Tahlequah Daily Press

January 22, 2014

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look at basketball in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Basketball standings

Team    Conf. Ovr

Men    W-L    W-L

NW Missouri St.    8-1    13-5

Mo. Southern    7-1    13-2

Fort Hays St.    6-3    14-3

Central Mo.    6-3    14-4

Northeastern St. 5-3    11-5

Washburn    5-3    12-3

Emporia State    5-3    12-6

Central Okla.    5-4    11-5

Lindenwood    3-5    8-10

Mo. Western    3-6    8-9

Pittsburg St.    2-5    6-8    

Neb. Kearney    2-7    5-10

SW Baptist    1-7    8-9    

Lincoln    0-8    2-14



Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L

Emporia St.    8-0    17-0

Central Mo.    8-1    14-2

Mo. Southern    6-2    12-3

Fort Hays St.    6-3    12-3

Washburn    5-3    10-5

Pittsburg St.    4-3    11-6

Central Okla.    5-4    10-6

Northeastern St.    5-4    8-8

Lindenwood    3-5    8-7

Neb. Kearney    3-6    6-9

SW Baptist    2-6    7-8

Mo. Western    2-7    6-9

NW Missouri St.    2-7    5-11

Lincoln    0-8    3-12



Scoreboard / schedule

Men

Jan. 13

Northwest Missouri State 85, Northeastern State 65

Jan. 15

Central Missouri 81, Missouri Western 63

Emporia State 83, Pittsburg State 75

Missouri Southern 70, Lindenwood 50

Jan. 16

Northeastern State 90, Nebraska Kearney 85

NW Missouri St. 104, SW Baptist 69

Fort Hays St. 101, Central Okla. 97

Jan. 18

Fort Hays State 79, Northeastern St. 65

Mo. Southern 76, Lincoln 63

Central Okla. 96, Neb. Kearney 82

NW Missouri St. 80, Central Mo. 68

Washburn 83, Pittsburg St. 80

Mo. Western 89, SW Baptist 84



Women

Jan. 13

NW Missouri St. 57, Northeastern St. 51

Jan. 15

Central Mo. 71, Mo. Western 65

Emporia St. 80, Pitt State 78

Mo. Southern 72, Lindenwood 61

Jan. 16

Northeastern St. 64, Neb. Kearney 61

SW Baptist 84, NW Missouri St. 72

Fort Hays State 64, Central Okla. 38

Jan. 18

Northeastern St. 49, Fort Hays State 48

Mo. Southern 86, Lincoln 62

Central Mo. 67, NW Missouri St. 62

Central Okla. 82, Neb. Kearney 70

Washburn 70, Pitt State 60

Mo. Western 73, SW Baptist 63



This week

Jan. 21

Mo. Valley College at Mo. Western (women only)

Jan. 22

SW Baptist at Lindenwood

Emporia State at Northeastern St.

Central Mo. at Lincoln

Neb. Kearney at Pitt State

Mo. Southern at NW Missouri St.

Jan. 23

S.D. School of Mines at Fort Hays State

Central Okla. at Washburn

Jan. 24

S.D. School of Mines at Neb. Kearney

Jan. 25

Mo. Western at Mo. Southern

Lindenwood at Central Mo.

Northeastern St. at Washburn

Fort Hays State at Pitt State

Lincoln at SW Baptist

Jan. 26

Central Okla. at Emporia St.



Men

Ahead of the pack

Northwest Missouri State:
The Bearcats are just toying with other conference opponents now. Since playing a “close” game against Washburn on Jan. 11, the Bearcats have demolished Northeastern State, Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri — all in a one week’s span. During Northwest Missouri State’s five-game winning streak, DeShaun Cooper and Conner Crooker are averaging a combined 32.6 points per game.

Up and coming

Fort Hays State:
Craig Nicholson is kicking it into high gear for the Tigers, and the results are there to prove it. Fort Hays State has won six straight games as Nicholson continues to be the league’s premier assisting machine. The sophomore guard is posting six assists a game during that span, while also posting three 20-points-plus games and seven-rebounds-plus contests.

On the skids

Southwest Baptist:
The Bearcats’ lead as the league’s highest-scoring outfit is dwindling and the results provided plenty of proof. During Southwest Baptist’s six-game losing skid, the Bearcats have gone from averaging close to 90 points a game to only 75.8 points a game.

Notes:

- Nicholson nabs weekly honor:
In wins against Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma last week, Nicholson averaged 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds a game. He was also 50 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Wichita, Kan., native is now second in the nation at 8.4 assists per game.

- Lions on lockdown: Missouri Southern is leading the MIAA in scoring defense at 68.5 points allowed per game. In its last three games against Northeastern State, Lindenwood and Lincoln, the Lions held opponents to 65, 50 and 63 points, respectively.

- Lincoln in last: The Blue Tigers offer up a bad combination in the league: they’re last in the league in scoring offense (76.8 points per game) while also giving up the most points per game (87.6).



Women

Ahead of the pack

Emporia State:
Only one other team in the nation has as many wins (16) as No. 3 Emporia State and that’s Gannon at No. 2. With an 11-0 mark at home this season, the Hornets are getting to venture out on the road for four of their next five games.

Up and coming

Missouri Southern: While wins against Lindenwood and Lincoln may not be attention-grabbers, the Lions are proving that they’re hard to beat at home. Missouri Southern is 9-0 at home.

On the skids

Lindenwood: At one point, the Lions were 3-1 in league play. Now, Lindenwood sits at 3-5 in the MIAA while starting up at eight teams in the conference standings.

Notes:

- Lehman lands accolade:
Eighteen- and 19-point efforts against Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State landed Fort Hays State’s Kate Lehman the honor of the MIAA’s women’s basketball Athlete of the Week. Lehman blocked at least three shots in both games and grabbed 12 rebounds at Central Oklahoma.

Games of the week

Men: Mo. Southern at NW Missouri State


Either the Northwest Missouri State strengthens its stronghold on the conference, or Missouri Southern takes over atop the standings while making it a wide-open race for the regular-season crown.

Women: Fort Hays State at Pitt State

Games like this could decide who gets first-round byes in the postseason conference tournament.