KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As the end of the fall semester approaches at most MIAA schools, thoughts of final examinations are creeping into the heads of student-athletes around the league.
Third-ranked Washburn (6-0, 0-0 MIAA) faces a big on-court test this Saturday (Dec. 8) when the Lady Blues play at No. 12 Drury (Mo.).
These two programs were South Central Region rivals before the Lady Panthers went from the Heartland Conference to the Great Lakes Valley Conference a few years back.
WU is 5-0 after dispatching another GLVC squad on the road, Missouri-St. Louis, Tuesday (Dec. 4). Drury is 4-1 with a home win over Harris-Stowe (Mo.) State the same evening.
Two other MIAA teams remain with Washburn in the ranks of the undefeated -- Missouri Southern (6-0, 0-0 MIAA) and Truman (5-0, 0-0 MIAA).
The Truman Bulldogs hit the highway to face interstate-rival Quincy (Ill.) Wednesday night (Dec. 5). John Sloop's squad opened the season with five straight wins for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Truman follows up with a home date Saturday against Rockhurst (Mo.).
Southern, fresh off finishing a season sweep of St. Edwards (Texas) last weekend, faces another Heartland Conference squad with a trip Oklahoma Panhandle State Friday (Dec. 7).
Southwest Baptist (4-1, 0-0 MIAA) takes a three-game winning streak into a Saturday home date with the Quincy Lady Hawks. The Lady Bearcats took care of Harris-Stowe State Monday night (Dec. 3).
The game with QU is the fourth of five in a row at the Meyer Sports Center for SBU.
Northwest Missouri State (4-1, 0-0 MIAA) will aim to bounce back from its first loss of the season when the Bearcats head to Arkansas Tech Saturday. Northwest fell at home to South Dakota, 79-56, last Wednesday (Nov. 28).
Seventh-ranked Emporia State (4-1, 0-0 MIAA) has a home date with Harris-Stowe State Saturday at White Auditorium in the battle of the Hornets.
After splitting a pair of games at the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament last weekend, Central Missouri (3-3, 0-0 MIAA) returns to action at the Multipurpose Building Thursday (Dec. 6) when William Jewell (Mo.) comes to town.
Fort Hays State (3-3, 0-0 MIAA) is the only MIAA squad in a tournament this weekend. The Tigers face Hawaii-Hilo and Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) in the North Coast Inn Classic at Hayward (Calif.) State.
FHSU pulled back to .500 with a home win over McPherson (Kan.) Monday.
Missouri Western (2-2, 0-0 MIAA) returns to action for the first time since Nov. 27, as the Griffons host Augustana (S.D.) Saturday night.
Pittsburg State (5-2, 0-0 MIAA), is idle until Dec. 17. The Gorillas finished their non-conference home slate with a win over Lincoln (Mo.) Tuesday night.
STUEVE WATCH: Emporia State senior F Michelle Stueve has cracked the MIAA's career scoring list, and is close to doing the same on the rebounds chart.
The Olpe, Kan., native scored 22 points in the Lady Hornets' 82-54 home win over Evangel (Mo.) Monday night (Dec. 3), exactly the total needed to pass Washburn's Brooke Ubelaker (2003-07 -- 1,848) for 10th place.
She 67 points from passing former Lady Hornet Emily Bloss (1997-2001 -- 1,915) for ninth.
Stueve had eight rebounds against the Lady Crusaders, leaving her one shy of equalling Southwest Baptist's Shari Grady (1996-2000 -- 817) for 10th. She's seven behind Bloss (823), who is ranked ninth.
She has a chance to become just the third member of the MIAA's 2000-1000 club -- needing 161 points and 184 rebounds to be the first addition since Central Missouri's Tammy Wilson in 1989.
LIONS RAISE MORE THAN $6,000 FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH: The Missouri Southern State University athletics department teamed with Freeman and St. John's Hospitals, as well as the American Cancer Society and the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, to put on a Breast Cancer Awareness Night this past Wednesday night at the Southern women's basketball game against Webster (Mo.).
Commemorative pink uniforms which the Lions wore were auctioned off during the game, garnering $3,152 for the 13 jerseys. The more than 1,100 fans that came through the doors at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center donated $2,125.40 into collection boxes.
More than $850 in concessions ran the total to $6,035.25 to be split between ACS and Hope 4 You, after printing costs for fliers were subtracted.
PUT-BACKS: Truman junior F Georgia Mueller collected her MIAA-leading third double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds in a 61-57 home win over Lincoln (Mo.) Saturday (Dec. 1)... Junior G/F Courtney Creed (20 points, 11 rebounds) and senior C Kelly Reinkemeyer (17 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles in Southwest Baptist's 79-67 win over Harris-Stowe (Mo.) State Monday (Dec. 3)... The MIAA's leader in blocks during the volleyball season, Pittsburg State's Linda Igbinigie, has joined the Gorillas basketball team -- she has four blocked shots in her first three games.
MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week
For the week of action ending Dec. 2
Yanique Javois, F
Missouri Western State University
Javois, a 5-foot-9 senior from St. Joseph, Mo., scored 12 of the Griffons' first 24 points during a career-best 33-point performance in a 97-71 home win over Park (Mo.) last Tuesday (Nov. 27).
Her initial outburst came in the first 7:40 of the game, as she was perfect on five shots from the field, including a pair of treys. Western opened the game 10-of-13 from the field and held a 23-17 lead at that point.
Javois finished the half with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor, 3-of-3 from the arc, as the Griffons held a 50-41 halftime lead.
In 33 minutes, she was 15-of 19 from the field, and 3-of-5 from long range. javois added one rebound, three assists and a steal.
As a team, MWSU made 57.8 percent (37-of-64) of its tries from the field.
Javois is a graduate of Lafayette High School, and transferred to Western from Saint Louis (Mo.) University following her sophomore season.
Others Nominated: Meghan Brue, G, NWMSU; Lindsey Maple, G, UCM; Ivaney Marquez, G, MSSU; Georgia Mueller, F, TSU; Erica Souza, G, SBU; Corkey Stiger, G, WU.
Previous Winners: 11/19 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; 11/26 -- Michelle Stueve, F, ESU.