Lions to face rival PSU on road


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Senior forward Erin Rice shoots a free throw against Emporia State on Feb. 16. The Lions were beaten in the game by a final score of 62-55. Southern also hosted the University of Central Oklahoma Thursday night, but scores were not available at press time.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Missouri Southern Lions faced Emporia State, who was on an eight  game winning streak.

The Emporia State Hornets are currently ranked fourth in the MIAA.

The Lions did not start the game with the energy or effort that was needed, but they flipped the switch at half time.

The Lions leading scorer Dominique Mosley was absent from the game.

“I think at halftime our head and our heart changed, and when that changed, and then our effort improved.

We became the kind of basketball team we are capable of being,” Head Coach Maryann Mitts said.

As the second half began, the Lions were down 39-19.

Within the first eight minutes of the second half the Lions cut

Emporia’s lead to only four points. In that eight minutes the team had five steals and only missed three shots.

Junior Samantha Soyez scored five points in the second half run by the Lions.

Senior Erin Rice had six points within the run and finished the game with a season high of 28 points.

Mitts said the team showed a lot of fight, but they are just getting too behind in the first half.

All of the runs and efforts the team makes are to catch up, instead of winning the game. It was an intense game down until the last minutes.

In the final three minutes of the game the

Lions cut the lead once again but not enough. The Lions lost by seven with a final score of 62-55.

Icy conditions forced Southern to postpone its Thursday matchup with Central Oklahoma to Monday, Feb. 25.

Next, Southern will be back in action against Pittsburg State on Feb. 27.