Lions women stick together through three straight losses


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Freshman guard Sharese Jones looks for a pass during the Pittsburg State Sonic Trophy Series Games on January 16. The Lions lost to the Gorillas 63-66.

The Missouri Southern Lions women’s basketball team suffered a lost to Emporia University 68-52 on Wednesday, lost 67-60 against Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday and loss to Pittsburg State University 66-63 last Wednesday.  The team went 4-0 during the winter break. The team is now 10-6 in regular season and 4-4 in the MIAA.

 “The team is like a family,” Maryann Mitts, head coach, said. “Just like a family we go through rough times but the rough times will make us stronger. I’m really proud of this group. We’ve played some really good basketball this season.”

 The Lions faced the Emporia Lady Hornets Wednesday night and advanced quickly in the game scoring 6 points in the first 3 minutes. The Lady Hornets scored quickly and tied the game at 9-9 and the Lions were slow to score and the Lady Hornets brought the half-time score to 28-19.

The Lions picked up the intensity at the start of the second half. In the first 5 minutes they scored 14 points with 6 of those coming from Dominique Mosley, junior forward. The Lions kept the score within 12 points until the last 4 minutes. That was the closest the Lions got to contest to the Lady Hornets lead. The final score ended up 68-52.

 “It was a little disappointing,” Mitts said. “To date, it’s truly the been the only disappointing loss of the year.”

 The team played rivals at Pittsburg State University on the 16th on their own court. The team suffered a disappointing loss of 66-63 after not being able to recover from the first half of the game.

 “The game was decided within the first ten minutes,” Maryann Mitts, head coach, said. “ We had gotten ourselves in too big of a hole.”

 During the break, the Lions went 4-0 and played against Northwest Missouri State University, Missouri Western State University, Lindenwood University and Lincoln University.

 The Lions will face Northeastern State University tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.