Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MSU women prepare for weekend home games against Illinois State, Bradley

(From Missouri State University Athletics)

Missouri State carries a three-game winning streak into a pair of Missouri Valley Conference home games this weekend at JQH Arena. 
    The Lady Bears (7-9, 3-2) moved up to fourth in the league stands after a pair of dominating road victories at Evansville and Southern Illinois, and welcome Illinois State (4-12, 1-4) to JQH Arena at 7 p.m. Friday before hosting Bradley (5-11, 1-4) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    Several promotions are in place at The Q this weekend, beginning with recognition of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 at halftime on Friday. The Illinois State game is also being billed as a "Black Out", with free black t-shirts available while supplies last.
    Sunday is Alumni Day, with a special halftime recognition of the 1992 Final Four team planned.

Series Histories
Missouri State leads Illinois State 39-31 in the all-time series and has won nine of the last 12 meetings. The Lady Bears own a 22-12 series lead in Springfield.
    MSU is 51-23 all-time against Bradley, with 30-9 mark in Springfield. Missouri State has won the last seven meetings, including rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit last season in JQH Arena.

Scouting Illinois State
Illinois State is 4-12 overall and 1-4 in MVC play, with its league victory coming against Bradley. Taylor Stewart leads the Redbirds with 11.7 points per game and Brechelle Beachum chips 11.1 per contest. As a team, ISU scores 55.4 points per outing and allows 70.7 while shooting 32.9 percent overall, 26.1 percent from distance and 69.8 percent from the foul line.

Scouting Bradley
Bradley is 5-11 overall and 1-4 in MVC games. Four Braves average at least 9.3 points per game for a balanced offense that averages 62.1 points. Bradley allows 69 points per contest and shoots 37.3 percent overall, 29.6 percent on 3-pointers and 67.5 percent from the free throw line.

Johnson, Miller lead Missouri State to 73-68 win over Indiana State

(From Missouri State University Athletics)

Career performances by Missouri State's Alize Johnson and Dequon Miller helped the Bears tally an impressive 73-68 wire-to-wire road victory over Indiana State here Wednesday in Missouri Valley Conference action.

Johnson scored 26 points and snagged a career-best 20 rebounds, while Miller posted a career-high 24 points for the Bears (13-7, 4-3 MVC), who converted 12-of-13 free throws down the stretch.

Johnson's 20 rebounds were the most by any Missouri State player since 1990 and matched a program high during its Division I era.

Indiana State (7-12, 1-6 MVC) never led, and got 27 points from Brenton Scott along with a team-high 8 rebounds as the Sycamores fell to 5-4 at Hulman Center this winter.

Johnson helped spark an impressive start for MSU, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to boost the visitors to a 39-26 advantage at the midway point. He knocked down three 3-pointers before the first media timeout and helped squelch an 8-0 run by the Sycamores late in the first half, igniting an 11-3 counter-attack by the Bears before the intermission with a dazzling layup at the four-minute mark.

In the second half, MSU pushed ahead to their biggest lead of the night, 43-29, on a reverse layup by Obediah Church less than four minutes into the second stanza.

The Sycamores responded with a 15-6 run over the next five minutes to get within 49-44 at the 11:37 mark. Scott accounted for 10 points during the run with a pair of long-range bombs for the home side. But Johnson came out of the 7:55 media timeout with a clutch 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to give the Bears some breathing room, making it 53-46 at the time and end a six-minute Bears' drought without a field goal.

A jumper by Jarrid Rhodes gave the Bears an eight-point advantage with 5:27 to go, and near the four-minute mark, Miller buried a clutch triple to end a 5-0 microburst by Indiana State and give the visitors a 60-54 advantage.

The clutch buckets continued down the stretch for Missouri State, which matched its season win total from a year ago. Senior Tyler McCullough scored up close on a dish from Johnson before the two-minute mark that made it a 64-58 Bears lead.

