Lions win last seasonal game

Nicole Greninger, junior guard, fights off a Missouri Western State College defender during the Feb. 26 game.

Nicole Greninger, junior guard, fights off a Missouri Western State College defender during the Feb. 26 game.

With an 18-2 run in the second half, Missouri Southern’s women’s basketball team beat Missouri Western State College Feb. 26.

The Lions won with a score of 86-77.

“I think everybody pulled together and played really well,” said Amy Adkison, senior forward.

The Lions trailed for much of the game, but took the lead with a three-pointer by Erica Redman, junior guard, with 11 minutes left in the game. The Griffons would tie it at 60 in the next minute, but senior guard Aubrie Hallman would move the Lions ahead with a free throw. Southern led for the rest of the game.

Adkison and Vonny Wilson, senior forward, both led the Lions in rebounds, pulling down seven each. Dacie Reutlinger, junior forward, grabbed six rebounds.

Wilson also led the Lions in total points, scoring 22. Wilson netted seven out of her 10 free throws.

The Lions’ second-leading scorer was Hallman. Hallman scored 16 points to complement her team-leading eight assists and three steals.

She also nabbed five rebounds.

Nicole Greninger, junior guard, shot three three-pointers to help her be the third-highest scorer for the Lions, with 14 points.

Hallman and Redman each scored two three-pointers.

The MWSC game marked the final regular season game for four Lions.

Adkison, Wilson, Hallman and Katie Deen, senior guard finished their careers at Southern.

“It feels great to go out with a bang,” Wilson said. “It’s the best thing you get.”

Adkison shared her sentiment.

“You couldn’t ask for anything more,” Adkison said.

The Lions’ victory over the Griffons pulled them to an overall record of 17-10, and an MIAA record of 9-9.

The ladies played the Central Missouri State University Jennies in the MIAA Postseason Tournament March 3. The game had not been played at press time.

Editor’s note: The women lost to CMSU, 62-59, in the MIAA Postseason Tournament.

“I think we have a good shot in Kansas City,” Adkison said. “We’ll take our chances there.”

Wilson she feels confidant the team will continue to improve over the years.

“As long as the girls returning play like they did tonight, they’ll do alright,” she said.

Look for the results from the MIAA Postseason Tournament in the March 11 issue of The Chart.