Lions season ends in MIAA Tournament’s first round

Jesse Cordova

For the second straight day, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats put an end to the Lions’ season.Northwest was able to down Missouri Southern’s women’s basketball team 77-54 in first-round MIAA Tournament action.Northwest downed Southern for the third time this season, an admittedly remarkable feat in college basketball. Even more painful, however, is the fact that this one puts a lid on the season.While Southern owned a slight 37-36 rebounding advantage for the game, they were unable to come up with defensive rebounds down the stretch and it cost them as they had their season finished off to the chants of “Season’s over!” from the Northwest student section in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.Southern junior forward Tynesha Pierce scored 10 first-half points before getting into foul trouble and sitting down. She finished the game with 20 points and nine boards before fouling out with approximately two minutes left in the game. In senior forward Dana Mae Robbs’ last game as a Lion, she scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds. Robbs once again gutted it out with a broken left hand.”Dana Mae is a battler,” said Northwest head coach Gene Steinmeyer. “I have never seen a player play so bandaged up.”He said, “a broken left hand held Dana Mae to seven points and three rebounds,” when asked how his team kept her under wraps.Maryann Mitts, Lions’ head coach, said the Northwest defense is “a team that likes to go for steals and we did not combat that at all.”The Lions finished the season 14-13, but will return four starters to next year’s squad.