St. Joseph Post
The Missouri Western women's basketball team stopped its three-game skid Thursday night in a 78-54 win over Missouri Southern at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
It marked the first win at home for the Griffons since Dec. 3.
The Griffons improve to 4-11 this season, while Southern drops to 7-11.
Western struggled to start the game, making just 1-of-9 shots and falling behind 13-6. The Griffons dominated the second quarter, ending the first half on a 17-3 run and taking a 36-23 lead to the locker room.
Missouri Western continued to extend their lead as Missouri Southern never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
The Griffons led 60-42 after three and put the game away with a 13-1 run to start the fourth.
Brionna Budgetts and Logan Hughes led the Griffons with 14 points each, while Mary Fultz added 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
Camille Evans had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and tied a career-high with five steals.
Missouri Western shot their second-best percentage of the season at 49.1% (28-57). The Griffons outrebounded the Lions 42-31 and forced 19 turnovers, including 15 steals.
The Griffons suffered their seventh straight loss Thursday as they fell to Missouri Southern, 103-94. The Griffons fall to 8-8 on the season.
Missouri Southern dominated the first ten minutes, scoring the first nine points and eventually leading 30-4 just past the midway point of the first half.
Southern shot 67.4% (23-34) in the first half and took a commanding 54-23 at halftime. Western shot just 10-of-26 in the first 20 minutes and made 1-of-9 three-pointers.
The Griffons fought back after halftime, using a 20-6 run to start the second half and they got the lead down to 17 with 16:14 left.
Southern found their rhythm again, however, and pushed the lead back to 72-45 just two minutes later.
Missouri Western scored 71 second half points to set a school record for points in a half. The previous best in a half was 70 by the 2001-02 team against Lincoln on November 24, 2001.
Tyrell Carroll had 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and Reese Glover scored all 21 of his points after halftime.
Q Mays added 16 points - 14 of those were in the second half. Missouri Southern outrebounded MWSU 42-32 and they outscored the Griffs in the paint, 58-30.
The seven-game losing streak is the longest for Missouri Western since a seven-game skid during the 2017-18 season.
The Griffons stay at home against Pittsburg State Saturday. The women tip at 1:30 p.m. and the men will follow at 3:30 at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
Both games will be on KFEQ Radio (680 AM, 95.3 FM).