Southern women to host Oklahoma Wesleyan Tuesday

The Lions are 2-7 to start the season
Southern women to host Oklahoma Wesleyan Tuesday

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team will close out the calendar year tomorrow night as the Lions play host to Oklahoma Wesleyan. Tip off from inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 5:30 pm.

Game Information
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Robert Corn Court – Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series: First-Ever Meeting

Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: Fox Sports Joplin 101.3, 107.9 and AM 1560; 88.7 FM KXMS
Audio: https://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/index.cfm?stationCallSign=WMBH
Webcast: https://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: http://www.mssulions.com

Stop the Polls

The Lions were picked to finish 9th in the MIAA after going 14-16 overall and 6-13 in MIAA play during the 2018-19 campaign. Defending Conference Campions Fort Hays State was picked to win the MIAA with 10 first-place votes while Central Missouri received the other four first-place vote and was picked second. Washburn (3), Pittsburg State (4), and Emporia State (5) rounded out the top-5.

1
Drury (13)
8-0
563
1

2
Lubbock Christian (10)
8-0
558
2

3
Grand Valley State
8-0
526
3

4
Ashland
7-0
483
6

5
Lee (TN)
9-0
477
7

6
Saint Anselm
6-0
459
8

7
Sioux Falls
9-0
403
11

8
Azusa Pacific
7-1
374
4

9
Virginia Union
5-1
364
10

10
Texas A&M-Commerce
8-0
350
12

11
California (PA)
7-1
313
9

12
Alaska Anchorage
9-1
308
13

13
Indiana (PA)
8-1
287
13

14
North Georgia
7-1
244
15

15
Anderson (SC)
7-1
211
16

16
West Texas A&M
8-2
202
17

17
Westminster (UT)
8-1
171
18

18
Southeastern Oklahoma State
5-1
163
20

19
Fort Hays State
6-2
162
5

20
Hawaii Pacific
5-1
141
24

21
Adelphi
9-0
102
NR

22
UC San Diego
6-2
90
21

23
Emporia State
7-2
73
NR

24
Minnesota State Moorhead
8-2
69
22

25
Southwestern Oklahoma State
7-2
61
25

Dropped Out: No. 19 Cal State San Marcos; No. 23 University of the Sciences.

Others receiving votes: Cal State San Marcos 56; Lindenwood 46; Bowie State 29; St. Thomas Aquinas 22; University of the Sciences 18; Belmont Abbey 17; Bentley 17; Central Oklahoma 16; Lincoln (PA) 15; Union (TN) 15; Florida Southern 14; Walsh 12; Benedict 10; Catawba 7.

Send It Back
One goal that coach Ressel set for the Lions heading into the season was to improve on defense. Thus far as opponents try to shoot from the paint, the Lions have been preventing many shots from even reaching the rim with 62 combined blocks and a 6.9 average per contest for second and third in the nation, respectively. Both marks also place them first among MIAA programs with Northwest Missouri State trailing by 22 (40) in second.

Front and Center
After observing as a freshman and figuring things out on the court as a sophomore, junior center Zoe Campbell from Caloundra, Australia has become a force in the front court. Campbell ranks fifth in total blocks (34) and fourth in blocks per game (3.78) while leading the MIAA in both categories. The Australia native currently stands second in all-time in career blocks (85) and set the school record for blocks in one game (7) at Harding. She is also sixth in the MIAA in rebounds per game (8.4).

Take the Long Way Home
Another dimension on the defense that MSSU wanted to sure up was around the perimeter and the team has certainly done its job by limiting opponents to 30.5-clip on 177 attempts from three-point range, which ranks eighth in the MIAA at three-point field-goal defense. The Lions defense is ranked sixth in total field-goal defense by holding opponents to 37.8 percent shooting from the field on 593 attempts.
Picking Up the Scent: Five Components on the Opponent

Oklahoma Wesleyan
• Ranked second in Division II NAIA in 3-Pt Pct Defense (.223)
• Return nine players, including two starters, both were All-KCAC recipients in junior guards Danae Goodwin and Amanda Hart (HM’s) Hart leads the team in points per game (10.9).
• Last year finished with a 18-12 record overall and a 14-10 record in the KCAC
• Have been ranked as high as 25 in Divison II NAIA, after starting the season 7-0.
• Currently on a three game winning streak picking up wins against McPherson (Kan.), Friends (Kan.), and St. Mary (Kan.).

Last Time the Lions …

Scored 100 points 12/30/17 (vs. Graceland, W 100-44)

Allowed 100 points 2/12/00 (vs. Emporia State, L 102-60)

Scored 100 points & lost 11/23/91 (vs. Arkansas-Monticello, L 104-100)

Lost at home 12/7/19 (vs. Washburn, L 83-76)

Played an overtime game 11/16/19 (at. Illinois Springfield, L 80-75)

Played multiple overtimes 12/7/17 (2 OT vs. Lincoln, W 94-90)

Had a player with 30 points 1/5/19 (at Lincoln, Chelsey Henry , 35 pts.)

Had a player with 15 rebounds 11/20/18 (at UPR Rio Piedras, Jordan Schoenberger , 15)

Had a double-double 11/26/19 (Campbell, 10 points & 11 rebounds, at Henderson State) L , 81-78

Did not make a three-pointer 11/20/99 (vs. So. Arkansas, L 73-62)

Up Next
The Lions will be back in action on January 4, traveling to Fort Hays State for a 2 pm start.

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