Women come back to win SBU game

Noelle Ott

Sometimes 14 feet and a drive to win can change everything.

On Feb. 12, Aubrie Hallman, senior guard, shot the winning point with only one second left in the game against the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats. With that last effort, Missouri Southern was able to go away with a win of 61-60.

The Lions trailed for a majority of the game, but never by more than eight points.

“We did a nice job of coming from behind, and we continued to fight our way back in to the game and positioned ourselves in the last five minutes to win it,” said Maryann Mitts, head women’s basketball coach. “That’s what you always hope your team will do to win basketball games down the stretch.”

Southern was behind in points after the first half, only leading for 2:15 into the game when the Bearcats bumped up the score 6-5.

It would be in the second half when Southern would take back the lead with 4:12 left in the game. After that the lead would bounce back and forth between the two teams until Hallman’s winning shot.

“It was defiantly an emotional win,” Mitts said.

The high scorer for the game was Vonny Wilson, senior forward, with a total of 18 points scored.

“I was impressed with the second half performance of Vonny Wilson,” Mitts said. “After foul trouble in the first half, Wilson came in and did an outstanding job in limiting Gywn Smith.”

Nicole Greninger, junior guard, scored 14 points total including four three-pointers out of seven attempted.

Hallman scored a total of 13 points, had eight rebounds and also nine assists.

The Lions had 60 percent on free throws for the entirety of the game.

Southern lost to the CMSU Jennies Feb. 16 77-59.

Southern currently stands at 15-9 for the season and 7-8 in the MIAA conference.

The Lion’s next game will be on Saturday against Northwest Missouri State University. The tip-off will be at 1:30 p.m. in Maryville.