Lions use home court to full advantage


Joshua Boley

Junior guard Nicole Hartzog is able to manuver around a Lindenwood defender during the Jan. 15 game.

Seemingly led by a different player every time they step on the court, the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team continued its winning ways this past week with two wins at home.

On Jan. 15, the Lions faced off against Lindenwood, winning by a final score of 72-61. Senior Shonte Clay led the Lions with 19 points on 9-13 shooting, but junior guard Alexis Fitzpatrick dictated the tempo on offense and defense. Fitzpatrick facilitated the offense, registering 10 assists and eight points. She also had six steals on the defensive end.

“Lex [Fitzpatrick] is the general on the floor,” said Head Coach Rhonda Hubbard. “She has a high level of responsibility to control what is going on, dictate tempo, and make sure everything is communicated well from our staff to the team.”

Against Lincoln on Jan. 18, the Lions ran to a 24-point win. It was their biggest margin of victory since the end of November.

Junior Nicole Hartzog had her biggest game of the year in the matchup. Hartzog scored 26 points in the game, largely due to the number of steals she had (seven).

With the two wins, Southern moved to 9-0 on the year at home, something Hubbard is glad to see.

Hubbard said, “Being undefeated at home has been a goal of ours. I do feel that there should be an extra amount of energy a team should play with at home, especially if you have a big crowd behind you.”

In comparison to early in the season, the Lions have played with a balanced scoring attack as of late.

“It certainly pleases me, as the coach, to see more people ready to make shots and plays than in the earlier part of the season,” Hubbard said. “I think the balanced scoring is just a sign of our growth and understanding where to get their shots.”