From there, Missouri State made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 64 seconds – including 4-of-4 by Rhodes – and overcame two late treys by the Sycamores in that span to secure the win. In a key stretch during the final 11 minutes and change, the Bears converted 12-of-13 attempts from the stripe.

Overall, Missouri State finished 17-for-22 (.773) from the foul line to post its second-highest free throw percentage of the league slate. The Bears also connected on eight 3-pointers, including four by Johnson and three by Miller. Paced by Johnson, MSU continued its streak of Valley rebounding dominance with a 44-33 edge on the glass.

MSU picked up its third road win of the season and improved to 2-2 in conference games away from JQH Arena. The Bears also swept the regular-season series against Indiana State for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The teams had split the regular-season series each of the last seven seasons.

Indiana State converted 40 percent from the field with eight treys and 8-of-12 (.667) free throws to go with eight turnovers.

The last Bear to secure 20 rebounds in a game was Lee Campbell against Cleveland State on Jan. 22, 1990 at Hammons Student Center. Campbell snagged 20 boards twice in his career, which until Johnson's performance against Indiana State on Wednesday, was the only time during MSU's Division I era (1982-83 to present) a Bear has reached the 20-carom milestone.

The Bears will enter the weekend tied for third place in the MVC standings and return to JQH Arena on Saturday to battle Bradley at 2 p.m. on Hall of Fame weekend.

Tickets for the Bradley game may be purchased at the Old Missouri Bank Box Office or by phone at (417) 836-7678. Regular-priced tickets are also available anytime at MissouriStateBears.com with a special Springfield Cardinals $5 ticket special available exclusively at the box office.

Emporia State upsets Pittsburg State women 77-67

(From Pittsburg State University Athletics)

The No. 3 Pittsburg State women's basketball team fell to No. 9 Emporia State, 77-67, in White Auditorium. The Gorillas are now 16-2 overall and 8-1 in MIAA play.

Brenlee McPherson came off the bench to lead the Gorillas with 18 points, including 14 in the second half. Mikaela Burgess added 16, 12 in the second half. Paige Lungwitz and Hadyn Herlocker each added 11. Madison Northcutt led the team with eight rebounds.

Emporia State committed 21 turnovers in the game to just 15 for the Gorillas. Pitt State had 14 steals. The Gorillas were also successful in keeping Emporia State off the offensive glass, only allowing the Lady Hornets five offensive rebounds. The thorn for Pitt State was its free throw shooting, as the team made only 18 of 34 charity shots.

Everything seemed to go the Gorillas' way in the first quarter. The team used 12 Emporia State turnovers and six steals to build up a 17-7 lead at the end of the quarter. Pitt State was able to hold the Lady Hornets without a made shot from the floor from 8:51 to 2:50.

The tides started to turn late in the second quarter. Emporia State used an 8-0 to come within two, 25-23, with 2:43 to go in the first half. The lead got down to one, but Pitt State did not surrender it, taking a tenuous 31-29 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Lady Hornets started the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 37-31 lead. Pitt State was able to cut the lead to four several times, but was never able to overcome that initial run.

Pitt State will travel to Washburn for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 21) at Lee Arena in Topeka.

Emporia State rallies from 11-point deficit to beat PSU men 58-51

(From Pittsburg State University Athletics)

EMPORIA, Kan. – The Pittsburg State University men's basketball team led by as many as 11 points in the first half but Emporia State University rallied for a 58-51 victory Wednesday (Jan. 18) at William L. White Auditorium.

The Gorillas (3-14, 1-8 MIAA) led 25-14 on a 3-pointer by Jaxon Holden with 6:11 to play in the first half but the Hornets (9-8, 5-3 MIAA) held Pitt State scoreless for 8:22 of game clock to get back into the game. ESU outscored the Gorillas 9-0 before a Holden dunk gave Pitt State a 27-23 lead with 17:44 remaining in the second half.

