Missouri Western: 88 | Pittsburg State: 66
By Gregor Avey
The Missouri Western women blew Pittsburg State out in the opening round game of the MIAA tournament.
They won the game 86-66. Ashleigh Curry led the way with game high 22 points. The Griffons had two other players in double figures. Those players were Yanique Javois who had 15 points and Inga Buzoka who also added 14 points.
The win put the pushed the Griffons record for the year to 28-2 overall. While Pittsburg State ended their season with a 11-16 record.
Tiffany Davis set the Missouri Western school record and the MIAA tournament record with 15 assists in the game. She broke the record that was held by former Missouri Western Griffon Julie Sherwood.
The Griffons shot incredible from the three point line in the game. They hit nine three-point field goals in the game. Western throughly dominated throughout the whole game. In the second half they got their lead up to 30 points and had the starters on the bench with seven minutes left in the game.
The Missouri Western Griffons are looking to gain momentum heading into regional. The momentum they can gain from this tournament they can use to help them out in the upcoming regional tournament.
Missouri Western: 68 | Northwest Missouri: 58
By Brad Kester
The Griffons played the Northwest Bearcats in the second round of the MIAA tournament. Missouri Western needed to beat the arch rivals from the north to reach the championship game.
They didnâ€™t play great basketball and missed many easy shots but were able to advance, winning 68-58. The Griffons only shot 34 percent for the game but Northwest shot worse.
Missouri Western held the Bearcats to 29 percent shooting. Northwest tied the game up at 12 in the middle of the first half and that would be the best attempt Northwest would make the rest of the game to overtake the Griffons. The Griffons then went on a 9-2 run that included three 3-pointers by guards Chemia Woods, Yanique Javois and Ashleigh Curry.
The Griffons biggest lead was 18 points in the middle of the second half. All they had to do from that point on was make sure that Northwest didnâ€™t go on a big run in a short amount of time. The Griffons advanced to face the Washburn Lady Blues in the championship game. They swept the Lady Blues in their two regular season match ups.
If the Griffons win against Washburn they are guaranteed to get the regional tournament for the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Missouri Western: 70 | Washburn:71
By Brad Kester
The Griffons did their best to come back from a 21 point first quarter deficit in an exciting game. They lost by one point 71-70 but proved that they are a tough team and donâ€™t give up when things get hard.
The Griffons came out flat to start the game. They had a 4-0 lead early, and then Washburn went on a 9-0 run.
This started the downfall of the Griffons in the first half. Washburn was scoring at will and nothing the Griffons did worked. The Washburn lead kept getting bigger. Missouri Western went without a basket for about 10 minutes in the middle of the first while Washburn kept piling on points.
The lead would reach 21 at its highest in the first half and Western went into halftime down by 18 points. They looked dead in the water and about to give up but the second half was a different story.
In the second half, the Griffons showed that they wouldnâ€™t give up in tough situations. They could have done so easily when the game got out of control, but Western fought their way back into the game.
They hadnâ€™t been in that situation all year but proved thaey would never give up. The Griffons took lead late in the game. They did everything they could to win a game that they were as good as dead in the first half.