Southern strives for even better showing

Rolling through competitors with five wins in a row before Thursday night’s matchup against Nebraska-Kearney, the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team looks to continue its success at Saturday’s home game.

The Lions have been almost unstoppable after suffering a season-opening loss to Drury. The Lions have rebounded nicely, winning five in a row with the closest game being decided by 15 points.

“The biggest key to our success in this early part of the season is our unselfish play,” said Ronda Hubbard, interim head coach. “I have been impressed, offensively, with our ability to get the right people the ball in the right situation. Our teamwork on the offensive end has been a pleasant surprise so early in the year.”

The two most recent wins came against Northwest Oklahoma and Rockhurst, with both games being decided by 20-plus points. A big part of the team’s success has been the strong play of senior forward Dominique Mosley.

Mosley was named the MIAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week. This honor came as a result of her outstanding performance against Nebraska-Kearney when she put up career highs in points (30) and rebounds (14), as well as a strong outing against Rockhurst that saw her record 24 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

“Domo’s (Mosley’s) conference player of the week is much deserved,” said Hubbard. “She’s been playing very well for us. It makes me happy to see her increased work ethic in practice pay off. It’s also a result of the unselfish play we have had that her teammates work hard to get her open and get her the ball in the best places for her to score.”

The Lions will host Washburn on Saturday afternoon in their second conference matchup of the season. Washburn is 4-2 so far in the early season, but has lost both of its games on the road. Despite the early season success the Lions have had, Hubbard still believes there is room to improve.

“I really hope to see better defensive play by our team this weekend,” she said. “Offensively, I have felt we are a little ahead right now, but defensively I still feel we have a long ways to go. I also hope to see us make strides in shooting the ball from the perimeter better. It has not been our strong suit thus far.”