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Powered by 25 points from Stokes and a 26-10 fourth-quarter run, MSSU roll past PSU into Sweet 16

MSSU’s Kaitlin Hunnicutt punching the Lady Lions ticket to the 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

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.