The Missouri Southern Lady Lions travel to Hays, Kansas for their Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play-in game tonight against Fort Hays State.

The Missouri Southern Lady Lions travel to Hays, Kansas for their Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play-in game tonight against Fort Hays State.
Missouri Southern (12-16, 7-12 MIAA) and Fort Hays (21-7, 12-7) tip at 7 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum with one team’s season coming to an end.
The winner advances to the MIAA quarterfinals against No. 3 seed Emporia State (24-4, 15-4).
Former Neosho High standout and Missouri Southern sophomore Chelsey Henry, who has taken on more of the offensive load since leading scorer Deb Holcomb’s been out with an injury, scored a team-high 17 points in the Lady Lions’ season finale, a 71-57 loss Thursday to Central Missouri, the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament.
Henry averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 rebounds over the 28-game regular season and she made 24 starts. She shot 40.4 percent (105 for 260) from the field, 30 percent (21-70) from 3-point range and 82.4 percent (61-74) from the stripe, the latter mark leading the Lady Lions this season. Henry totaled 37 assists, three blocked shots and 23 steals. Her numbers ranked among the best on the team in virtually every statistical category.
Henry scored a career-high 22 points in a December win over Lincoln and she nearly matched that with 21 points during a recent win against Northwest Missouri. She had her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds on the final day of 2016.
If she had enough attempts per game, Henry’s free throw percentage would place her in the top 10 of the MIAA. Henry hovered around the high 80s for the majority of the season.
Missouri Southern won its only previous meeting this season against Fort Hays, 75-64 to open MIAA play on the first day of December.
In 21 minutes of court time against the Lady Tigers, Henry scored eight points on 4-6 shooting from the field and her floor game produced five rebounds and three assists.
At that point in the season, Fort Hays was a perfect 6-0 and ranked 25th in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll.