The Crowder College Lady Roughriders won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game winning streak in November, defeating Arkansas Baptist 90-73 Wednesday night at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

The Crowder College Lady Roughriders won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game winning streak in November, defeating Arkansas Baptist 90-73 Wednesday night at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Crowder, now 14-11 on the season, won for the fourth straight time at Sneller Gymnasium and improved to 8-3 overall this season on their home floor.
After the Lady Buffs scored the first four points of the game, Crowder never trailed after Kadesha Cooper’s trifecta put the Lady ‘Riders ahead 7-4. By the end of the first, Crowder led 29-15 and they led by double-digits the rest of the contest.
“I thought we had a good first quarter,” Crowder head coach Tina Robbins said. “The second quarter, I didn’t think we played as well. We talked about not playing to the scoreboard and I felt like we did that. We didn’t score our first four possessions of the second quarter and we didn’t score our last three possessions of the second quarter, so we weren’t pleased with how we started and finished that quarter. We had seven turnovers in that second quarter.
“We talked at halftime about coming out, it’s 0-0. Win the first four minutes and set the tone. I thought we did a good job. They made some runs at us, then we got our composure and answered those runs. I thought we got strong play from everybody tonight.”
The Lady ‘Riders scored at least 22 points in three of the four quarters — 22 in the third and 25 in the fourth in addition to 29 in the first — and only slowed down during a 14-point second quarter.
Baylee Tanner paced all scorers with 25 points, 16 of which she netted in the second half. No. 10 scored 10 in the third quarter alone and she reached 25 on back-to-back old-fashioned three-point plays early in the fourth. Her second, on which she fouled out Arkansas Baptist’s Emani Hamilton, gave the Lady ‘Riders a 73-52 lead with 7 minutes, 3 seconds remaining. Tanner left the game herself after her made free throw; she came down awkwardly during a collision with Hamilton.
Cooper netted 20 points, giving Crowder both 20-point scorers in the contest. No. 32 hit three 3-point shots, including her first early that gave Crowder the lead for good.
Miranda Linton and Roana Paterson gave Crowder four double figure scorers with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Linton scored nine points in the second half and Paterson netted eight in the first half. Paterson, in fact, scored her final points of the night on the first points of the second half. Brooke Sagely added six points.
While the Lady ‘Riders have won eight games at home, they’ve struggled mightily during road games, winning only two of their first nine away games.
That’s bad news for the Lady ‘Riders, since they play Region 16 leader Mineral Area on the road Saturday.
The Lady ‘Riders hope their momentum from their home wins carries into Saturday.
“We had a big win (81-63) Saturday against a really good Iowa Western team,” Robbins said, “and then a good win today. This is our first back-to-back wins in a long while. We go back on the road Saturday against a good Mineral Area team, who’s at the top of our region. That will be a good test for us. We played them close at our place, but they pulled away at the end.
“Hopefully, we can build off these two wins that we had here and pick up a road win. I think that after the way we played on Saturday, the kids have regained some confidence in themselves and believe they can compete with anybody.
“It’s a matter of stepping out and doing it on a nightly basis for 40 minutes. On the road, we’ve gone on occasion where we’ve played 20 or 30 minutes but not a complete 40. We’re trying to figure out how to get our focus when we come out on the road. Our last road game at Moberly, we didn’t come out ready to play. We had a horrible first half. We were down 16-4 at the quarter, 35-17 at halftime with 16 turnovers. Figuring out to how play focused on the road will be a big key for us.”
Mineral Area, ranked No. 24 in NJCAA Division I, improved to 17-5 overall and 6-1 in Region 16 with a 80-55 win Wednesday over Jefferson College.
In the season’s earlier matchup at Sneller Gymnasium between Crowder and Mineral Area, the Lady Cardinals won 79-70, benefiting from a 21-9 second quarter after the Lady ‘Riders led 24-20 after one.
Four Crowder players scored in double figures — Cooper 15 points, Alissa and Amanda Rowden 12 each and Tanner 11 — and Alissa Rowden dished out eight assists and made all seven of her free throws. The Lady ‘Riders enjoyed a 13-point advantage in made free throws.
Hayley Winter scored a game-high 22 points for Mineral Area, sparked by her four 3-point shots. Kourtney Kekec added 17 points and Janekia Mason proved tough all the way around on the inside, with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots in 31 minutes. Mackenzie Jones scored no points, but dished out seven assists and came up with two steals and a block.

Arkansas Baptist     15 11 20 27 — 73
Crowder                     29 14 22 25 — 90
ARKANSAS BAPTIST — Jaliyah Beard 2, Erin Meeks 9, April Phelix 14, Destinee Smith 5, Jerika Isom 4, Emani Hamilton 17, Kalela Miller 18, Makayla Shelton 4.
CROWDER — Yazmin Batch 0, Roana Paterson 10, Baylee Tanner 25, Thalita Valerio 4, Cori Williams 5, Alissa Rowden 3, Brooke Sagely 6, Jamila Parker 3, Kadesha Cooper 20, Miranda Linton 14.

MSSU splits with Emporia State
EMPORIA, Kan. — The Missouri Southern men won 102-97 in overtime and the Southern women lost 71-61 against Emporia State at White Auditorium.
The Lions received a game-high 31 points from Taevaunn Prince and a season-high 26 points from senior sharpshooter Austin Wright.
Prince, who made 10 of 15 shots from the field and 11-15 from the line, added 14 rebounds and seven assists, and his 11 free throws Wednesday night increased his seasonal total to 213 and he needs 40 for a new Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association single-season record.
Wright buried six 3-point shots on the night, earning him 243 for his career. Taylor Luster had 11 points and five assists in the win.
Emporia State was led by Terrence Moore’s 25 points.
The Lions improved to 13-9 overall and 10-6 MIAA.
Emporia State won the odd-numbered quarters — 20-13 first and 21-13 third — to dispatch of the Lady Lions.
Sharese Jones scored 21 points and Deb Holcomb added 14 in the losing effort.
The Lady Lions dropped to 14-8 overall and 8-8 MIAA.

Pittsburg State sweeps Washburn
TOPEKA, Kan. — In a place that has been a house of horrors in the past for the Pittsburg State women, the Gorillas defeated Washburn 88-57 Wednesday night at Lee Arena behind a school-record 21 3-point shots, yes, 21 3-point shots.
Former Webb City standout and Pitt State sophomore Mikaela Burgess scored 32 points behind nine 3-point shots. Burgess joined Jenni Miller as the only Gorillas to hit nine threes in a game. Miller owns the school record with 11 against Truman State on January 28, 1995.
Cathy Brugman and Shelby Lopez each contributed 12 points for the Gorillas.
Pitt State improved to 18-4 overall and 12-4 MIAA.
The Gorillas won the men’s contest 82-71 and snapped eight-game losing streak of their own at Lee Arena.
Josiah Gustafson scored 27 points, behind five 3-point shots, and his 1,069 career points in 80 career games earned him a spot in the school’s top 20 career scoring list at No. 17.
Dakota Jones added 15 points, while Trey Starks and Denton Hays added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Gorillas, who improved to 12-10 overall and 7-9 MIAA.