Skiles posts double-double, Lions win home opener over Graceland
Layne Skiles had 12 pts, 10 reb Wednesday
JOPLIN, Mo. — RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
Sophomore guard Layne Skiles finished third in scoring (12) and first in rebounds (10) for her first career double-double as the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team scored its first victory of the season over the
Graceland Yellow Jackets by a score of 89-56 inside the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center Wednesday night.
Senior forward Chasidee Owens led all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds. Junior center Zoe Campbell added 13 points and seven rebounds while also recording a block towards a total of 64 career blocks which puts her in a tie for fifth all-time in school history.
Two minutes into the game, the Lions (1-2) had back-to-back three-pointers by Cozart and Owens to put Southern in front, 9-2. The Yellow Jackets (1-4) responded on a 12-6 run to go up one (15-14) with four minutes remaining in the first period. Southern regained the lead moments later to come out of the first period with a three-point advantage (23-20).
Both teams traded baskets to force a 24-24 tie early on in the second period, but it was the Lions that closed out the first half strong as Cozart launched a three-point shot that swished as time expired. The shot capped off a 20-8 spurt for the Lions and led to the home team holding a 44-32 lead at the break.
Out of the break, the Lions went through the third period and into the fourth period extending its lead to as much as 32 points (76-44) and would never relinquish it for the victory.
Missouri Southern begins a four-game road trip on Saturday against Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 pm.
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