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Western women keep on winning

The Griffon women’s basketball team welcomed the University of Central Missouri in their 8th game of the season this past Saturday at 2 p.m. The Griffons then took down rival Northwest last night, 72-58. The game brought Western to a 8-2 on the year.

The Griffons have lost just four conference games over the last two seasons. 

Since before Thanksgiving break, on Nov. 15 the Griffons only lost once to Minnesota State, falling 54-65 in Mankato, Minnesota to open the Mavericks’ season. The Griffons shot a 16.7% success rate from behind the arc, tremendously lower than the 24 total 3-point field goals they managed in their first two games. Even so, Western forced 24 turnovers against MSU and put up 11 steals. Game leaders included Dwanisha Tate, senior, who scored 14 points with 5 rebounds on a 4-16 success-attempt rate. Sefulu Faavae, senior, put up 10 total points at 5-10 shooting. Chelsea Dewey, senior, scored 11 points at 4-12 shooting. Erin Anderson, junior, had 6 points at 2-7 shooting.

To recap Missouri Western’s trip down to the fresh airs of Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii, the then 2-1 Griffons scored big with a win over both schools. After a 1-10 success rate, they came back in the final 20 minutes to an enormous ovation as 9 out of the 12 attempted 3 pointers landed their mark. This was highlighted by Savannah Lentz, junior, who rounded off a perfect four out of four 3-point shots. Lentz was one of four women to hit double figure points, alongside junior Julia Torres, Dewey, and Anderson, who scored 14, 16, and 11 respectively. It was a game high for Dewey. Torres had a team-high 7 rebounds for the Griffons, and Faavae earned 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 points on the board. Western in total earned a good 10-22 3-point average, came back in rebounds 42-38, and forced 23 turnovers. Final score: 62-70 Missouri Western. Congrats, Griffons!

The team then took on BYU-Hawaii in dominant fashion with a final score of 78-49. Dewey had a career high that night when she put up 12 of her 19 total points just in the first half. She also put up 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Western had a 40.6% success rate and played an well in Hawaii. They then took their game right back to the unpredictable weather of St. Joseph to host a Thanksgiving classic that took place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26. Northwest faced William Jewell, and Missouri Western faced off against Missouri S&T. Then they would switch it up the next day with Western vs William Jewell and Northwest vs Missouri S&T.

 Missouri Western is 9th in the nation with assist turnover ratio with the turnover margin at 1.5 and 11.33. Also they claim the 12th spot for 3 point attempts in the first 5 games with 91 total. The site also says that “Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri will not play each other until conference play rolls around on Dec. 6.  The Bearcats currently rank sixth in the country with 11.3 three pointers per game and eighth for three pointers made with 34.” Rival games are always exciting, so be sure to check out the final results to Tuesday’s game on the official Griffon Athletics sports page.

At the Thanksgiving classic, the Griffons destroyed their bout with Missouri S&T with a final score of 56-87 Western. Thirty-three of their points were astonishingly made from long ranged 3 pointers, a 55% success rate (11-20) from behind that arc. Lentz stood out in this game with 5-7 shooting and a crazy 20 points on the board. According to Western’s athletic page, “Lakota Goe, senior, was 3-3 from long range and scored 13 points.” 

 With an easy win 61-45 over William Jewell to close the Holiday Inn Express/Candlewood Suites Classic, Missouri Western opened MIAA with the 2-3 Northeastern State on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The girls ran right through Northeastern at 74-50, closing into their 7-1 season so far; this brought them to a 5 straight game winning streak, and it also marked their 4th victory over Northeastern. An outstanding achievement happened when 9 out of the 11 Griffons on the court scored that night. All of them had at least 4 points on the screen. This game makes the 9th consecutive MIAA game since 2015 that Missouri Western has won, and they went off that night with a 1-0 lead in the MIAA.

 Western fell in the last 4 minutes to a tough showing by Central Missouri to lose 66-58. They dominated almost the whole game, and were, in head coach Rob Edmisson’s words, ‘out-toughed’ in the last 4 minutes. They were up by four with 4:31 left, and scored 0 out of the 5 shots they took the rest of the game. Central Missouri broke what was a 13 home game winning streak since January of this year, and they were 23-1 at home since the January before, just about undefeated for two years.

This year’s team is made different,” said Edmisson. “We need all 12 players for this team to accomplish what last year’s did. But I don’t say that as a bad thing. They are all important, and they all are starting to figure things out as we go along, like ‘Hey, I’m a primary shooter, not a secondary shooter.’ They all do their parts to make this team great, and I am so proud of them.

The Griffons took down rival Northwest for their fifth-straight win over the Bearcats of Maryville. Faave led Western with a career-high 17 points, six steals and five rebounds. Chelsea Dewey added  12 points for Western who will have a break from conference play and basketball in general. The Griffons will return to the court on Dec. 14 when they host St. Mary at the MWSU Fieldhouse. 

Missouri Western sits in fifth place in the MIAA at 8-2 (2-1).

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