MIAA's four undefeated squads looking to keep marks perfect

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are four MIAA women's basketball schools that are without a loss after two weeks of regular season action, and all four will be trying to keep their records unblemished this week.

Of the quartet, only one has two games in the next seven days -- that being Missouri Southern (4-0, 0-0 MIAA). The Lions host Webster (Mo.) Wednesday (Nov. 28) and follows up by hosting regionalfoe St. Edward's (Texas) Saturday afternoon (Dec. 1).

Southern will be sporting a different look when Webster visits Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The Lions will be sporting pink uniforms, which will be auctioned off following the game.

The proceeds from the auction -- along with donations for admission and concessions -- will benefit the American Cancer Society and Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation.

Northwest Missouri State (4-0, 0-0 MIAA), also is in action Wednesday, as the Bearcats host South Dakota at Bearcat Arena.

Truman (4-0, 0-0 MIAA) will host Lincoln (Mo.) Saturday at Pershing Arena. It will be the Bulldogs' second meeting of the season with the Blue Tigers -- they defeated LU at Jefferson City, Mo., by a 61-51 count back on Nov. 17.

The LU game also has been designated as the Bill Cable Purple & White Game. The Truman men's and women's teams are raising money to benefit Parkinson's Disease research that day in the name of the school's former sports information director.

Washburn (5-0, 0-0 MIAA), which climbed three spots to No. 3 in the first regular season release of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association/USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25, is idle until Tuesday (Dec. 4), when the Lady Blues travel to Missouri-St. Louis.

The UMSL Tritons (their new nickname introduced this season after being known as the Riverwomen) are coached by former WU assistant Lisa Curliss-Taylor. She is assisted by former Lady Blue Lora Westling.

Seventh-ranked Emporia State (3-1, 0-0 MIAA) will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season when Evangel (Mo.) comes to White Auditorium Monday night (Dec. 3).

Two MIAA squads are in tournament action this weekend on the road. Pittsburg State (3-1, 0-0 MIAA) heads to the Arkansas-Monticello Tournament starting Friday (Nov. 30). The Gorillas will open against the Lady Riders of Southern Arkansas, then face the host Cotton Blossoms the next day.

PSU comes home Tuesday to entertain Lincoln (Mo.).

Central Missouri (2-2, 0-0 MIAA) goes to the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament Friday. The Jennies face the host and future league foe UNO on day one before wrapping it up Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato.

Fort Hays State (2-1, 0-0 MIAA) joins PSU as the busiest MIAA squad over the next seven days with three games on tap.

The Tigers go to longtime rival Nebraska-Kearney Thursday (Nov. 29), and then heads south to face regional foe Oklahoma Panhandle State for their second meeting of the season against the Lady Aggies Saturday. OPSU won the first game at Gross Memorial Coliseum, 66-59, last Wednesday (Nov. 21).

FHSU returns home Monday to host McPherson (Kan.).

Southwest Baptist (2-1, 0-0 MIAA) hosts a pair of games in a three-day span. The Lady Bearcats have Missouri Baptist coming to the Meyer Sports Center Saturday, then Harris-Stowe (Mo.) State is slated to visit Monday.

Missouri Western (2-2, 0-0 MIAA), which dropped out of the Top 25 after being ranked 17th in the preseason, is idle over the next seven days after leveling its record with a 97-71 home win last Tuesday (Nov. 26) over Park (Mo.).

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

The Olpe, Kan., native enters the weekend with 1,827 points and 808 rebounds. She's 22 points from passing Washburn's Brooke Ubelaker (2003-07 -- 1,848) for 10th on the scoring list.

Stueve is 10 away from passing Southwest Baptist's Shari Grady (1996-2000 -- 817) for 10th place on the rebounds list, and needs 16 to surpass former Lady Hornet Emily Bloss (1997-2001 -- 823) for ninth.

She has a chance to become just the third member of the MIAA's 2000-1000 club -- needing 183 points and 192 rebounds to be the first addition to the club since Central Missouri's Tammy Wilson did it in 1989.

LADY BLUES AVENGE TOURNEY LOSS TO LIONS: Washburn avenged last season's loss to Texas A&M-Commerce in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional final, rallying from a halftime deficit for a 79-76 win Friday (Nov. 23) in the women's finale of the WU Capitol Plaza Hotel/AM-580 WIBW Radio Holiday Classic.

The Lady Blues were down by six at one point in the first half, and trailed by four at the halftime break, 29-25.

A 12-1 run over the first 4:10 of the second half, sparked by the first of a pair of treys by senior G Corkey Stiger, gave WU a 37-30 lead.

The Lady Blues held a 47-43 lead with 11:38 to go, but the Lions scored 10 of the next 12 points to regain a 53-29 lead with 10:07 left. TAMUC's Britney Jordan scored eight of her game-high 39 points in that stretch.

Washburn then answered with a 16-6 outburst to regain the lead for good. Senior F Amanda Holmes had seven points and freshman G/F Hope Gregory added five in the run.

Stiger led WU, tying a career-high with 25 points. Holmes added 12 points and Gregory posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

PUT-BACKS: Missouri Southern allowed Saint Mary (Kan.) to make 1-of-24 shots from the field in the first half, as the Lions downed the Spires, 66-29, Friday (Nov. 23) at the Pittsburg State Pizza Hut/Comfort Inn Thanksgiving Classic -- MSSU held USM to 7-of-49 (14.3 percent) from the field for the game... Central Missouri senior G Lindsey Maple climbed to 16th on the Jennies' career scoring list -- she enters the week with 1,123 points... MSSU senior C Fatai Hala'Api'Api was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and posted her second double-double in as many days with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Quincy (Ill.) at the PSU Classic... Hala'Api'Api, ESU senior F Michelle Stueve and Truman junior C Georgia Mueller each have 2 double-doubles this season -- accounting for more than half of the MIAA's total so far in 2007-08... PSU senior G Liz Witte is averaging 3.00 three-point goals per game -- the Gorillas averaged 3.26 as a team last season.

MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

For the week of action ending Nov. 25

Michelle Stueve, F
Emporia State University

Stueve (pronounced STEE-vee), a 6-foot-2 senior from Olpe, Kan., averaged 25.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals and made 66.7 percent of her three-point attempts as the No. 3 Lady Hornets split a pair of games at the Cameron (Okla.) Powerade Thanksgiving Classic last weekend.

She scored 20 of her 27 points against the host Lady Aggies in the second half, as ESU defeated Cameron, 80-60, Friday night (Nov. 23). Stueve was 5-of-9 from three-point range, 8-of-14 from the field overall against CU, with six boards, two assists and two steals.

In a 71-66 loss to Central Oklahoma the next day, she had a game-high 24 points and hauled in 16 rebounds before fouling out for the first time since Jan. 11, 2006.

Stueve was 7-of-9 from three-point range against the Lady Bronchos, and became the first ESU women's player to score at least 20 points in each of the team's first four games since U.S. Olympian Patricia Roberts did it in 1975-76.

Stueve, a 2006-07 Kodak/WBCA Division II All-America selection, is a graduate of Olpe High School.

Others Nominated: Tierra Ford, F, MWSU; Fatai Hala'Api'Api, C, MSSU; Lindsey Maple, G, UCM; Georgia Mueller, F, TSU; Erica Souza, G, SBU; Corkey Stiger, G, WU; Lauren Williams, F, NWMSU.

Previous Winners: 11/19 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU.

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