KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The second week of MIAA women's basketball action starts with a renewal of a rivalry which recently has seen both squads ranked in the WBCA Top 25.
The fourth-ranked Washburn Lady Blues (10-1, 2-0 MIAA) play the first of three straight road games Wednesday (Jan. 9) at No. 16 Emporia State (8-3, 1-1 MIAA) in the 73rd renewal of the Turnpike Tussle.
WU has won four in a row since suffering its only loss, at No. 8 Drury Dec. 8. The Lady Hornets will be aiming to bounce back from having a four-game win streak snapped in their last outing at Southwest Baptist (9-2, 1-1 MIAA).
Truman (10-1, 2-0 MIAA) hopes to extend its best start in school history when the Bulldogs travel to Fort Hays State (6-5, 0-2 MIAA).
The Bulldogs have won five straight since a Dec. 5 road setback against Quincy (Ill.). The Truman defense has held its last five foes to 65 points or less -- a good sign for the Bulldogs as the Tigers, owners of the MIAA's lowest scoring offense (64.2 ppg), come up on the slate.
Northwest Missouri State (7-4, 2-0 MIAA) will be trying to stay atop the conference standings as the Bearcats prepare to visit defending MIAA regular season champion Missouri Western (6-4, 1-1 MIAA).
Northwest has cracked the century mark twice in the last four games. Senior C Mandi Schumacher has been a key to that success, averaging 20.4 ppg in her last five outings.
The Griffons have been battling a lack of depth due to injuries, and are looking to avoid a third loss in their last five games.
Should Washburn and Northwest come out of Wednesday with victories, those two squads will meet Saturday (Jan. 12) in Maryville.
Like new Western head coach Lynn Plett gets his first taste of the Griffons/Bearcats rivalry, the new mentor at Pittsburg State (7-4, 1-1 MIAA) -- Lane Lord -- gets his initial experience in the Gorillas' rivalry with No. 23 Missouri Southern (9-2, 0-2 MIAA).
The Lions have dropped two of their three games played without senior G Robin Kantin in the lineup -- she's been out with an injury and not seen action since Dec. 17.
Pitt State is 3-3 over its last six games, and in the midst of a string of three in a row away from home which concludes Saturday at ESU.
Two teams with coaches poised to climb the MIAA's career coaching victories list meet in Warrensburg, as Central Missouri (5-6, 0-2 MIAA) hosts Southwest Baptist.
Jennies head coach David Slifer needs one win to get sole possession of second place on the list -- he's tied with former UCM and MSSU coach Scott Ballard with 269 wins at MIAA schools. Central Missouri has dropped its last three and are 0-2 in the conference for the first time under Slifer.
SBU bench boss Jim Middleton is tied with ex-Washburn taskmaster Patty Dick for seventh with 227 wins -- one more and he ties former UCM coach Jon Pye for sixth. The Lady Bearcats have won eight of their last nine.
STUEVE WATCH: Emporia State senior F Michelle Stueve continues to climb both the MIAA's career scoring and rebounding lists.
The Olpe, Kan., native passed Central Missouri's Barb Sorensen (1986-90 -- 1,977) for eighth on the scoring list with 15 points at Southwest Baptist last Saturday (Jan. 5). With 1,978 points, she needs 22 points to been the league's eighth 2,000-point scorer and 46 points to pass Missouri-St. Louis' Monica Steinhoff (1988-92 -- 2,023) for seventh.
Also in the SBU game, Stueve moved into seventh on the career rebounding list with 13 rebounds, passing UCM's Rachel Matakas (1993-96 -- 855). She needs 34 rebounds to pass SBU's Gwyn Smith (2001-05 -- 905) for sixth.
Stueve has a chance to become just the third member of the MIAA's 2000-1000 club -- needing 22 points and 128 rebounds to be the first addition since Central Missouri's Tammy Wilson in 1989.
Central Missouri: Senior C Jojuana Jones logged 23 rebounds in UCM's loss at Pitt State Wednesday (Jan. 2) -- third-most in MIAA history and most since former Jennie Rachel Matakas had 25 in a 1994-95 game... Senior G Lindsey Maple had her string of double-figure scoring efforts snapped at eight after scoring two vs. PSU... With 1,254 career points, Maple needs 20 more to reach 14th on the school's scoring list.
