PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State women’s basketball finish their three game road stretch on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Kentucky to take on Georgetown College in Mid-South Conference play.
The Bears are off to an 11-0 start for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when they went 30-0 in the regular season. Shawnee State are 2-0 in Mid-South Conference play after defeating University of the Cumberlands 72-64 on Monday night.
Georgetown have started the season 3-5, and are 0-2 in the Mid-South. The Tigers fell to #17 Pikeville 80-74 on Monday night.
Jonessa Moore (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) has been the leader for Shawnee State so far this season after winning the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. The senior from Cincinnati is averaging 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game so far. Moore had 27 points and nine rebounds against Cumberlands on Monday after having 21 points and 15 rebounds in SSU’s conference opener against Pikeville, an 81-76 win.
The Bears are also getting consistent production from other players. Madison Ridout (JR/Jackson, Ohio) is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, and leads the team with 31.7 minutes per game. Brandie Snow (FR/Hartville, Ohio) (12.5), Bailey Cummins (FR/Brooksville, Kentucky) (12.5), and Jen Arnzen (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) (12.1) are also averaging double digit points so far.
Shawnee State currently leads the NAIA in scoring offense per game, averaging 96.1 points per contest. They are second in total assists (200), assist to turnover ratio (1.389) and total scoring offense (1,058 points). SSU is third in field goal percentage at 49.3 percent, and also third in total blocks with 44 on the season.
Shelby Beam’s 12.8 points per game leads Georgetown, with Emilie Ziese adding 11.8 points per game and Kennedy Flynn contributing 10.3 points per game.
Shawnee State are 15-9 overall against Georgetown and swept both games last season. The Bears were victorious at home on January 7th 69-55, and again on February 25th against a receiving votes Georgetown team 67-49.
This weekend is also Georgetown College’s Lace It Up 4 Pediatric Cancer weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams participating. Both teams will be wearing gold shoestrings to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Georgetown College is encouraging and accepting donations of toys to be given to children at a local pediatric cancer ward.
Tipoff between the Bears and Tigers is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Jonathon Loughridge is the Sports Information Director at Shawnee State University.