Tahlequah Daily Press

January 15, 2014

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look inside the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Basketball standings

Team    Conf. Ovr

Men    W-L    W-L

NW Missouri St.    6-1    11-5

Mo. Southern    5-1    11-2

Central Mo.    5-2    13-3

Northeastern St.  5-2    10-4

Fort Hays St.    4-3    12-3

Washburn    4-3    11-3

Central Okla.    4-3    10-4

Emporia St.    4-3    11-6

Lindenwood    3-4    8-9    

Pittsburg St.    2-3    6-6

Mo. Western    2-5    7-8

Neb. Kearney    2-5    5-8

SW Baptist    1-5    8-7

Lincoln    0-7    2-13



Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L

Emporia St.    7-0    16-0

Central Mo.    6-1    12-2

Pittsburg St.    4-1    11-4

Fort Hays St.    5-2    11-2

Mo. Southern    4-2    10-3

Central Okla.    4-3    9-5

Washburn    4-3    9-5

Lindenwood    3-4    8-6

Neb. Kearney    3-4    6-8

Northeastern St.  3-4    6-8

NW Missouri St.  2-5    5-9

SW Baptist    1-5    6-7

Mo. Western    1-6    5-8

Lincoln    0-7    3-11



Scoreboard / schedule

Men

Jan. 11

Missouri Southern 60, Northeastern State 65

Pittsburg State 85, Missouri Western 82

Central Oklahoma 89, SW Baptist 72

Fort Hays State 88, Lincoln 85

Northwest Missouri State 83, Washburn 76

Emporia State 95, Central Missouri 77

Jan. 12

Nebraska Kearney 84, Hastings College (Neb.) 67

Monday

Northwest Missouri State 85, Northeastern State 65



Women

Jan. 11

Mo. Southern 80, NSU 77

Washburn 73, NW Missouri St. 55

Emporia State 80, Central Mo. 67

Pitt State 74, Mo. Western 69

Fort Hays State 98, Lincoln 54

Central Okla. 70, SW Baptist 56

Jan. 13

NW Missouri St. 57, NSU 51



This week

Wednesday


Lindenwood at Missouri Southern

Mo. Western at Central Mo.

Pitt State at Emporia St.

Thursday

Fort Hays State at Central Okla.

Neb. Kearney at NSU

NW Missouri St. at SW Baptist

Saturday

Fort Hays State at NSU

Lincoln at Mo. Southern

Central Mo. at NW Missouri St.

Neb. Kearney at Central Okla.

SW Baptist at Mo. Western

Pitt State at Washburn



Men

Ahead of the pack


Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats’ balanced scoring attack — with five players averaging double-digit scoring efforts, led by Dillon Starzl with 15.4 points per game — has Northwest Missouri State in front of Missouri Southern by a half a game, thanks to Monday’s blowout win over Northeastern State.



Up and coming

Fort Hays State: Since starting league play 0-3, the Tigers have started off 2014 with four straight wins. During that stretch, the Tigers also handed Missouri Southern its only loss in league play. Dwayne Brunson and Craig Nicholson are averaging 17.1 and 16.1 points per game, respectively.



On the skids

Lincoln: The Blue Tigers started off 2014 with a double-overtime loss to Emporia State and it hasn’t gotten much better since. A blowout loss at home against Pittsburg State preceded a three-point loss at Fort Hays State over the weekend.



Notes:

- Hobbs nabs weekly honor: Northeastern State guard Bryton Hobbs was named the conference’s basketball Athlete of the Week after averaging 30 points a game against Southwest Baptist and Missouri Southern last week. He also averaged six assists per game. Currently, Hobbs is the league’s leading scorer at 23.5 points a contest.

- Double trouble: Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs is the only player in the league averaging a double-double at 22.1 points and 12.8 rebounds a game.

- Holy scorers: Southwest Baptist leads the league in scoring at 87.7 points a game. However, the Bearcats are also second to last in points allowed at 84.4 points.



Women

Ahead of the pack


Emporia State: The Hornets are still waiting for someone to genuinely challenge them in a conference game. In league games, Emporia State is outscoring opponents 76.3 to 58.1.



Up and coming

Fort Hays State: Outside of Emporia State’s 16-game winning streak, the Tigers have the longest at three games. Home wins against Lindenwood and Lincoln over the weekend helped Fort Hays State crack the top four in the league standings.



On the skids

Lincoln: A seven-game losing streak to start league play as the Blue Tigers staring up at everyone in the conference standings.



Notes:

- Mason makes her mark: Fort Hays State’s Chelsea Mason was named the league’s Athlete of the Week for women’s hoops. She garnered the honor for her three 20-point performances against Southwest Baptist, Lindenwood and Lincoln.



Games of the week

Men: Central Mo. at NW Missouri St.


If either team has aspirations of winning the league, a win here would go a long way to helping that cause.



Women: Pitt State at Emporia St.

If Pittsburg State is going to make up ground on Emporia State, this is the best chance to do so.