Feb 13, 2020 7:20 AM

MWSU women let late lead slip away, lose at Pittsburg State 74-71

Posted Feb 13, 2020 7:20 AM

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State (13-9, 9-5) scored the final eight points to rally and defeat the Missouri Western women's basketball team (17-6, 9-5) on Wednesday night 74-71.

The Griffons built their biggest lead of the game with 2:23 left in the game, 71-66, before the Gorillas went on an 8-0 run to win a game they led for close to 23 minutes. Missouri Western had its chances in the closing seconds. Katrina Roenfeldt missed a 3-point shot with four seconds remaining in MWSU's final possession of the game. Pittsburg State had made two free throws on their prior possession to give the Gorillas the 74-71 lead. Prior to those made foul shots, the Griffons committed a turnover with 12 seconds left down by just one. Pittsburg State had built its largest lead of the game, 47-39, with 7:11 left in the third, but the Griffons rallied for a 10-0 run to take its first lead of the second half.

Missouri Western played well offensively all night, but the Gorillas were better. On the night, Pitt State shot 53.3% from 3-point range (8-15) while the Griffons were 18.8% with just three long-range makes. Pittsburg State outscored the Griffs by one in the first quarter and two in the second quarter to take a three-point lead to halftime. The teams were dead even in the second half. Pittsburg State was whistled for just eight fouls in the game, with one ruled flagrant and the other in MWSU's final possession. Five of those fouls came in the second half. The teams were nearly even from the field, with MWSU actually making five more two-point shots.

NOTABLES

- The loss left Missouri Western tied for fifth in the MIAA standings with Pittsburg State. The two teams will see each other again, Feb. 19 in St. Joseph.

- It was the seventh consecutive loss for MWSU to Pittsburg State and the eighth consecutive at John Lance Arena.

- Pittsburg State's eight fouls were the fewest by an MWSU opponent since Northwest Missouri was whistled for just seven in Maryville last February in a 66-56 Griffon win.

- The Griffon bench contributed 22 points, 16 in the first half. Logan Hughes aided that effort, scoring a career-high nine points in the first half.

Missouri Western won the rebound battle, 39-33.

- The Griffons forced 11 Pittsburg State turnovers and committed just nine with 20 assists.

- Pittsburg State made five more 3-pointers than the Griffons and went 14 of 17 at the free throw line while MWSU was 6 of 7 on foul shots.

- Corbyn Cunningham led MWSU with 22 points on 11 of 19 shooting with nine rebounds.

- Chris Wilson chipped in 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting.

- Anastacia Johnson and Katrina Roenfeldt each had five assists for the Griffons.

- Simone Walker scored eight off the bench with two assists and a block.

UP NEXT

Missouri Western will try to bounce back at Missouri Southern (7-14, 4-9) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

--- MWSU Athletics ---

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Feb 13, 2020 7:20 AM
St. Joseph Mustangs release 2020 schedule

ST. JOSEPH, MO. — The reigning 2019 MINK League Champions St. Joseph Mustangs’ 2020 season will kick off against the Chillicothe Mudcats on May 27th, 2020.

"Opening Night has turned into a festive event in our community," Mustangs general manager Ky Turner said. "Mustangs Baseball and post game fireworks-Opening Night on May 27th is the official kick off into summer. Our players are excited to return for Phil Welch experience, and our incredible home crowds. It’s such a fun atmosphere that we’ve been looking forward to since last season ended."

St. Joe's collegiate summer baseball team will welcome two new teams to the MINK League and Phil Welch Stadium this year, the Chanute (KS) Hoots and Des Moines (IA) Prospects. “There’s a lot of interest in the MINK League among communities, and we’re excited to add two great organizations,” noted Turner, who also serves as the MINK League President. Several traditions will continue in 2020, including honoring the armed forces with two home games on July 3 and July 4. Both games will feature post game fireworks.

One notable change to the schedule is the Mustangs Alumni game. “When we add more teams to the league, we also add more league games to the schedule. We really enjoy seeing some of our Mustangs legends from the past at Phil Welch, and we’ll now play the Alumni team every other year as a result of the league expansion. We will continue with a special night to host and recognize those players in the years we don’t match up on the field,” said Turner.

The 2020 season features one doubleheader at Phil Welch Stadium, against the Chillicothe Mudcats on June 12.

Excitement is all around, noted Turner. “We’ve had some great players come through the gates of Phil Welch, and Coach Coy is excited about the group for 2020. Our season ticket sales are very strong, and we’ve already sold out a number of group areas and sponsorships for 2020. The community support we see in St. Joseph is second to none. We’re working on some fun new surprises to the game day experience in 2020.”

In all, the Mustangs will play 27 home games at Phil Welch Stadium in 2020. The Mustangs finished the 2019 season averaging a record 2,469 fans per game, ranking 9th nationally.

Mustangs coach Johnny Coy will return for his third season, winning the teams 6th MINK League Title in 2019.

Season tickets for 2020 are available by visiting Phil Welch Stadium or calling 816-279-STJO (7856).  Click here to view the entire 2020 schedule.

--- Mustangs Press Release ---