Tahlequah Daily Press

February 12, 2014

Inside the MIAA

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

Sports Editor

— Basketball standings

Team    Conf. Ovr

Men    W-L    W-L

NW Missouri St.    13-1    18-5

Central Mo.    11-3    19-4

Fort Hays St.    10-4    19-4

Mo. Southern    9-4    15-5

Washburn    8-6    15-6

Central Okla.    8-6    14-7

Emporia State    7-7    14-10

Neb. Kearney    7-7    11-10

Northeastern St.  6-7    11-9

Lindenwood    5-9    10-14

SW Baptist    4-9    11-11

Mo. Western    4-10    9-13

Pittsburg St.    3-10    7-13

Lincoln    1-13    3-19

Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L

Emporia St.    12-2    21-2

Central Mo.    12-2    18-3

Pittsburg St.    10-3    17-6

Fort Hays St.    9-5    16-5

Mo. Southern    8-5    14-6

Washburn    8-6    13-8

Northeastern St.  7-6    10-10

Lindenwood    6-8    11-10

NW Missouri St.    6-8    9-12

Central Okla.    5-9    10-11

SW Baptist    4-9    9-11

Mo. Western    4-10    9-12

Neb. Kearney    4-10    8-13

Lincoln    1-13    4-17    



Feb. 4

SW Baptist 89, Pittsburg St. 74

Feb. 5

Washburn 79, Emporia St. 74

NW Missouri St. 92, Mo. Western 64

Neb. Kearney 90, Fort Hays St. 83

Feb. 6

Central Okla. 96, Northeastern St. 94, 2OT

Central Mo. 69, SW Baptist 56

Lincoln 74, Lindenwood 73

Feb. 8

Central Mo. 97, Mo. Southern 92

Central Okla. 80, Pittsburg St. 72

NW Missouri St. 97, Lincoln 78

Fort Hays St. 65, Emporia St. 59

Neb. Kearney 90, Washburn 84

Lindenwood 93, Mo. Western 73


Feb. 4

Pittsburg St. 73

Feb. 5

Fort Hays St. 85, Neb. Kearney 67

NW Missouri St. 50 Mo. Western 44

Emporia St. 69, Washburn 63

Feb. 6

Northeastern St. 63, Central Okla. 61

Central Mo. 67, SW Baptist 64

Lincoln 67, Lindenwood 58

Feb. 8

Central Mo. 75, Mo. Southern 67

Pittsburg St. 72, Central Okla. 52

Emporia St. 80, Fort Hays St. 77

Neb. Kearney 61, Washburn 53

Lindenwood 72, Mo. Western 60

NW Missouri St. 65, Lincoln 53

This week


Lindenwood at SW Baptist


Lincoln at Central Mo.

Northeastern State at Emporia St.

NW Missouri St. at Mo. Southern


Washburn at Central Okla.

Pittsburg St. at Neb. Kearney


Washburn at Northeastern St.

Central Mo. at Lindenwood

Mo. Southern at Mo. Western

Emporia St. at Central Okla.

SW Baptist at Lincoln

Pittsburg St. at Fort Hays St.


Ahead of the pack

Northwest Missouri State:
Does it seem like this track is on repeat? Because it might as well be. At this point, the Bearcats are just toying with their opponents. Since beating Lindenwood by two on Jan. 30, Northwest Missouri State has blown out Lincoln twice while also posting an easy 28-point victory over Missouri Western.

Up and coming

Central Missouri:
The Mules pulled into second place all by themselves by going 2-0 last week to extend their winning streak to five games. Three road games — Lindenwood, Southwest Baptist and Missouri Western — loom before closing out the regular season at home against Northwest Missouri State.

On the skids

Northeastern State:
With Lincoln posting a win over Lindenwood last week, the RiverHawks now own the longest losing streak in the league. NSU was 6-2 in the league before beginning its current five-game losing streak.


• Cooper claims honor:
In routs of Lindenwood and Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State’s DeShaun Cooper posted an averaged of 29 points a game last week. By doing so, he was named the MIAA’s men’s Athlete of the Week. He posted a career-high 35 points to cap off his week against Lincoln.

• Leading in freebies: Northeastern State’s Bryton Hobbs is leading the nation in free-throw attempts at 232. He leads fellow conference cohort, Fort Hays State’s Craig Nicholson, by 27 attempts. Shippensburg Joe Lococo is third at 200.


Ahead of the pack

Emporia State:
The Hornets are tied atop the league standings with Central Missouri, but Emporia State owns the No. 1 spot based on a victory over the Jennies earlier this year. The Hornets extracted revenge for one their two losses this season by knocking off Fort Hays State over the weekend.

Up and coming

Pittsburg State:
The Gorillas have taken advantage of a soft schedule here recently, racking up six straight victories over Nebraska Kearney, Central Oklahoma (twice), Fort Hays State, Northeastern State and Southwest Baptist. The recent run of success has Pittsburg State comfortably in third place with Emporia State and Central Missouri ahead by only one game.

On the skids

Missouri Southern:
Hoping to make a run at Emporia State and Central Missouri, the Lions have fallen off lately with three straight defeats — of which came against Central Missouri. A favorable schedule — with Pittsburg State perhaps being the toughest game — could perhaps allow the Lions to make a late run in league play.


• Lehman lands honor:
Despite her team going 1-1 last week, Fort Hays State’s Kate Lehman garnered league honors at the league’s women’s Athlete of the Week. Lehman averaged 28.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and five blocks in a win over Nebraska Kearney and a loss to Emporia State.

Games of the week

Men: Northwest Missouri State at Missouri Southern

It’s likely too late for Missouri Southern to catch Northwest Missouri State in the standings, but a win for the Lions would give them a boost while coming down the home stretch of the regular season.

Women: Pittsburg State at Fort Hays State

If the Gorillas want a chance to sneak into the top two, a win over Fort Hays State is a must. However, Fort Hays State will want to pay Pittsburg State back for a 74-60 setback on Jan. 25.