By BEN JOHNSON
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
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
Emporia State 88, Pittsburg State 82
NW Missouri St. 59, Mo. Western 52
Pittsburg State 63, Emporia State 60
NW Missouri St. 69, Mo. Western 58
Lindenwood 81, Truman 71
Washburn 71, Neb. Kearney 52
Truman 74, Lindenwood 50
Washburn 69, Neb. Kearney 51
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
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
Mo. Southern 85, Central Okla. 77
Mo. Southern 68, Central Okla. 66
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.
Washburn at Emporia State, women at 5; men at 7.
Lindenwood at Neb. Kearney, women at 1; men at 3.
Lincoln at Fort Hays State
Emporia State at Pittsburg State
Truman at NW Missouri St.
SW Baptist at Mo. Western
Mo. Southern at Central Okla.
Central Mo. at Washburn
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.
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.
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.
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.