The Griffon women’s basketball team pulled out a win against the No. 4 team in the conference: the Missouri Southern Lions. Western is now 8-8 overall and 3-7 in the MIAA. Missouri Southern dropped to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
Coming into the game, the Lions were on a 4-game win streak with their recent win coming against the Northwest Bearcats.
Going into the game, coach Rob Edmisson felt that they matched up with the lions well.
“Size wise, we match up with them well.” Edmisson said. “We’re just going to have to play with high level confidence and energy.”
Coach Edmisson also says that his team has been doing a great job rebounding and is averaging 17 more points a game than last year. He feels that they have room for improvement on the defensive end.
“We have a plus 8 rebounding advantage over teams, which we aren’t a very big team.” Edmisson said. “Offensively, we are averaging about 17 more points per game than we did last year. Where we have to get better at is consistently getting defensive stops. If our defense gets better I think that’s what will determine the close games.”
Senior Tiara Hall felt they played better team defense and multiple players got going on the offensive end.
“We played better team defense,” Hall said. “And offensively, multiple players scored instead of allowing one person to be an offensive threat.”
The Griffons held the Lions to 33 percent from the field and six percent from long range.
LaQuinta Jefferson led the team with 17 points, shooting 5-11 from the field. Chelsea Dewey put in 11 points and Hall finished with 10, shooting 5-10 from the field.
Western has proved that they can compete with anyone in the conference, but throughout the season they have struggled to win close games.
Coach Edmisson says that they have to win a close game so that they know what to do when a close game presents itself.
“It’s a tough thing,” Edmission said. “Because until you win one of those close games, it’s hard to tell your team in a timeout with a minute left and you’re tied, that we know what to do in these situations. It’s been frustrating because we’ve proved that we can play with the top teams in the country.”
Hall says they will use the close games as motivation.
“It just motivates us more which will result in us not only keeping the game close but we will finish the games and hopefully come out with wins,” Hall said.
The Griffons will face off against the Lincoln University Blue Tigers with an overall record of 7-9 and conference record of 2-8. They are coming off a win against Southwest Baptist. The game will be held at Lincoln University.