Lions drop MIAA opener to #23 UCO
RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
Joplin, Mo. – A big second quarter doomed the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team as the Lions fell 79-60 at home to No. 23 Central Oklahoma tonight inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Central Oklahoma (8-0, 1-0 MIAA) got a pair of 20-point performances as Micayla Haynes scored 26 and Ireon Smith added 20.
The Bronchos jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before four-straight points from Henry tied the score at four with 8:11 left. UCO rattled off five-straight points, but the Lions went on a 9-4 run to close the quarter, tied at 13 with the Bronchos.
UCO opened up a 26-15 lead to start the second quarter, but the Lions fought back and went on an 11-4 run to get back within four (30-26) with 1:40 left in the quarter. The Bronchos, however, closed the quarter on a 7-0 run giving UCO a 37-26 lead at the break.
Four quick points from the Lions to start the third quarter forced a Bronchos’ timeout with 9:04 left in the quarter. UCO shot ahead and led by 12 (46-37) with 5:42 left in the third and led 57-45 after three.
A jumper from the Bronchos made the score 61-49 with 4:52 left in the fourth and a three from UCO made the score 71-52 with 2:47 left, forcing a Lions’ timeout. The Lions would not get any closer.
Southern out rebounded the Bronchos 36-31, including a 15-6 advantage that led to a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points.
Southern will be back in action this Saturday as the Lions play host to Northeastern State. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 1:30 pm.