Tahlequah Daily Press

January 29, 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.    9-1    14-5

Mo. Southern    8-2    14-3

Central Mo.    8-3    16-4

Fort Hays St.    7-3    16-3

Washburn    7-3    14-3

Emporia St.    7-3    14-6

Northeastern St.  6-5    11-7

Central Okla.    5-6    11-7

SW Baptist    3-7    10-9

Mo. Western    3-7    8-10

Neb. Kearney    3-7    7-10

Lindenwood    3-7    8-12

Pitt State    2-7    6-10

Lincoln    0-10    2-16



Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L

Emporia St.    9-1    18-1

Central Mo.    9-2    15-3

Mo. Southern    8-2    14-3

Washburn    7-3    12-5

Pitt State    6-3    13-6

Fort Hays St.    6-4    13-4

Northeastern St.  6-5    9-9

Lindenwood    5-5    10-7

Central Okla.    5-6    10-8

SW Baptist    3-7    8-9

Neb. Kearney    3-7    7-10

Mo. Western    2-8    7-10

NW Missouri St.    2-8    5-12

Lincoln    0-10    3-14



Scoreboard/schedule

Men

Jan. 22

Neb. Kearney 82, Pitt State 80

Emporia State 72, Northeastern St. 67

Central Mo. 89, Lincoln 61

NW Missouri St. 79, Mo. Southern 78

SW Baptist 71, Lindenwood 69

Jan. 23

Fort Hays State 84, S.D. School of Mines 69

Washburn 76, Central Okla. 69

Jan. 24

Neb. Kearney 81, S.D. School of Mines 69

Jan. 25

Mo. Southern 105, Mo. Western 71

Fort Hays St. 78, Pitt State 75

Washburn 75, Northeastern St. 63

Central Mo. 77, Lindenwood 58

SW Baptist 101, Lincoln 70

Emporia State 92, Central Okla. 80



Women

Jan. 21

Mo. Western 63, Mo. Valley College 38

Jan. 22

Central Mo. 71, Lincoln 70

Pitt State 83, Neb. Kearney 73

Mo. Southern 80, NW Mo. St. 74

Northeastern St. 59, Emporia St. 44

Lindenwood 71, SW Baptist 66

Jan. 23

Fort Hays St. 64, S.D. School of Mines 39

Washburn 65, Central Okla. 59

Jan. 24

Neb. Kearney 76, S.D. School of Mines 75

Jan. 25

Mo. Southern 65, Mo. Western 50

Lindenwood 65, Central Mo. 64

Pitt State 74, Fort Hays State 60

Washburn 60, Northeastern St. 37

SW Baptist 66, Lincoln 58

Emporia St. 73, Central Okla. 50



This week

Wednesday

Lincoln at Mo. Western

Northeastern St. at Pitt State



Thursday

NW Mo. St. at Lindenwood

Washburn at Neb. Kearney

Emporia State at Fort Hays St.

Mo. Southern at SW Baptist



Saturday

Mo. Southern at Central Mo.

Pitt State at Central Okla.

Lindenwood at Mo. Western

Lincoln NW Mo. St.

Washburn at Fort Hays St.

Emporia St. at Neb. Kearney



Men

Ahead of the pack

Northwest Missouri State:
The Bearcats locked up a one-game lead in the standings with a one-point win against Missouri Southern last Wednesday. The win was capped by DeShaun Cooper’s go-ahead shot with three seconds left. Northwest Missouri State has now won six games in a row, dating back to Jan. 4’s loss to Central Oklahoma.

Up and coming

Emporia State:
Left for dead when the calendar flipped to 2014, the Hornets have won five straight games and are driving hard for a first-round bye in the conference championship in March. Four of Emporia State’s five straight wins have come at home, and this week the Hornets begin a three-game road swing.

On the skids

Northeastern State:
The RiverHawks looked to be league power early in the season, but such is not the case currently. NSU has lost three consecutive games and five of its last six games.

Notes

- Cooper claims league honor:
Northwest Missouri State’s Cooper was named the league’s Athlete of the Week for men’s basketball. Cooper racked up 32 points in the Bearcats’ win against Missouri Southern.



Women

Ahead of the pack

Emporia State:
Having suffered their first loss of the season at Northeastern State, the Hornets are still in first place in the league, thanks to Central Missouri’s slip-up at Lindenwood on Saturday. Emporia State rebounded from its first setback with a 73-50 win over Central Oklahoma.

Up and coming

Mo. Southern / Washburn:
Missouri Southern leads Washburn by a game, but both are riding five-game winning streaks. Both clubs are looking up at Emporia State and Central Missouri in the standings.

On the skids

Lincoln:
The Blue Tigers have fallen upon hard times since embarking on league play. Lincoln has been saddled with a 10-game losing streak since starting MIAA play.

Notes

- Flax honored by league:
Central Missouri’s Keuna Flax was named the women’s basketball Athlete of the Week after averaging 28 points in a 1-1 week by the Jennies on the road at Lincoln and Lindenwood. Flax notched a career-high 35 points at Lincoln.

Games of the week

Men: Missouri Southern at Central Missouri


If winning the regular-season crown is a viable option for either team, a win here is almost a must. The two clubs will square off twice in the span of eight days starting on Saturday.

Women: Emporia State at Fort Hays State

Fort Hays State just needs a win here to stay afloat and stay in the running for a first-round bye at the league championship. A win for Emporia State gives it a solid road victory moving forward.