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MSSU men open MIAA tournament play Tuesday at Fort Hays

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Hays, Kan. - The Missouri Southern Lions open the MIAA Post-Season Tournament at the sixth seeded Fort Hays State Tigers Tuesday evening at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Game Information
 Tuesday February 28, 2017
Tip-Off: 7:00 pm
Location: Hays, Kan.
Site: Gross Memorial Coliseum
Series Record: FHSU leads, 28-18
Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: 
ESPN Joplin/Lions Sports Network
Internet Audio: mssulions.com
Webcast: portal.stretchinternet.com/mssu/
Live Stats: sidearmstats.com/fhsu/wbball
The Series
Fort Hays State holds a 28-18 advantage over the Lions in the series history. Southern snapped a five game losing streak to the Tigers this season with a 75-64 win over then 25th ranked FHSU in Joplin on December 1. Fort Hays State holds the advantage in Hays, Kan. over the Lions at 18-4, with the Lions last win in Hays coming on Feb. 19, 2011 (62-53). Missouri Southern holds a 14-8 advantage over the Tigers in Joplin. FHSU has a 2-0 advantage on neutral sites with both meetings coming in the MIAA Post-Season Tournament, 2014 and 2016. The longest winning streak for FHSU is five, (March 6, 2014-March 3, 2016). Southern's longest winning streak is three (Feb. 20, 2010 - Feb. 19, 2011).

The Coaches
Missouri Southern
Ronnie Ressel
 was named the interim head women's basketball coach on March 22, 2016 after serving three years as an assistant with the women's program. Ressel is entering his 15th season as part of the athletic department at Missouri Southern, serving as an assistant with both the men's and women's programs. A 1992 graduate of Missouri Southern, he returned to his alma mater for the 2002-03 campaign after spending ten years at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill. During his three years as an assistant for the women, Ressel had helped the team to a 57-27 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.

Fort Hays State
Tony Hobson
 enters his ninth season as head coach of the Fort Hays State women's basketball program in 2016-17. Hobson is one of the most successful collegiate women's basketball coaches in the nation, entering his 25th year overall with a career record of 570-183 (.757). He ranks in the top 10 in win percentage among active coaches in NCAA Division II with a four-year college win percentage of .759 (368-117). In eight seasons at Fort Hays State, Hobson has a record of 157-77.

Possible Starters
Missouri Southern (12-16)
No. Name Pos.
 HtYr. PPG RPG Assists Steals Hometown
11 Jasmine Green G 5-6 Jr. 7.0 2.4 45 20 Katy, Texas
14 Bri Shavers-McNeace F 6-0 Jr. 3.6 2.8 11 7 Chicago, Ill.
15 Chelsey Henry G 5-10 So. 10.4 3.6 37 23 Neosho, Mo.
21 Desirea Buerge F 6-0 So. 12.7 6.3 15 37 Webb City, Mo.
23 Amelia Bramer G 5-10 R-Sr. 4.8 1.8 51 23 Mt. Vernon, Mo.
Fort Hays State (21-7)
No. Name Pos.
 HtYr. PPG RPG Assists Steals Hometown
4 Nikola Kacperska G 5-6 Sr. 9.1 2.7 80 47 Tuszyn, Poland
13 Carly Heim G 5-7 So. 7.9 2.9 41 31 Hoxie, Kan.
23 Kacey Kennett G 6-0 Fr. 8.8 3.9 24 22 Olathe, Kan.
24 Tatyana Legette F 5-10 So. 9.9 7.8 31 31 Topeka, Kan.
32 Jill Faxon G 5-10 Sr. 11.1 5.0 25 38 Beatrice, Neb.

Quick Notes
Dialing Long Distance
The Lions have made a three pointer in 494 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 474 straight games without allowing 100+ points.
Leading At The Half
The Lions led the game at the half in 13 of 28 games this season and are 10-3 in those games.
Sharp Shooting
Southern is 9-0 when out shooting their opponents this season.
Glass Cleaners
The Lions, as a team has out rebounded 13 of their 28 opponents this season and are 8-6 in those contests.
Friendly Confines of LPAC
Southern is 160-65 inside The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center since the 2001-02 season.
Picking Pockets
When the Lions have more steals than their opponents they are 7-7 this season.
Supporting cast
Southern's bench has outscored their opponents 16 times this season and the Lions are 9-7 in those contests.

MSSU's Elyjah Clark named MIAA Freshman of the Year

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball program was well-represented today as the MIAA announced its All-Conference Teams and End of the Year Awards.

Elyjah Clark was named the MIAA's Freshman of the Year today as the Edmond, Okla. native becomes the sixth Lion in the history of the program to earn that honor, joining Carlos Newberry (96-97), Carlos Escalera (99-00), Skyler Bowlin (07-08), Jason Adams (08-09), and Marquis Addison (10-11).

Clark was the highest-scoring freshman this year in the MIAA as he finished the regular season averaging 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds, starting in all 28 games the Lions played this season. This year, he led the MIAA in three point attempts and three pointers made, while ranking second in three pointers per game. Clark ranks 33rd and 35th nationally in three point attempts and makes, respectively.

CJ Carr was a second-team selection for the Lions after leading the team in scoring from start to finish. Carr averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while starting in every game and averaging 36 minutes per contest. Carr put himself in the Southern record books this season as he set a new MSSU single-game record with 16 assists against Pittsburg State on Feb. 4. He also became the second-highest single game scorer in the history of the program as he scored 47 points in a double-overtime win over Minnesota State earlier this season. Carr finished the regular-season sixth in the MIAA in scoring.

