Powered by 25 points from Stokes and a 26-10 fourth-quarter run, MSSU roll past PSU into Sweet 16
#3 seed MSSU's Lady Lions, winners of 8 straight & this seasons MIAA Tournament title, overcome MIAA rival #7 Pitt State Saturday, Southern plays for Central Region Championship Monday.
Missouri Southern women's basketball dropped MIAA foe Pittsburg State in their Regional Semifinal game in Duluth, Minnesota, Saturday. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
The Pitt State Lady Gorillas led most of the game, including at the half. MSSU's 73-64 victory Saturday over PSU was their second in a row after the Lady Gorillas defeated the Lady Lions both times the teams played during the regular season.
Southern's Lacy Stokes led the Lions in scoring with 25 points, while adding five rebounds, and six assists. While MSSU’s Kaitlin Hunnicutt added 12 points, including going three for three from three-point land, with pivotal shots in the 4th quarter. Hunnicutt spoke after the game about her team's 26 to 10 run in the 4th quarter that overwhelmed the Gorilla and led to a Southern victory.
"For that run, we just had to lock in and stay focused on our scout. Especially, our coaches were emphasizing, we had to string stops together when we were stringing stops together, we were getting good looks and good opportunities on offense, and that's our game."
Southern now plays for the Championship in the NCAA D-II Central Regional Tournament tonight against the tournament host, Minnesota-Duluth. Southern defeated the #1 seeded Bulldogs 54-51 early this season, in early November. Game time tonight at 7. For 89 9 KRPS News, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro