Sports shorts: 1/9/07

Women's Basketball

Griffon women undefeated 14-0

The women’s basketball team held onto their undefeated status when they faced Truman on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Western beat Truman 81-73 and keep their 14-0 record.

They are also nationally ranked no. 8 in NCAA Division II Coach’s Poll.

Truman fell in ranking 6-6 and 0-4 in league play.

The game against the Bulldogs was no nail-biter. The Griffons started out with a 14- point lead and by halftime they were trailing the Bulldogs. Western fought back in the second half with a 13-2 run against the Bulldogs sealing the deal.

Ashleigh Curry led the Griffons with a team-high of 19 points. Curry went 8-of-19 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Inga Buzoka added 19 points and seven rebounds.

Junior forward Jill Johnson led he Griffons on the boards with 13 points.

Truman was led in scoring by Georgia Mueller with a game-high 29 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Griffons will face the University of Central Missouri Wednesday evening in the Multipurpose Building on the campus of UCM. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

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Western men taken by Truman

Western men’s basketball team was no match for the Truman Bulldog’s team. They were overtaken in Saturday night’s game with the end score bing 74-60 in the MWSU Fieldhouse.

The loss dropped Western in ranking to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA.

The first half of the game, the Western and Truman men toggled back and forth with neither team gaining more than 5 points on the other. But in the second half Truman gained a lead that Western couldn’t break.

Western had four players with double figure scoring, junior guard Joe Manthe led the team with 14 points. Junior center Jay McFarland and senior guard Rickey Quarels each had 10 points. Western will travel to the University of Central Missouri on Jan. 10 to take on the Mules.

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