Basketball Lions’ regular seasons begin

Jeremy Thomas


With an impressive road victory at future conference foe, the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers, the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team pulled its record to an even 1-1 on the season. Junior Erin Rice was the team’s top scorer as she put up 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. 

Teammate Kelby Fritz recorded 12 points while dishing out six assists.

Freshman Haley Weathers contributed to the victory with 11 points and junior Tatianna Washington contributed with 10 points of her own. 

The Lions shot respectably from the field as they were over 50 percent as a team and handed out 24 assists. 

Washington seemed to have the fast hands during the game as she recorded three of the team’s five steals. 

The Lions, however, did turn the ball over 21 times, a number Head Coach MaryAnn Mitts says has to improve. 

“We need to take care of the ball and limit our turnovers, play better as a b-ball team,” Mitts said.

The Lions would go on to win the game 76-66, the first win for the Lions on the road this season.

“We’re on our way to achieving the goals I set for this team in the beginning of the season. I want the team to at least win six road games, they went out and accomplished one of those wins so far,” Mitts said. 

Wednesday, the Lions hosted Avila and beat the Eagles 64-34 thanks to double-digit scoring from four different Lions.

Southern now embarks on a five-game homestand that features the Pizza Hut/Fairfield Inn Classic. 

Also during this homestand, the Lions will play host to the Truman State University Bulldogs for both teams’ first conference game of the season.

“In order to become a top team in our conference as well as in the region we must handle business at home and win our home games,” Mitts said. 

She also said that the team is having consistent practices that should transition over to hard play and produce wins for the team. 

Mitts hopes that the positive momentum the team has at this point will propel the team to string together a couple wins.

“I can already see that this team is meshing together better than they were in their first home game of the season. They are playing better as a unit,” Mitts said.