Tahlequah Daily Press

February 27, 2013

Inside the MIAA

A weekly in-depth look at basketball in the MIAA.

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— Men's standings

Conf.    Overall

W-L    W-L    

Central Missouri    12-4    18-6

Fort Hays State    11-5    17-7

Washburn    11-5    18-6

Central Oklahoma    10-6    12-12

Northeastern State    11-6    18-7

Lindenwood    10-6    17-7

NW Missouri St.    10-6    17-8

Pittsburg State    8-8    15-9

Emporia State    7-9    12-12

Missouri Southern    7-9    12-12

SW Baptist    7-10    9-16

Truman    6-10    9-15

Missouri Western    5-11    9-15

Neb. Kearney    4-12    7-17

Lincoln    2-14    3-23



Women's standings

Conf.    Ovr.

W-L    W-L

Washburn    15-1    21-3

Central Missouri    13-3    21-3

Northeastern State    13-4    18-7

Truman    12-4    19-5

Pittsburg State    11-5    17-7

Emporia State    11-5    16-8

Fort Hays State    10-6    18-6

Missouri Western    7-9    14-10

NW Missouri St.    6-10    12-12

SW Baptist    6-11    11-14

Missouri Southern    6-10    12-12

Lincoln    5-11    10-14

Neb. Kearney    3-13    6-17

Central Oklahoma    2-14    9-15

Lindenwood    1-15    4-20



Scores & schedules

Feb. 20

Men

Emporia State 88, Pittsburg State 82

NW Missouri St. 59, Mo. Western 52

Women

Pittsburg State 63, Emporia State 60

NW Missouri St. 69, Mo. Western 58



Feb. 21

Men

Lindenwood 81, Truman 71

Washburn 71, Neb. Kearney 52

Women

Truman 74, Lindenwood 50

Washburn 69, Neb. Kearney 51



Feb. 23

Men

Central Oklahoma 92, Pittsburg State 76

Truman 81, Lincoln 74

Northeastern State 67, Emporia State 62

Neb. Kearney 75, Mo. Western 70

Washburn 76, Fort Hays St. 70

Central Missouri 108, SW Baptist 91

Women

Truman 70, Lincoln 59

Pittsburg State 79, Central Okla. 68

Mo. Western 71, Neb. Kearney 36

Washburn 61, Fort Hays St. 41

SW Baptist 63, Central Mo. 52

Northeastern St. 66, Emporia St. 56



Feb. 25

Men

Mo. Southern 85, Central Okla. 77

Women

Mo. Southern 68, Central Okla. 66



Feb 27

Central Okla. at Northeastern St.

Missouri Southern at Pittsburg State

NW Missouri St. at Neb. Kearney

Mo. Western at Fort Hays St.

Lindenwood at Lincoln

Truman at Central Mo.



Feb. 28

Washburn at Emporia State, women at 5; men at 7.



March 1

Lindenwood at Neb. Kearney, women at 1; men at 3.

Lincoln at Fort Hays State



March 2

Emporia State at Pittsburg State

Truman at NW Missouri St.

SW Baptist at Mo. Western

Mo. Southern at Central Okla.

Central Mo. at Washburn



MIAA Men

Ahead of the pack

Central Missouri: The Mules' return home has done wonders for them. Since enduring a three-game losing streak on the road, Central Missouri has won three straight games, including two at home. Central Missouri closes out the home portion of its scheduled Wednesday against Truman, and its season finale could be a winner-take-all showdown at Washburn on Saturday.



Up and coming

Washburn: Central Oklahoma was in this spot and then went and lost at Missouri Southern on Monday. The Ichabods have won two straight games and are still in the running for the league's regular-season crown.



On the skids

Pittsburg State: Enduring only a modest two-game losing streak, the Gorillas went from possibly a decent seed for the MIAA Championships to likely playing Emporia State for a chance to host a game as the league's No. 8 seed before having to take on the tournament's top seed with a victory in the 8-9 game.



Notes

Guiot gets MIAA honor: Southwest Baptist's Preston Guiot, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Bolivar, Mo., averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 assists per game last week to nab the league's Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week award. Thanks to Guiot's efforts, Southwest Baptist went 1-1 last week with a win over Lincoln and a loss to Central Missouri.

Offensive-minded Mules: For the second time this season, Central Missouri tallied more than 100 points in a game. On Saturday, the Mules posted 108 points in a 17-point victory over Southwest Baptist. In both 100-point-plus games this year, Central Missouri's Dominique Long has scored 29 points. In 24 games this season, the Mules are averaging 78 points per game, which is second in the league behind Lindenwood.

Bransford brings it: Northeastern State's Jermaine Bransford turned in his most impressive effort of the season on Saturday at Emporia State. The Sand Springs native recorded 23 points, 20 rebounds, five steals and three assists in the RiverHawks' 67-62 victory over the Hornets. So far this year, Bransford has registered 12 double-doubles.



MIAA Women

Ahead of the pack

Washburn: The Lady Blues can wrap up the league's regular-season title with a win at Emporia State on Wednesday. A loss to the Hornets, and Washburn could find itself in a winner-take-all game against Central Missouri on Saturday.



Up and coming

Pittsburg State: Once at 6-5 in the league, the Gorillas have catapulted up to 11-5 with five straight wins, including victories over Truman, Northeastern State and Emporia State.



On the skids

Emporia State: The Hornets were 9-0 at home before going hosting two games last week. They are now 9-2. Emporia State bombed and plummeted into a tie for fifth in the league. It doesn't get any easier this week at home for the Hornets with Washburn visiting on Wednesday.



Notes

Zelenka nabs accolade: Southwest Baptist swept the weekly accolades when Jacqui Zelenka was named the MIAA's Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week. The 6-foot junior from Australia averaged 18.5 points and 16 rebounds per game against Central Missouri and Lincoln.

Race to the finish: With a week left until the league tournament starts, there are still tournament byes up for grabs. Only Washburn has earned a pass to the Kansas City portion of the tournament — when the field is down to eight teams.

Regional jockeying going on: Washburn and Central Missouri seem to be locks for the NCAA tournament, currently sitting in first and second in the Central Region rankings. Truman is fifth, Northeastern State is ninth and Fort Hays State is 10th. Northeastern State and Fort Hays State have to keep winning and hope for losses by Southwestern Oklahoma State and Arkansas Tech to try and slip into the NCAA tournament field. Or, a MIAA Championship crown would do the job, too.

Lizzy scoring at will: Pittsburg State's Lizzy Jeronimus seems to be a lock for the league's scoring title. The sophomore forward is putting up 18.3 points per game, nearly two points better than Northeastern State's Taylor Lewis (16.6).



Games of the week

Men: Central Missouri at Washburn, Saturday. Even if it doesn't have any impact on the league's final standings — for instance, a winner-take-all for first place — this could still end up being a preview of the MIAA tournament finals at the end of next week. And it's fitting that this game tips off at night and is the last game between any schools during the regular season. Very appropriate.

Women: Washburn at Emporia State, Thursday. Interesting story lines for this one. Washburn can win the regullar-season crown outright with a win. Emporia State looks to avoid losing three straight at home after winning its first nine on its home floor. With a loss, Washburn's game against Central Missouri on Saturday could be rather interesting.