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February 7, 2014

Inside the MIAA

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


Up and coming

Fort Hays State: The Tigers are charging hard at Northwest Missouri State with 10 straight wins, including victories over Emporia State (in double overtime) and Washburn (in single overtime) last week. Fort Hays State are unbeaten in 2014 but still two games back of Northwest Missouri State.

On the skids

Northeastern State: A season that started in the top 25 has slammed on the brakes with four straight losses, including two recent ones on the road at Washburn and Emporia State. The RiverHawks were once a threat in the league and now are in danger of host even hosting a conference tournament game.


- Another nod for Nicholson: Fort Hays State’s Craig Nicholson was named the league’s Athlete of the Week in men’s basketball for the third time this year by picking up the accolade this week. Nicholson averaged 29.5 points and seven assists in Fort Hays State’s wins over Emporia State and Washburn.


Ahead of the pack

Emporia State: The Hornets are tied with Central Missouri in the standings but won the head-to-head matchup earlier this season, giving them the tiebreaking advantage. Emporia State lost to Fort Hays State last week but bounced back with a win over Nebraska Kearney.

Up and coming

Pittsburg State: Five straight wins has the Gorillas within a game of first place in the standings. Pittsburg State has also won most games comfortably during its winning streak, posting double-digit victories outside of a three-point win against Central Oklahoma.

On the skids

Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos were 5-4 in the league but have lost three straight games since.


- Jeronimus garners honor: Pittsburg State’s Lizzy Jeronimus, a 5-foot-11 junior forward, was named the women’s Athlete of the Week after two 20-point performances last week against Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma.

Games of the week

Men: Central Missouri at Missouri Southern

The Mules coasted past Missouri Southern on Saturday, but the two teams will do battle again this weekend with both tied at 9-3 and chasing Northwest Missouri State.

Women: Fort Hays State at Emporia State

Fort Hays State dominated Emporia State not even a week ago, and the Hornets will get their shot at redemption this weekend.


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