The Gorillas still led 39-35 with 10:45 to play in the game, but the Hornets countered with another 9-0 run to go up 44-39 on Tyler Jordan's dunk with 8:10 to go.

Pitt State closed within one point of ESU three times down the stretch, but the Gorillas could not catch the Hornets down the stretch. ESU scored nine of the game's final 12 points over the final 4:58.

Josh Pedersen scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Hornets, who overcame a six for 24 (25%) shooting slump in the first half. ESU made 15 of 31 second-half attempts.

Elijah Gaines paced the Gorillas with 12 points, while Holden added 10. R.J. Pair also finished with nine points for Pitt State.

The Gorillas will return to action Saturday (Jan. 21) when they travel to Topeka to face MIAA rival Washburn University at 7 p.m. (CST).

Missouri Southern women's basketball to play at Washburn Wednesday

(From MSSU Lions News)

The Missouri Southern Women's Basketball heads to Topeka, Kansas for a Thursday night MIAA matchup with the Ichabods of Washburn University.

Game Information
Date: Thursday January 19, 2017
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Topeka, Kan.
Site: Schendel Court at Lee Arena
Series Record: WU leads, 46-28

Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: 
ESPN Joplin/Lions Sports Network
Internet Audio: mssulions.com
Webcast: portal.stretchinternet.com/mssu/
Live Stats: sidearmstats.com/washburn/wbball

The Series
The Ichabods hold a 46-28 overall advantage over the Lions. The Lions are 17-19 in Joplin against Washburn and are 5-10 inside The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, while only being 11-27 in Topeka, Kan.  The Lions snapped a four game losing streak at Lee Arena on Dec. 6, 2015 as they upset then seventh-ranked Washburn 66-62, and followed that up with a win inside Lee Arena last season 73-67 to make it two in a row against the Ichabods. The longest winning streak for the Lions was six games from Jan. 27, 1978 thru Jan. 26, 1980. The Ichabods longest winning streak is at seven, from Jan. 30, 1987 thru Feb. 12, 1990. Southern has won three of the last four meetings against Washburn, with the lone Ichabod win coming in Joplin, 64-42, on Dec. 19, 2015.

The Coaches
Missouri Southern

Ronnie Ressel is in his 15th year on the staff at Missouri Southern and his first year at the helm of the women's program. During his three years as an assistant for the women, Ressel had helped the team to a 58-30 record and a 38-22 mark in the MIAA. In 2015-16 the team saw two players earn All-MIAA status as Sharese Jones was a first-team selection, while Deb Holcomb was a third-team pick.

Washburn
Ron McHenry
 will begin his 17th season at Washburn in 2016-17 looking to improve on his impressive resume and return the Ichabods to the top of the MIAA and region. McHenry, a national champion in 2004-05, has gone 389-108 (.782) in his first 16 years, all at Washburn since 2000-01. He's 226-76 (.748) in his career in MIAA games and 198-36 (.846) coaching in Lee Arena.  McHenry has won eight MIAA titles and seven MIAA tournament titles at Washburn. He's a four-time MIAA coach of the year and a two-time region coach of the year.
Possible Starters
Missouri Southern (10-7, 5-3 MIAA)
No. Name
 Pos. HtYr. PPG RPG Assists Steals Hometown
11 Jasmine Green G 5-6 Jr. 7.1 2.3 32 10 Katy, Texas
15 Chelsey Henry G 5-10 So. 10.4 4.0 22 14 Neosho, Mo.
21 Desirea Buerge F 6-0 So. 11.9 6.4 9 20 Webb City, Mo.
24 Deb Holcomb G 5-7 Sr. 17.2 3.2 36 24 Dallas, Texas
31 Jenson Maydew F 5-11 Jr. 8.2 5.9 22 8 Pratt, Kan.
Washburn (11-5, 4-3 MIAA)
No. Name
 Pos. HtYr. PPG RPG Assists Steals Hometown
3 Erin Dohnalek F 6-1 Sr. 8.3 4.3 29 14 Lee's Summit, Mo.
4 Erika Lane G 5-10 Sr. 10.2 4.9 51 21 Topeka, Kan.
10 Reagan Phelan G 5-6 Fr. 8.9 3.0 46 22 Holyrood, Kan.
15 Jharian Bowen G 5-11 Sr. 10.9 3.9 16 9 Wichita, Kan.
32 Alyxis Bowens F 6-2 Sr. 10.9 6.1 11 22 Derby, Kan.