Emporia State: The Lady Hornets rallied from 11 points down to tie SBU with 1:15 left, but couldn't get the lead... ESU had 23 turnovers vs. the Lady Bearcats, the seventh time this season the team has logged 20 or more... Five Lady Hornets scored in double figures against SBU... Senior F Michelle Stueve has scored in double figures for 29 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Fort Hays State: Senior F Brianna Wilhite logged a career high with 23 points in the loss to ESU... The Tigers were 7-of-13 at the foul line against the Lady Hornets... Sophomore G Naomi Bancroft did not score at Northwest, marking the first time since playing the Bearcats in Hays last season (a span of 24 games played) she failed to register a point... Bancroft has just three points in three career games vs. Northwest.
Missouri Southern: Senior F Fatai Hala'Api'Api just missed matching her career high with 26 points in the home loss to Western Saturday (Jan. 5)... Hala'Api'Api has averaged 20.7 points over her last three games... Junior G India Wood had eight assists -- one off her career high -- vs. Western... Senior G Ela Zawadka grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the loss at Truman Wednesday.
Missouri Western: Senior F Jill Johnson scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half against Southern Junior G Amanda Thomas missed the MSSU game after being involved in an auto accident the day before... Senior G Chemia Woods is averaging 12.3 points over her last three games, and logged eight assists (one off of her career high) against the Lions... F Tierra Ford leads the MIAA in freshman scoring (9.7 ppg).
Northwest Missouri State: Senior C Mandi Schumacher logged a season-best 23 points vs. Southwest Baptist, and has averaged 11.7 rebounds in the last three games... Senior G Kelli Nelson has made 16-of-30 from three-point range over her last five games -- making 5-of-9 in the win over Fort Hays State to finish with 17 points... Nelson had 22 points with six treys vs. SBU, and has averaged 14.5 points in her last four games.
Pittsburg State: Sophomore G DePrice Taylor drove the length of the floor and made a driving layup with 6.9 seconds capping PSU's rally from 10 points down to defeat Central Missouri, 60-58... Junior G Briana Buchanan had 13 points to lead the Gorillas past the Jennies... Freshman G/F Laura Glenn tallied a career-high 14 points to pace at Truman, just the school's second loss in the last 11 games vs. the Bulldogs.
Southwest Baptist: Senior G Erika Souza logged nine assists in back-to-back games last week, making it three nine-assist efforts in her last six games... Souza tallied a team-high 25 points in the loss at Northwest... The Lady Bearcats snapped an 11-game losing skid to ESU with their win Saturday (Jan. 5)... Junior G Cortney Shewmaker led SBU with 16 points, as she made 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the field for the week.
Truman: Junior F Georgia Mueller passed Sarah Sommer for 13th on Truman's career scoring list with her last bucket vs. Pitt State raising her total to 1,060... Mueller now has 22 career double-doubles -- she's two shy of equalling her total of nine last season... Senior G Katie Fowler logged a career-high 15 rebounds in the win over PSU... Truman needs a victory at FHSU to match the school-record winning streak (6, reached twice).
Washburn: Head coach Ron McHenry needs two wins to become the ninth coach with 200 wins coaching in the MIAA... The win over Central Missouri was in the 1,000 game in WU women's hoop history (679-321)... Senior G Corkey Stiger has led the WU in scoring for eight consecutive games (19.1 ppg)... Senior F Amanda Holmes is 17-of-21 from the foul line (81.0 percent) in her last three games.
MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week
For the week of play ending Jan. 6
Georgia Mueller, F
Truman State University
Mueller, a 5-foot-11 junior from Springfield, Ill., averaged 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds as the Bulldogs won twice last week to record their best start in school history (10-1).
She had 27 points and 12 rebounds to go with two blocked shots as Truman knocked off previously undefeated and 16th-ranked Missouri Southern, 68-55, Wednesday (Jan. 2) at Pershing Arena.
Mueller scored 15 points and had eight rebounds in the first half, as the Bulldogs held a 35-29 lead.
In a 76-64 home win over Pittsburg State Saturday (Jan. 5), she scored 26 points and logged 13 rebounds with two blocks. She had nine of Truman's first 16 points and finished the first half with 16 of the Bulldogs' 29 points as they trailed PSU at the break by three.
For the week, Mueller shot 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the foul line.
Mueller, who now has an MIAA-best seven double-doubles this season, is a graduate of Springfield High School.
Others Nominated: Jill Johnson, F, MWSU; Jojuana Jones, C, UCM; Mandi Schumacher, C, NWMSU; Erika Souza, G, SBU; Corkey Stiger, G, WU; Michelle Stueve, F, ESU.
Previous Winners: 11/19 -- Cassondra Boston, G, ESU; 11/26 -- Michelle Stueve, F, ESU; 12/3 -- Yanique Javois, F, MWSU; 12/10 -- Yanique Javois, F, MWSU; 12/17 -- Allie Renberg, F, ESU; 12/31 -- Michelle Stueve, F, ESU.