JOPLIN — The Missouri Southern Lady Lions improved to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with a 90-73 win Thursday night over the Northwest Missouri Lady Bearcats at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, behind five players in double-digits.
Former Neosho High standout and Missouri Southern junior Chelsey Henry scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win. Henry made 10 of 18 shots from the field, 3-4 from 3-point line, and 4-4 at the stripe. All six of her rebounds were on the offensive glass. Henry’s stat line did not include assists, blocked shots, or steals, but just one personal foul in 32 minutes.
Henry’s former Central Ozark Conference Large rival at Webb City, fellow junior Desirea Buerge finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 26 minutes. Buerge shot 9-9 from the stripe and both Henry and Buerge rank among MIAA leaders in scoring average and free throw percentage, the latter number having a positive impact on the former.
Dru Clark had 11 points, three rebounds, and five assists. Jasmine Green had 12 points and five rebounds. Jenson Maydew had 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and four blocks.
Jaelyn Haggard and Tanya Meyer had 21 and 20 points, respectively. Meyer tallied eight rebounds and two assists, while Haggard had three assists and one steal.
Northwest Missouri dropped to 1-12 overall and 0-5 MIAA.
The Missouri Southern men handed unbeaten, No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Northwest Missouri a 83-77 defeat on Thursday, and the Bearcats are 47-2 over their last 49 games with their only losses coming against Missouri Southern.
C.J. Carr finished with 27 points, his night highlighted by 10 of 12 shooting from the stripe. Elyjah Clark came through with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four 3-point shots. Kinder Lambert added eight points, six rebounds, and three blocks. L.J. Ross put together eight points and five rebounds. Christian Bundy, a former standout at COC Large stalwart Nixa, had nine points.
In a game of wild extremes, Missouri Southern trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and then led by as many as 10 in the second half.
Nearly 2,000 fans were in attendance for the men’s contest. The Lions improved to 8-6 overall and 3-2 MIAA entering their Saturday contest against Missouri Western.