KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A trio of MIAA women's basketball teams will be headed to the nation's 50th state for pre-holiday tournament action starting Monday (Dec. 17).
No. 14 Emporia State (4-2, 0-0 MIAA), Northwest Missouri State (4-2, 0-0 MIAA) and Truman (6-1, 0-0 MIAA) will be jetting to the Aloha State for the annual Hoop 'N' Surf Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Bearcats open play Monday at 4 p.m., CST, with their first meeting against the Silverswords of Chaminade (Hawaii). The Truman Bulldogs face the Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors next at 6 p.m., CST, while the Lady Hornets battle No. 23 Shaw (N.C.) at 8 p.m., CST.
The next day, Northwest will face regional foe Angelo (Texas) State at 4 p.m., CST. Truman plays Shaw next, while ESU faces a regional opponent as well in Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Emporia State and Northwest will have one game on Friday (Dec. 14) prior to jetting across the pacific. The Lady Hornets host Central Methodist (Mo.), while the Bearcats head to Nebraska-Omaha.
No. 8 Washburn (6-1, 0-0 MIAA) and Central Missouri (4-3, 0-0 MIAA) are bound for Florida and the Cruzin' Classic in Fort Lauderdale.
The Lady Blues start play Tuesday (Dec. 18) against Cameron (Okla.). The Jennies open Wednesday (Dec. 19) with Bellarmine (Ky.).
Both WU and UCM are in action against South Central opponents Dec. 20, with the Lady Blues taking on Central Oklahoma and UCM facing Cameron.
Though not in as tropical a locale as Florida or Hawaii, the Missouri Western Griffons (3-2, 0-0 MIAA) and Pittsburg State (5-2, 0-0 MIAA) Gorillas will be in tournament action as well at the Henderson (Ark.) State Tournament starting Monday.
The Griffons play Southern Arkansas to begin the action, while the Gorillas take on the host Lady Reddies in the late game. PSU posted a 73-59 win over HSU in its season-opening tournament back on Nov. 17.
Western and PSU swap opponents for the next day's action.
Undefeated and 24th-ranked Missouri Southern (7-0, 0-0 MIAA) plays at Northeastern (Okla.) State Monday, then concludes non-conference play at home against Evangel (Mo.) Wednesday.
Southwest Baptist (5-1, 0-0 MIAA) has three games over the next eight days -- two at home. The Lady Bearcats start the week by hosting William Woods (Mo.) on Monday. They'll travel to Lincoln (Mo.) the next day, then host the Cotton Blossoms of Arkansas-Monticello Dec. 20.
Fort Hays State (5-3, 0-0 MIAA) is idle until concluding non-conference action Dec. 29 at home against Saint Mary (Kan.).
STUEVE WATCH: Emporia State senior F Michelle Stueve jumped into the MIAA career rebounding leaders list after cracking the league scoring Top 10 last week.
The Olpe, Kan., native had 12 rebounds to go with 19 points in the Lady Hornets 58-51 home loss to Harris-Stowe (Mo.) State Saturday night (Dec. 8).
She passed Southwest Baptist's Shari Grady (1996-2000 -- 817) and ESU's Emily Bloss (1997-2001 -- 823) to take over ninth place with 828 boards.
With 1,868 points, she is 48 from passing Bloss (1997-2001 -- 1,915) for ninth on the league scoring list.
Stueve has a chance to become just the third member of the MIAA's 2000-1000 club -- needing 132 points and 172 rebounds to be the first addition since Central Missouri's Tammy Wilson in 1989.
WESTERN KNOCKS OFF AUGUSTANA: The Missouri Western Griffons used a 21-8 first-half run to get control as they knocked off then-No. 14 Augustana (S.D.), 79-75, Saturday night (Dec. 8) at the Looney Complex.
Western was down, 13-6, in the game's first four minutes to the Vikings. Consecutive three-point goals from senior F Jill Johnson, senior G/F Yanique Javois and freshman G Lauren Nolke put the Griffons in front, 15-13, with 14:22 left in the half.