Quick Notes
Dialing Long Distance
The Lions have made a three pointer in 483 consecutive games. The last time Southern did not make a shot from downtown was in a 68-53 loss to Southern Arkansas on Nov. 20, 1999.
Defensive Effort
The Lions have not allowed 100 points to an opponent since Emporia State defeated Southern 102-60 on Feb. 12, 2000. That is 463 straight games without allowing 100+ points.
Leading At The Half
The Lions led the game at the half in 9 of 17 games this season and are 8-1 in those games.
Sharp Shooting
Southern is 8-0 when out shooting their opponents this season.
Glass Cleaners
The Lions, as a team has out rebounded 9 of their 17 opponents this season and are 7-2 in those contests.
Friendly Confines of LPAC
Southern is 158-61 inside The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center since the 2001-02 season. 

Picking Pockets
When the Lions have more steals than their opponents they are 5-3 this season.
Supporting cast
Southern's bench  has outscored their opponents 10 times this season and the Lions are 8-2 in those contests.

MSSU men look to stop four-game slide at Washburn

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's basketball program will go back on the road looking to stop a four-game slide as the Lions travel to Washburn Thursday evening. Tip off from Lee Arena is slated for 7:30 pm. 

Game Information

Teams:           Missouri Southern (10-7, 4-4 MIAA) at Washburn (12-4, 4-3 MIAA)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Topeka, Kan.
Site: Lee Arena (3,970)
Series Record: Washburn leads 47-30
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (48-30 overall/at MSSU).  Bob Chipman (800-347 overall/at Washburn)
Media Coverage

MSSU Radio: Mike McClure - Play by play - ESPN Joplin - 101.3, 103.5 FM, AM 1560; KXMS 88.7 FM
Internet Audio: www.mssulions.com
Live Video: www.mssulions.com
Live Stats: www.mssulions.com
Lions on Facebook:  Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball

The Series
Washburn holds a 47-30 lead in the series, but Southern has won 14 out of the last 18 games. The series is tied 17-17 in games played in Joplin and Washburn holds a 29-10 vs. MSSU in Topeka. The Lions lead 2-1, on neutral floors. The Lions have had few winning streaks in the series. The longest, five games, spanned the years of 2007-09. The Ichabods won 11-straight from February 1984 through February 1989. Missouri Southern's most convincing victory was 37 points, 110-73, in 2013-14. Washburn's largest victory margin was 38 points, 94-56, and came in the 88-89 season. 
NCAA Individual Stat Leaders
CJ Carr is 8th nationally in total steals, while ranking 20th in steals per game. He ranks 14th in total field goals attempted, while ranking 20th in steals per game and 25th in total assists. He ranks 30th in scoring, 41st in assists per game, 48th in free throw percentage and 44th in free throws made.   
NCAA Team Stat Leaders
Southern ranks 15th in free throw percentage, while ranking 31st in free throws made. The team ranks 43rd in offensive rebounds per game, 48th in three point attempts, 51st in turnover margin and 54th in scoring.    
MIAA Individual Leaders
Carr leads the MIAA in total steals, steals per game, and total assists, while ranking second in assists per game, free throws made, total field goal attempts and total points. He ranks third in scoring, total minutes and total field goals made. Elyjah Clark ranks third in three point attempts. 
MIAA Team Stat Leaders
The Lions lead the MIAA in scoring, offensive rebounds per game and free throw percentage. The team ranks second in three point attempts and total rebounds, while ranking third in free throws made, three points per game, total three pointers made, total steals, turnover margin and turnovers forced. 
Getting Offensive (About Boards)
The Lions lead the MIAA in offensive rebounds this year, averaging 13.1 offensive boards per game. That equates to 14.3 second-chance points a game.   
LJ's Night At The Boards
LJ Ross had a career-night against Nebraska-Kearney as the junior from Tulsa had 19 rebounds in the game against the Lopers, besting his previous career-high of 13 set earlier in the year against Minnesota State. 
High-Scoring Freshman
Elyjah Clark is third on the team in scoring this year with 13.6 points per game and he ranks 15th in the MIAA in that category. However, he is the top-scoring freshman in the entire MIAA.  
Give Me That Ball
The Lions rank third in the MIAA in turnover margin and in turnovers forced. Southern is forcing 15.8 turnovers per game this year, with a turnover margin of 2.8.
Three Point Streak
The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 129-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13. 
High Scoring Affair
The Lions scored the second-highest points of the season against Randall when they scored 105 points. The 37-point margin of victory is the most since the Lions defeated Avila by 41 points in the 13-14 season (108-67). 
Game of Firsts
Against Arkansas Tech, the Lions scored 90 plus points and lost for the first time this year and just the second time under Jeff Boschee. They also allowed 100 plus points at home for the first time since the 2009 season.
New Starting Five
For the first time in program history (since joining the NCAA), the Missouri Southern men's basketball program started five entirely new players to the roster the first two games to the season this year. All five players in the starting lineup did not play last year at MSSU.  
Keep Em Low
The Lions held Lindenwood to just 55 points which is a season-low for any MSSU opponent. The 55 points are the lowest allowed in a single-game for Southern since 48 in the 2014-15 season against Benedictine and the lowest against an MIAA opponent since 54 against Northeastern State on Jan. of 2015. 
New School Record
The Lions set a new school record with 42 attempted three pointers against Missouri S&T. The mark surpassed the 34 set last season against Washburn. 
Single-game High
CJ Carr scored 47 points earlier in the year against Minnesota State. That point total is the fourth-highest single-game total in the NCAA this year and the second-highest in MSSU single-game history. 
Bring Em On
The Lions have the 23rd-toughest schedule in Division II men's basketball this season and the toughest in the MIAA. The schedule ranks fourth-toughest in the Central Region and the closest MIAA team in toughest schedule is Fort Hays State at No. 40. 
As the Point Guard Goes
The point guard is usually referred to as the floor general and as CJ Carr goes, so do the Lions. In the Lions' ten wins this year, Carr is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 turnovers and 3.3 steals per game. In the six losses, Carr is averaging just 18.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 turnovers and 1.1 steals per game.  
Lions On The Radio 
The majority of the Lions games this season can be heard on the Missouri Southern Radio Network in Joplin. Partnering with ESPN Joplin, the Lions can be heard on 101.3 FM, 103.5 FM, 88.7 FM and AM 1560. 
Lions on TV
All Missouri Southern conference home games will be brought to you live this season courtesy of KGCS TV in Joplin. Fans can catch the action over the air live on Digital Channel 22 as well as on local cable systems. 
Up Next
The Lions will be back in action this Sunday as Southern travels to Emporia State. Tip off from White Auditorium is slated for 5 pm. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Missouri State to conduct memorial service for murdered freshman football player

(From Missouri State University Athletics)

Missouri State University will conduct a public memorial service on Sunday, January 29 to pay tribute to freshman student Richard Nelson who was shot and killed in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 14.

The service will take place in the Plaster Student Union Theater on the Springfield campus, starting at 1 p.m.

Nelson, 18, was a tailback on the MSU football team and redshirted during his first year with the Bears. He is a graduate of Chaparral High School in Las Vegas.