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College Sports

February 13, 2013

Inside the MIAA

Ben Johnson's look into Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association basketball.


On the skids

Lindenwood: Perhaps it’s a good thing that Lindenwood is not eligible for the league tournament, because the Lady Lions would likely one and done. Lindenwood has lost eight straight games, and its two losses last week were by an average of 34 a game.


Kudos for Keuna: Central Missouri’s Keuna Flax was named this week’s women’s basketball Athlete of the Week. Last week, the 5-foot-11 junior forward averaged 25 points a game to lead the Jennies to wins over Central Oklahoma and Missouri Southern.

Well represented: The MIAA continued its stranglehold on top-10 spots in the top 25 this week. Of the top seven spots, the MIAA currently owns two with Washburn at No. 6 and Central Missouri at seventh. Truman, which fell out of the top 25, Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State and Northeastern State are also all receiving votes for the top 25.

Local flavor: Green Country is being well represented in the MIAA — and Northeastern State doesn’t even count. At Pittsburg State, former Bixby standout Y’Cedria Devers is averaging 3.5 points a game. She has also led the Gorillas in rebounding four times this season, including Saturday’s win over Southwest Baptist when she had seven.

Men: Lindenwood at Central Missouri, Wednesday

A rematch of Lindenwood’s 83-82 win over the Mules on Feb. 2. Central Missouri needs to win to stay even with Fort Hays State.

Women: Northeastern State at Pittsburg State, Saturday

Could end up being a big swing game in the standings. Could also decide who gets a bye come league tournament time.

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