The two squads traded the lead a few times before a 7-0 spurt spurred by a go-ahead layup from senior G Chemia Woods gave Western a 27-21 lead with 8:17 left in the opening stanza.
The Vikings got within two points four times in the final minutes of the half, but Western scored six of the last seven points of the period for a 49-39 halftime lead. MWSU made 18-of-32 from the field (56.3 percent) in the first half -- 7-of-11 from the three-point arc.
The Griffons led by as many as 14 points early in the second half before Augustana started to come back. The Vikings slowly whittled the margin to four by the 6:42 mark, and had it down to one with 3:15 left.
Western scored six of the last nine points in the game to get the win.
Javois scored 25 points to lead the Griffons while Johnson added 22. Nolke had 11 off the bench.
ROUGH DAY FOR LADY BLUES, LADY HORNETS: The two MIAA squads ranked in the WBCA Division II Top 10 last week both took losses last Saturday (Dec. 8).
The then-No. 3 Lady Blues went to Springfield and lost to then-No. 12 Drury (Mo.), 66-47. WU shot just 30.4 percent from the field for the game -- including 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) in the second half.
The Lady Blues rallied from a 9-0 deficit to knot the game five times before getting a 23-19 lead with less than five minutes left in the first half on back-to-back buckets by junior G Jessica Mainz.
Drury scored nine of the last 11 points of the period to claim a 28-25 halftime lead. The Lady Panthers then extended the advantage to 12 with a 10-1 run to begin the second half. WU would get the deficit down to eight, but no further.
Senior G Corkey Stiger was the only Lady Blue in double figures with 14 points.
The then No. 7 Lady Hornets fell at home in a non-conference game for the first time since 1995 -- a 58-51 loss to Harris-Stowe (Mo.) State, the No. 23 team in the NAIA at the time.
The 51 points are the fewest scored by ESU since falling to Washburn, 63-51, in the 2005 NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship game.
Senior F Michelle Stueve led ESU with 19 points and 12 rebounds while junior F Allie Renberg had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
ESU played without starting sophomore G Cassondra Boston, who is out with an ankle injury.
PUT-BACKS: UCM senior C Jojuana Jones scored eight of her 14 points in overtime to spur thee Jennies to a 72-62 home win over William Jewell (Mo.) Thursday (Dec. 6) -- she added 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season... Senior F Brianna Willhite and senior G Sheena Kuntzsch earned All-Tournament honors for Fort Hays State at the Humboldt (Calif.) State North Coast Inn Classic -- the Tigers went 2-0 with wins over Hawaii-Hilo and Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) last weekend... Truman junior C Georgia Mueller posted two more double-doubles last week, including a 22-point, 15-rebound effort in the Bulldogs' first loss of the season, an 86-69 setback at Quincy (Ill.) Dec. 5.
MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week
For the week of action ending Dec. 9
Yanique Javois, F
Missouri Western State University
Javois, a 5-foot-9 senior from St. Joseph, Mo., scored 18 of her 25 points in the first half to help the Griffons knock off No. 14-ranked Augustana (S.D.) Saturday night (Dec. 8), 79-75.
She made 8-of-9 from the field in the first half, as Missouri Western claimed a 10-point halftime lead on the Vikings. She was 2-for-2 from long range in 17 first-half minutes -- the first cut Augustana's lead to one, 13-12, at 13:47, with the other coming 90 seconds later to put the Griffons on top, 18-16.
Javois finished 11-of-15 from the floor -- including 3-of-5 from the three-point line. She also grabbed five rebounds, had four steals and three assists. It is the third time this season she has scored at least 25 points in a game.
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; Briana Buchanan, G, PSU; Jojuana Jones, C, UCM; Robin Kantin, G, MSSU; Sheena Kuntzsch, G, FHSU; Georgia Mueller, F, TSU; Erika Souza, G, SBU; Michelle Stueve, F, ESU.
Previous Winners: 11/19 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; 11/26 -- Michelle Stueve, F, ESU; 12/3 -- Yanique Javois, F, MWSU.