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MSSU WBB comes up short in their quest to make the Elite Eight Monday night


Despite a one-point loss Monday Night, Missouri Southern Women's basketball set numerous records and made their first Regional Championship game appearance in 29 years.

Missouri Southern women's basketball came up short Monday in the Championship game of the Central Regional tournament in Duluth, Minnesota. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The Lady Lions were ranked 1st in the MIAA pre-season coaches poll and were on the cusp Monday night of punching their ticket to the Elite Eight and likely having one of the country's top ten Division II women's basketball programs.

The game looked promising for Missouri Southern at the half, leading by 18 points. Play by play announcer Matt McConico on the call Monday night.

"Stokes, Maddie Stokes is calling for the ball down low and didn't get it. Now Lacy Stokes for three, she hits that. She is (was) practicing all kinds of shots from that same position in the pregame portion of the warm-ups. She was sitting there over and over and over again right from that position shooting the three, and that's practice."

The Lions fell to the Bulldogs by a score of 77 to 76. Lacy Stokes led the Lions last night with 22 points, ten rebounds, and five assists. This season, the Lions won a school record 29 games, their first MIAA Tournament since 1996, and their first Regional Championship game appearance since 1994. 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.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.