JOPLIN, Mo.- Missouri Southern State University hosts a watch party as the women’s basketball team competes in the NCAA regional championship.
The Lady Lions are battling it out in the NCAA regional championship against Minnesota - Duluth. This is MSSU’s third appearance in the regionals, the first and second appearances were in 1993 and 1994.
This is the second watch party the university held, starting with round one. The students enjoy the watch parties as it is another way to spend time outside the dorms. “If it weren't for the watch party, I'd watch it at my house all by myself,” said Tyler Wade, a sophomore at MSSU “So I love that they bring us out here. They got free food and stuff. So it's pretty awesome. I went to the last Watch party, too, and it was a blast. It was. It was so exciting in here.”
Many of the students have classes with the players. They love watching the players grow on and off the court. “I've been here for four years,” said Riley Laver, senior at MSSU “I've gotten to see them grow and get to know a lot of the girls, and they're all amazing.”
Unfortunately, Minnesota - Duluth defeated the lady lions by one point, 77-76.
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