Lions get first conference win of season

Southern women beat Newman 72-68




The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team hung tough and withstood a late charge from visiting Newman University as the Lions took out the Jets 72-68 today on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (4-10, 1-5 MIAA) was led in scoring by Chasidee Owens as she scored 21 and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line, adding ten rebounds and an assists in the process. Madi Stokes scored 15 points off the bench, going 7-of-9 from the field and adding seven rebounds and a steal. Zoe Campbell had eight points and six boards, while Destiny Cozart scored six and dished out five assists.

Newman (7-9, 2-5 MIAA) was led in scoring by Kaitlyn Potter with 22 points as she hit five three’s in the game.

Newman opened up an 8-2 lead four minutes in, but a layup from Stokes capped a 6-0 run for the Lions and tied the game at eight. The Jets answered right back with a 5-0 run to go up 13-8, but a three from Emily Kuntze cut the lead to two (13-11) and the score after one was 15-11, Newman.

Southern got to within one (19-18) after a free throw from Layne Skiles with 6:48 to go in the quarter, but Newman quickly jumped back out to a seven-point advantage after a three from Braxtyn Stewart with 5:23 to go.

The Lions, though, chipped away at the lead and a jumper from Stokes capped an 8-1 run and tied the game at 29 with 3:31 to go. The game was tied again at 31 after another jumper from Stokes and a pair of freebies from Owens with 1:22 to go gave the Lions a 33-31 lead. After Newman jumped back ahead with just under a minute to go, a jumper from Kaiulani Jones and a pair of free throws from Owens gave the Lions a 37-34 lead at the break.

Southern started the third quarter with four quick points and forced a Newman timeout, leading 41-34 with 8:39 to go. A jumper from Zoe Campbell with 7:29 left gave the Lions a 43-36 lead, while a pair of free throws from Amber Buch with 2:46 to go pushed the Southern lead to 11 (51-41).

A bucket from Jordan Schoenberger just as the 4th quarter had started pushed the Southern lead back to ten (55-45), while a layup from Skiles with 6:39 left gave Southern a 63-49 lead and forced another Jets’ timeout. The Lions led by 15 (65-50) after a jumper from Shoenberger, but an 11-0 run from the Jets cut the Lions’ lead to six (65-61) with 2:20 to go.

A pair of free throws from Owens with 1:58 on the clock stopped the run and put Southern up 67-61, but Newman scored four quick points and got within two (67-65) with just more than a minute to play. A jumper from Campbell with 45 seconds on the clock gave the Lions a 69-65 lead, but a three the next trip down for the Jets cut it back to one.

The Lions had the ball with 25 seconds on the clock and up by one and Buch was fouled with 4.7 seconds left, promptly making both freebies to give the Lions a 71-68 lead and proved to be enough.

Southern shot 45 percent from the field and out rebounded the Jets 40-28.

The Lions will be back in action this Thursday as Southern travels to Lincoln University. Tip off is slated for 5:30 pm from Jason Gym.