MIAA Women's Basketball Report No. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tournaments hosted by sixth-ranked Washburn (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) and Pittsburg State (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) highlight the Thanksgiving weekend schedule for MIAA women's basketball.

The Lady Blues host the AM-580 WIBW Radio / Premier Mortgage Holiday Classic starting Thursday (Nov. 22) at Lee Arena. WU has Rockhurst (Mo.), defending regional champion and 12th-ranked Texas A&M-Commerce and Long Island-C.W. Post (N.Y.) coming to town.

The Lady Blues will get another shot at the Commerce Lions, who knocked Washburn out in the regional championship game last season. They'll on Friday (Nov. 23), after WU plays C.W. Post on Turkey Day.

PSU hosts its second tournament in as many weekends when the Pizza Hut/Comfort Inn Thanksgiving Classic takes place at John Lance Arena. Missouri Southern (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) faces Saint Mary (Kan.) on Friday, while PSU has Quincy (Ill.) on tap. The Lionsand Gorillas swap opponents for the next day's action.

No. 3 Emporia State (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) and Northwest Missouri State (2-0, 0-0 MIAA) are also in action at tournaments starting Friday. The Lady Hornets head to the Sooner State for the Cameron (Okla.) Aggie Thanksgiving Classic, while the Bearcats are at the Montana State-Billings Yellowjacket Classic.

ESU faces a pair of South Central Region opponents in the host Lady Aggies and Central Oklahoma. Northwest will open with Montana State-Billings, then take on Mary (N.D.) on Saturday (Nov. 24).

Fort Hays State (1-0, 0-0 MIAA) hosts regional foe Oklahoma Panhandle State Wednesday (Nov. 21), then the Tigers don't return to action until Colorado Mines heads to Hays Tuesday (Nov. 27).

The Jennies of Central Missouri (1-2, 0-0 MIAA) will aim to get back to the .500 mark as Evangel (Mo.) comes to the Multipurpose Building Saturday.

The 17th-ranked Missouri Western Griffons (1-1, 0-0 MIAA) have a regional match-up at Northeastern (Okla.) State Saturday before opening their home schedule with Park (Mo.) Tuesday.

Truman (3-0, 0-0 MIAA) is idle until Illinois-Springfield comes to Pershing Arena on Tuesday.

WU PUTS UP THE TREYS IN WIN OVER BAKER: Washburn tied a school-record with 15 three-point goals in a 84-39 home win over Baker (Kan.) Tuesday night (Nov. 20) at Lee Arena.

The last time WU made 15 treys in a game was against Lincoln (Mo.) on Dec. 16 of last season.

Washburn was 15-of-30 from the arc (50 percent) -- better from there than inside the line (16-of-35 -- 45.7 percent).

Junior G Janice Bright was 3-of-3 from the three-point line and led the Lady Blues with 20 points. Senior G Corkey Stiger was 5-of-7 from long range and added 19 points.

STUEVE WATCH: Emporia State senior F Michelle Stueve is about to crack the MIAA's career top 10s in both scoring and rebounds.

The Olpe, Kan., native enters the weekend with 1,776 points and 790 rebounds. She's 27 rebounds away from tying Southwest Baptist's Shari Grady (1996-2000 -- 817) for 10th place, and is 72 points from matching Washburn's Brooke Ubelaker (2003-07 -- 1,848) on the scoring list.

She has a chance to become just the third member of the MIAA's 2000-1000 club -- needing 224 points and 210 rebounds to be the first new member since Central Missouri's Tammy Wilson did it in 1989.

NEW COACHES WIN IN DEBUTS: The MIAA's two new head coaches claimed victories in the first games with their respective teams Friday (Nov. 16).

Pittsburg State's Lane Lord guided the Gorillas to a 78-72 win over Central Oklahoma to open the Chatters/Open MRI Roundball Classic at John Lance Arena.

Lord, who came to PSU after a successful run at Barton County (Kan.) CC, got 25 points from senior G Liz Witte. The transfer from Division I Idaho was 7-of-15 from three-point range.

Missouri Western's Lynn Plett earned an 86-82 victory over Texas Woman's at the Emporia State Candlewood Suites/Mix 104.9 Classic.

Senior F Jill Johnson, returning to action after missing last postseason with an arm injury, scored a career-high 30 points with nine rebounds. Senior G Yanique Javois added 25 -- going 5-of-7 from the three-point line.

RECORD-SETTING BULLDOGS: Truman set a school record scoring defense in a game as the Bulldogs downed Central Christian (Mo.), 102-20, Thursday (Nov. 15) at Moberly, Mo.

The 20 points allowed is tied for second-fewest in MIAA history and bettered the old school mark of 23 set against Missouri-Rolla in 2001-02.

The Bulldogs also had a school-record 10 blocked shots in a 72-53 home win Tuesday (Nov. 20) against William Penn (Iowa).

Junior F Georgia Mueller had seven of the 10 swat-aways to go with 24 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. She's averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in Truman's first three games.

MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

For the week of action ending Nov. 18

Cassondra Boston, G
Emporia State University

Boston, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, averaged 25.0 points and 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals and was named Most Valuable Player of the ESU Candlewood Suites/Mix 104.9 Classic last weekend.

She scored a career-high 34 points, making 9-of-10 three-point attempts, with four assists and two steals in the Lady Hornets' 81-63 win over Cameron (Okla.) Friday (Nov. 16).

The nine treys set a school single-game record, passing the mark of eight set by Andi McAlexander in the 2004-05 season, and are the most by an MIAA player since Southwest Baptist's Amber Wheeler had nine during the 2003-04 season. She hit eight in a row -- two shy of the MIAA record for most consecutive threes without a miss.

In an 83-67 win over Texas Woman's the next night, Boston scored 16 points with six assists and three steals.

She shot 14-of-26 from the field, including 10-of-14 from the arc, and 12-of-18 at the free throw line for the weekend.

Boston, the 2006-07 MIAA Freshman of the Year, is a graduate of Hoover High School.

Others Nominated: Brianna Buchanan, G, PSU; Deidra Dace, G, UCM; Andrea Dill, F, NWMSU; Jill Johnson, F, MWSU; Robin Kantin, G, MSSU Erika Souza, G, SBU.

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