The Missouri Western 3omen’s basketball team made tremendous improvement during the 2019-2020 season finishing with a 21-8 record.
Led by new head coach Candice Whitaker, the Griffons improved their record by seven wins over the 2018-2019 season.
After losing their first game of the season to Concordia University, the Griffons came back winning game four of the season hitting 100 resulting in an almost 50-point victory over the Flames.
After a stretch of competitive play, the Griffons entered December with five-consecutive wins. The Central Missouri Mules broke that run, but that didn’t stop the Griffons from beginning a seven-game hot streak against Lincoln University, winning 66-47.
This was their first MIAA win of 2019 extending the streak through December into January. The Griffons continued the season never losing more than two games in a row.
Game 14 of the conference tournament saw the Griffons lose a hard-fought battle against Pittsburg State, making that their fifth loss of four or less points and their second home loss of the season. The Gorillas and the Griffons switched the lead in most points scored each quarter making fourth quarter up for grabs. With less than ten seconds on the clock, an attempt to score from the Griffons was intercepted allowing the Gorillas to take the win, 61-59.
The Griffons left it all on the court for their last two regular season games winning both by more than twenty points. The Griffons reached their 20th win of the season for the first time since 2017 against their rivals the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, 77-49. Statistically, the Griffons had one of the best seasons in recent years in terms of points per game with 71.2 being the average. The Griffons haven’t exceeded that average since 2015-2016 season (82.1).
The Griffons played their final game against Nebraska-Kearney in the MIAA Championship quarterfinals but lost due to missed shots in the field giving UNK a 12-point lead going into halftime, 39-27. Griffons outscored UNK both third and fourth quarter but didn’t have enough cushion to advance ending with 68-52 as the final score.
There were several student athletes that earned recognition of achievement and career highs throughout the 2019-20 season. Katrina Roenfeldt received the MIAA Scholar Athlete award, third team All-MIAA, had a season high of twenty points and she is apart of the MIAA academic honor roll. Chris Wilson received All-MIAA honorable mention while Kylee Williams started all 29 games and had a season high of 15 points. Anastacia Johnson received MIAA All-Defensive Team, accumulated 47 steals, and had a season high of 20
A number of newcomers contributed greatly this season starting with junior Corbyn Cunningham, who earned All-MIAA First Team, led the team in scoring rebounds, had a season high of 34 points and a season high of 16 rebounds. Freshman Logan Hughes played in all 29 games and was second on the team with a total of 14 blocks. Senior Tamia Cunigan added 36 assists for the Griffons this season.
The Griffon finished the season 13-19 in MIAA play.