Sunday, December 19, 2010

SBU women drop close one to Missouri Southern

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Four Bearcats finished in double figures, but the Missouri Southern Lions held off a late SBU comeback to win, 69-66.

SBU chipped away at MSSU's 11-point second half lead, cutting the lead to two with less than 30 seconds on the clock. The late-game attempt to send the game into overtime fell short, however, as the Bearcats couldn't get over the hump.

The Bearcats jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, after Lakendra Smith and Whitney Malone both hit shots in the opening minute. SBU held the lead for much of the early portions of the first half, until a pair of free throws from MSSU's Jasmine Lovejoy gave the Lions a 11-10 lead around the 11-minute mark of the opening half. Missouri Southern would go on to lead the rest of the way.

SBU sophomore Kourtni Williams led the 'Cats with 16 points, tying her career high, which she posted against Nebraska-Omaha in February of last season. Ashleigh Gallio scored 15 points for the second straight game, reaching double-digits for the fifth game this season.

Senior forward Whitney Malone scored a career-high 11 points, and nearly had a double-double, bringing down eight rebounds. LaKendra Smith scored 10 points, the first time the junior from Mesquite, Texas reached double-figures siince her 19-point performance against Missouri Baptist.

With the loss, SBU falls to 4-5 overall, and 1-4 in the MIAA. The Bearcats will be off for Christmas break, and pick back up with a trip to the defending national champion Emporia State Hornets on New Year's Day.

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