Lions drop third straight

It seems as if the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team may be heading the wrong way, as they have now dropped three straight games and have been bitten by the injury bug as well.

The Lions were hanging tough with No. 21 Emporia State in the first half, but the Lady Hornets managed to open their lead up to as much as nine points in the first half.

Southern hung in, going down by just a point at the half.

Haley Weathers put the team on her back as she connected on multiple threes in the second half, sending the Lions on small runs.

However, the Lady Hornets seemed to have an answer for every run and went on a late 6-0 run to put the Lady Hornets on top for good 79-65.

“We were just making too many poor decisions in the game, you can’t make mistakes when you want to beat a good team,” Head Coach Maryann Mitts said.

Haley Weathers was able to put up 23 points, three rebounds, and getting three steals.

She seemed to have the team’s hot hand as she went 6-13 from the three point range. Teammate Kelby Fritz was the team’s second highest scorer contributing 12 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists in the process.

 The Lions shot just over 35 percent for the game while shooting 78 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets on the other hand manage to shoot 50 percent from the field, while also out-rebounding the Lions 40-28 on the boards.

To make matters worse for the Lions, one of the team’s star players, Tatianna Washington, went down in the second half with a knee injury. She did not return to the game and may be out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a tough injury to a good player; the team will have to bounce back and step up,” Mitts said

The Lions were back in action Wednesday night Feb. 15 as they hosted the number 15 ranked Washburn University.

The first half looked good for the Lions as they were able to open up an early 14-2 lead, but Washburn would answer right back with a 15-2 run of their own to take a 17-16 lead halfway through the first half.

The Lady Blues headed into halftime with a small two point lead. Mitts’ inspiring words hit the team as they jumped out to a 9-0 run to start the second half, cutting the Lady Blues lead down to three.

Both teams would exchange baskets as the game became tied 69-69 with only three minutes left in the game. However, the Lady Blues used a 6-0 run to end the game, capturing a hard-fought 75-69 victory over the Lions.

“We just have to get back to the basics and get the job done,” Mitts said.