Basketball struggles on road


  The Missouri Western menís and womenís basketball teams struggled mightily on their recent three game road trips. Both teams lost in all three games.  The first stop on the road trip was to Emporia State University. The womenís team had to face a team that was ranked number 16. They had trouble getting into any rhythm in the game as they fell to the Hornets 84-65. The men played the Hornets tough, but fell in overtime by the score of 76-72.  The second stop for the Griffons was at Southwest Baptist. The Bearcats were ranked twenty first in Division II and the Griffons struggle against the highly ranked team. They lost by the score of 76-56. The women didnít fair much better against the Bearcats as they lost by the score of 77-60. The Griffons fell behind 17-6 and they never had a lead in the game.  The last stop on the road trip was at Washburn. Last season it was battle between the Griffons and the Lady Blues for who would win the conference, with both games being extremely close last season. This season was the complete opposite of last year as the Griffons fell to the Lady Blues by the score of 68-44. The men didnít fair any better as they lost their game against Washburn by the score of 90-69.  In the three games the menís team were led in scoring by Reggie Bunch and Lonnel Johnson. Against Emporia State, Johnson had 19 points and  Bunch had 17 points. Against Southwest Baptist Johnson put in 16 points, while Bunch added 11. Against Washburn Bunch had a big night by scoring 24 points, while Johnson added 14.  The Griffons played well offensively in all the games, except against Southwest Baptist. Against Baptist they shot 35 percent from the field and produced their lowest point total of the regular season.   The women were led in scoring against Emporia State by Jill Johnson with 20 points and Tierra Ford with 15. Against Southwest Baptist the Griffons were led in scoring by Yanique Javois with 18 points and Lauren Nolke with 15. Against Washburn the Griffons were led in scoring by Javois with 16 points and Johnson with 9.  The womenís basketball team struggled offensively in all three games. They shot only 25 percent from the field against Washburn and scored a season low 44 points.   The Griffons will look to get back on track as they return home with games against Southwest Baptist and Emporia State. 

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