Carr leads the MIAA in assists per game, steals per game, total assists, total field goal attempts, total minutes and total steals this year, while ranking third in minutes per game. He is 17th in Division II total field goal attempts, while ranking 19th in both total steals and total assists. He ranks 23rd nationally in assists per game, while ranking 26th in total minutes and 31st in steals per game.

Also earning accolades were seniors Lawrence Brown and JJ Cratit. The pair both were named honorable mention All-MIAA, as was Clark. Brown is second in the MIAA in offensive rebounds per game, while ranking third in total rebounds and rebounds per game. He averaged 9.3 points and 7.9 rebounds this season. Cratit was second on the team in scoring this year with 14.6 points per game. He averaged 3.4 rebounds per game and added in 12 blocks on the season and ranked ninth in the MIAA in scoring this season.

Northwest Missouri's Justin Pitts repeated as the MIAA Player of the Year as did Washburn's Brady Skeens as the Defensive Player of the Year. Ben McCollum was the Coach of the Year.

The Lions will be in action on Friday evening in the second-round of the 2017 MIAA Tournament in Kansas City at Municipal Auditorium. Southern will play the winner of the Fort Hays State - Northeastern State game taking place tonight in Hays.

Player of the Year
Justin Pitts, G, Jr., NWMSU

Defensive Player of the Year
Brady Skeens, F, Jr., WU

Freshman of the Year
Elyjah Clark, F, Fr., MSSU

Coach of the Year
Ben McCollum, NWMSU

All-MIAA First Team
Justin Pitts, G, Jr., NWMSU**[r3]
Rob Davis, G, Jr., FHSU[r2]
Anthony Virdure, G, Sr., LU
Brandy Skeens, F, Jr., WU
Trey Lansman, C, Jr., UNK
**Unanimous Selection
[r2] Two time repeat First Team Selection
[r3] Three time repeat First Team Selection

All-MIAA Second Team
Spencer Reaves, G, Jr., UCM
CJ Carr, G, Jr., MSSU
Zach Schneider, F, Sr., NWMSU
Chandler Diekvoss, F, So., LWU
Corbin Byford, F, Sr., UCO

All-MIAA Third Team
Jaylon Smith, G, Sr., LU
Chris Ebou-Ndow, G, Jr., NWMSU
Brandon Hall, G, So., ESU
Kyle Wolfe, F, Sr., UCM
Logan Hovey, F, Jr., SBU

All-Defensive Team
Brady Skeens, F, Jr., WU
Marquiez Lawrence, F, Sr., UCM
JaQuan Smith, F, Sr, FHSU
Bakari Triggs, G, Jr., LWU
Chris Ebou-Ndow, G, Jr., NWMSU

Honorable Mention All-MIAA
Marquiez Lawrence, UCM
Jake Hammond, UCO
Josh Holiday, UCO
Josh Pederson, ESU
JaQuan Smith, FHSU
Hadley Gillium, FHSU
Jackson Price, LWU
Elyjah Clark, MSSU
JJ Cratit, MSSU
Lawrence Brown, MSSU
Cole Clearman, MWSU
Yashua Trent, UNK
Isaiah MaKay, UNK
Ty Daneilson, UNK
Montre Williams, NSU
Anthony Woods, NWMSU
DeVonte Mosby, NWMSU
Javion Blake, WU
Brian Patterson, SBU

Crowder basketball to play host to first round Region 16 Tournament game

(From Crowder College)

The Crowder College Roughrider Basketball team will host a first round game in the Region 16 tournament Tuesday, February 28, at 7pm vs. Jefferson College.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students applies to all attendees since this is a Region Tournament. The Crowder Foundation has graciously agreed to cover the cost for all students in attendance.

MSSU women's track takes third at MIAA Indoor Championship

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern women's track and field team picked up three All-MIAA performances and two event winners as the team placed third overall in the final day of the 2017 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Emily Harris picked up a win in the mile, while Emily Presley continued her dominance in the pole vault winning the event. Harris wins her fifth overall MIAA Title, third in the indoor mile, with titles as well in the outdoor 1,500 and indoor 3k to her credit. She finished the race in a time of 5:03.86.

Presley won the pole vault in an NCAA Automatic Qualifying height of 13-05.0. It is her sixth-straight meet with an AQ in the pole vault and is her first MIAA Title in the event. Samantha Donnell and Mylene Loridan both finished tenth in the pole vault with heights of 11-07.25.

Other All-MIAA performances included Morgan Smith with a third-place finish in the 60m hurdles. Smith also finished fifth in the 200m with a provisional time of 25.41, while Destiny Akannam was seventh in the event with a time of 25.54. Akannam was eighth in the finals of the 400m in a time of 58.30.

Kelsey Evans and Rachel Ray placed 13th and 15th, respectively in the 600y run, while Christian Provence (6th) and Cynthia Torres (7th) earned points for the team in the 3k. Sierra Wells, Sierra Gray and Harris placed 13th, 15th and 16th, respectively in the event.

The 4x400m relay team of Smith, Akannam, Kristen Koch and Allie Heckemeyer placed seventh in a time of 4:01.44, while Heckemeyer was sixth in the long jump with Tiffany Gilford placing 20th. In their first appearance with the track and field team this season Desirea Buerge placed fourth in the shot put with a provisional distance of 45-04.50, while Jenson Maydew was 15th.

The Lions will now wait to see what marks have qualified athletes for the Division II National Championships held in Birmingham, Ala. on March 10 and 11.