Tahlequah Daily Press

February 19, 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.    13-2    18-6

Central Mo.    13-3    21-4

Fort Hays St.    11-4    20-4

Mo. Southern    11-4    17-5

Central Okla.    10-6    16-7

Neb. Kearney    8-7    12-10

Washburn    8-8    15-8

Emporia State    8-8    15-11

Northeastern St.  7-8    12-10

SW Baptist    6-9    13-11

Lindenwood    5-11    10-16

Mo. Western    4-11    9-14

Pittsburg St.    3-12    7-15

Lincoln    1-15    3-21



Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L


Emporia St.    14-2    23-2

Central Mo.    14-2    20-3

Pittsburg St.    12-3    19-6

Mo. Southern    10-5    16-6

Washburn    10-6    15-8

Fort Hays St.    9-6    16-6

Northeastern St.  7-8    10-12

Lindenwood    7-9    12-11

NW Missouri St.    6-9    9-13

SW Baptist    5-10    10-12

Central Okla.    5-11    10-13

Mo. Western    4-11    9-13

Neb. Kearney    4-11    8-14

Lincoln    1-15    4-19





Scores/schedule

Men


Last week

Feb. 11

SW Baptist 66, Lindenwood 61

Feb. 12

Emporia St. 73, Northeastern St. 65

Central Mo. 92, Lincoln 50

Mo. Southern 82, NW Missouri St. 68

Feb. 13

Central Okla. 72, Washburn 70

Neb. Kearney 92, Pittsburg State 83

Feb. 15

Central Mo. 82, Lindenwood 76

Northeastern St. 68, Washburn 59

Central Okla. 82, Emporia St. 73

Mo. Southern 78, Mo. Western 60

Fort Hays St. 87, Pittsburg St. 69

SW Baptist 98, Lincoln 69



Women

Feb. 11

Lindenwood 94, SW Baptist 82

Feb. 12

Central Mo. 86, Lincoln 53

Mo. Southern 64, NW Missouri St. 60

Emporia St. 80, Northeastern St. 61

Feb. 13

Pitt St. 66, Neb. Kearney 50

Washburn 63, Central Okla. 59

Feb. 15

Central Mo. 88, Lindenwood 69

Washburn 56, Northeastern St. 52

Emporia St. 66, Central Okla. 45

Mo. Southern 68, Mo. Western 61

Pitt St. 71, Fort Hays St. 67

SW Baptist 68, Lincoln 55



This week

Wednesday

Neb. Kearney at Emporia St.

Fort Hays St. at Washburn

Pittsburg St. at Northeastern St.

Lindenwood at NW Missouri St.

SW Baptist at Mo. Southern

Mo. Western at Lincoln

Saturday

Pittsburg St. at Mo. Southern

Lincoln at Lindenwood

NW Missouri St. at Mo. Western

Northeastern St. at Central Okla.

Central Mo. at SW Baptist

Neb. Kearney at Fort Hays St.

Washburn at Emporia St.



Men

Ahead of the pack

Northwest Missouri State:
The Bearcats’ grip on the top spot in the league is starting to loosen. A loss to Missouri Southern last week has allowed Central Missouri to close the gap as the league’s frontrunner. Northwest Missouri State has a half-game lead on Central Missouri with three should-win games (Lindenwood, Missouri Western, Southwest Baptist) before playing at Central Missouri on March 1.

Up and coming

Nebraska Kearney:
The Lopers have reeled off seven straight wins and have vaulted into position to host a game during the conference tournament. Nebraska Kearney, at one point, was 1-7 in the league but is now currently in sixth place all along. Spearheading the Lopers’ recent run of success has been Connor Beranek, who has posted 18.6 points per game in Nebraska Kearney’s seven-game winning streak.

On the skids

Washburn:
The Ichabods have suffered three straight setbacks while dropping to seventh in the league. Washburn, with three games left (one home, two road), could be in danger of falling out of the top eight and playing away from home in the first round of the conference tournament.

Notes

- Gibbs grabs weekly honor:
Central Oklahoma senior forward Josh Gibbs averaged 24.5 points and 11 rebounds per contest in two games last week to pick up the league’s men’s basketball Athlete of the Week title. The Butler County Community College transfer also shot 46.7 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line in two games.

- Numbers up for North: Washburn’s Alex North is knocking on the doorstep of joining Gibbs as the only two players in the league that average a double-double. Gibbs posts 21.1 points and 11.4 rebounds a game, while North is at 15.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. North was averaging an even 10 rebounds a game before only grabbing nine against Northeastern State on Saturday, dropping his rebounding average to 9.9 a game.



Women

Ahead of the pack

Central Missouri / Emporia State:
Tied atop the league standings, both Central Missouri and Emporia State should go 2-0 this week. The game that could decide the race is Emporia State’s game at Pittsburg State on Feb. 26. If Emporia State closes out the regular season, it’ll win the regular-season crown after thrashing Central Missouri, 80-67, on Jan. 11.

Up and coming

Pittsburg State:
On an eight-game winning streak, the Gorillas own a two-game lead over Missouri Southern for third in the conference standings. However, a brutal four-game stretch awaits Pittsburg State to close out the regular season. It all starts Wednesday at Northeastern State.

On the skids

Fort Hays State:
Losses to Emporia State and Pittsburg State have the Tigers on the outside looking in for the league’s top four spots. Fort Hays State, with three of its final four games at home, will need to win out and hope for help with losses from Missouri Southern and Washburn to earn a bye to the conference tournament in Kansas City.

Notes

- Lynch lands league honor:
Washburn’s Brittney Lynch averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games last week to nab MIAA women’s basketball Athlete of the Week honors. Lynch played 43 minutes and had 16 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win over Northeastern State. In that game, she also made a game-tying basket in the lane with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Games of the week

Men: Nebraska Kearney at Emporia State


Without a marquee matchup this week, it’s all about positioning as the Lopers and Hornets jostle for a home game in the conference tournament. A loss coupled with a win by NSU could lead to a dicey final week of regular-season play next week.

Women: Pittsburg State at Missouri Southern

A win solidifies Pittsburg State’s stranglehold on third place. A win by Missouri Southern would almost certainly lock up a first-round by for the Lions with a manageable 2-0 final week looming.