Tahlequah Daily Press

December 11, 2013

Inside the MIAA

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

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com



Basketball standings

Team    Conf. Ovr

Men    W-L    W-L

Mo. Southern    2-0    7-1    

Northeastern St.  2-0    7-2

NW Missouri St.    2-0    6-4

Central Mo.    1-0    8-1

Mo. Western    1-0    6-3

Washburn    1-1    8-1

Central Okla.    1-1    7-2

SW Baptist    1-1    7-3

Lindenwood    1-1    5-5

Emporia St.    0-1    6-4

Pittsburg St.    0-1    3-4

Fort Hays St.    0-2    7-2

Neb. Kearney    0-2    2-4

Lincoln    0-2    2-8



Team    Conf. Ovr

Women    W-L    W-L

Mo. Southern    2-0    7-1

Lindenwood    2-0    6-2

Emporia St.    1-0    8-0

Central Mo.    1-0    7-1

Pittsburg St.    1-0    6-3

Fort Hays St.    1-1    6-1

Central Okla.    1-1    6-3

Washburn    1-1    5-3

SW Baptist    1-1    4-3

Northeastern St.  1-1    4-5

Mo. Western    0-1    4-3

Neb. Kearney    0-2    3-5

Lincoln    0-2    3-6

NW Missouri St.  0-2    2-6



Scores and schedule

Men

Last week

Dec. 5

Northeastern State 87, Lincoln 72

Washburn 89, SW Baptist 87

NW Missouri State 75, Pittsburg State 59

Mo. Southern 99, Neb. Kearney 79

Lindenwood 88, Central Oklahoma 77

Central Missouri 93, Fort Hays State 85

Dec. 7

Northeastern State 83, Lindenwood 74

Mo. Southern 110, Washburn 73

Central Oklahoma 90, Lincoln 71

Mo. Western 82, Fort Hays State 79

SW Baptist 96, Neb. Kearney 93

NW Missouri State 89, Emporia State 68

This week

Robert Morris (Springfield) at Lindenwood (Wednesday)

Bellevue at Neb. Kearney

Missourui S&T at Lindenwood (Saturday)

Central Christian at Fort Hays State

Lincoln at Neb. Kearney (Saturday)

William Jewell at SW Baptist

Newman at Emporia State



Women

Last week

Dec. 5

Northeastern State 66, Lincoln 53

Lindenwood 78, Central Oklahoma 71

Mo. Southern 76, Neb. Kearney 72

Pittsburg State 57, NW Missouri St. 55

Washburn 78, SW Baptist 71

Central Missouri 72, Fort Hays State 51

Dec. 7

Lindenwood 63, Northeastern State 50

Mo. Southern 68, Washburn 59

Fort Hays State 67, Mo. Western 53

Central Oklahoma 72, Lincoln 55

SW Baptist 85, Neb. Kearney 66

Emporia State 68, NW MIssouri St. 64

This week

Missouri S&T at Lindenwood

Lincoln at Neb. Kearney

William Jewell at SW Baptist

West Texas A&M at Emporia State



MIAA Men

Ahead of the pack

Northeastern State: The RiverHawks get a slight nod here mainly because they went on the road to start league play 2-0. NSU is one of three teams that is 2-0 in the league, and both Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri State picked up their victories in the cozy comforts of their own campus.



Up and coming

Central Missouri: Had the Mules played two league games instead of one last week, they could be where the RiverHawks are. Nevertheless, an overtime victory over Fort Hays State is a solid way to begin the MIAA slate.



On the skids

Fort Hays State: It's early but the Tigers may be kicking themselves later in the season after starting MIAA play 0-2. Two overtime losses on the road — one against a beatable Missouri Western club — is probably not how Fort Hays State — the preseason favorite in the league — envisioned embarking on its league tour.



Notes

- Northeastern State guard Bryton Hobbs has been on a scoring tear this season. The senior guard from St. Louis leads the MIAA in scoring at 24.7 points per game, and he has only scored less than 20 points once — 12 in a loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith — this season. Hobbs is coming off a career-high 36 points against Lindenwood on Saturday.

- Central Oklahoma's Josh Gibbs is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. The senior forward from Kansas City, Mo., is posting 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. He started off the season with a 24-point, 21-rebounds effort against Southwest Christian.

- Missouri Southern has been scoring points in bunches lately. The Lions have notched 530 points in five games, including a 110-point effort against Washburn on Saturday. Marquis Addison is leading the way for the Lions with a 16.9 point-per-game average.



MIAA Women

Ahead of the pack

Lindenwood: The Lady Lions — picked to finish last or next-to-last in the league — are looking down at everyone in the standings, minus Missouri Southern, which is also 2-0. Lindenwood defended its home court and did an Oklahoma two-step in beating NSU and Central Oklahoma over the weekend. Morgan Johnson led the way with an average of 16.5 points in the two games.



Up and coming

Emporia State: The last remaining unbeaten team in the league would be in first place in the conference if it had played two MIAA games last week. The Hornets, ranked third in the country, received its first legitimate challenge of the year in a 68-64 victory over Northwest Missouri State to kick off league play.



On the skids

Nebraska Kearney: At one point this season, the Lopers were 3-1. Now Kearney is 3-5 overall and 0-2 in league play after losses on the road in Missouri.



Notes

- Fort Hays State's Kate Lehman is only five blocks away from averaging a triple-double per game. Right now, she is tallying 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots per contest. She also leads the league in blocked shots with 39 — the next closest is Emporia State's Merissa Quick with 14.

- Anytime the ball leaves Shonte Clay's hand, there's a good chance it's going in the basket. Through eight games, the Missouri Southern player has made 42 of her 60 field-goal attempts, which is a solid 70 percent clip.



Games of the week

Men: Lincoln at Nebraska Kearney

Might as well go with the league game above all else here.

Women: West Texas A&M at Emporia State

A clash of two top-15 teams takes top billing over Lincoln at Nebraska Kearney — two 0-2 teams in the MIAA.