years as the associate head coach helping the Lions compile a 189-145 record and make 11 trips to the MIAA Tournament.
Drury is in a similar situation as the Lions as they also welcome a new head coach to the fold in Steve Huber. Coming to Springfield after spending the last seven years as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator of Division I Creighton, Huber has also coached at Louisville, San Diego State and Central Missouri. He spent five years as the head coach at Benedicting College (Kan.) from 1994-99, guiding the Ravens to three NAIA national tournament appearances, two conferene titles and a 108-55 record.
New Faces (coach edition): Longtime men's associate head coach Ronnie Ressel has moved over to women's program this year and will be joined by new assistant coach Victor Esparza who comes to Southern from Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Scouting Drury: Led by first-year head coach Steve Huber, the Lady Panthers are coming off a 14-13 season in 2012-13 that saw them finish with a winning record for the 13th consecutive year, but not make the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in the program's 13-year history. The Lady Panthers return two of their top scorers in seniors in Bethanie Funderburk and Kylie Williamson who are expected to provide plenty of scoring punch while they also welcome in a pair of post players in senior Amber Dvorak, a transfer from Big Ten Minnesota and freshman Hannah Dressler.