Lady Lions suffer defeat by 14 to Lady Griffons

Kristen Smith

With hopes of holding a second victory over Missouri Western’s Lady Griffons, the basketball Lady Lions took a trip to St. Joseph.

“They came here earlier this season, and we beat them really bad,” said freshman guard Chrissie Greninger.

Southern finished its game earlier this season against Missouri Western 79-55. During the past six years, the Lady Lions have not been able to beat Missouri Western. The game this season, held on Jan. 22, was their first win against Missouri Western since 1996. However, this feat was not to be repeated as the Lady Lions lost 69-55 on Feb. 19.

The women finished out the first half against the Lady Griffons in a 29-29 tie. The women were expecting another win, but fell behind in the second half.

Center Lucimara Silva held the game high with 23 points.

The Lady Lions current record for the season is 14-12 (6-9). The game left Missouri Western with a 20-4 (12-3) season record.

After a win against Pittsburg State Feb. 12, the women headed to Emporia, Kan., on Feb. 15 for a chance at a second win over Emporia State University. After beating Emporia earlier this season, the women were surprised at the 91-80 loss they suffered from the Lady Hornets.

While Silva led with 19 points for the game, freshman guard Carol Koenig scored 18 points for Southern before fouling out of the game.

Greninger was not able to attend the game against ESU but talked with her teammates when they returned home.

“They played a low game,” Greninger said. “Emporia was shooting well.”

Students look forward to the women returning for home games against Truman State on Saturday and then against University of Missouri-Rolla on Wednesday.

“I enjoy watching the women play,” said Liz Scheurich. “I like going to the games because it shows good school spirit.”.