Shawnee State women’s basketball pulled into a tie for first place in the Mid-South Conference on Thursday night, routing #2 Lindsey Wilson 89-73 at Biggers Sports Center.
An exciting first quarter would see Shawnee State lead for most of the period, but trail 21-20 by the end. Three lead changes would occur in the period, along with one tie as neither team could push to more than a six-point advantage. Malerie Martin would hit a pair of free throws to put Lindsey Wilson up four near the end of the period, but Ashton Lovely would hit one of her four three pointers to cut the lead to one as time expired in the quarter.
Shawnee State would take the lead immediately to start the second quarter as Shania Massie would score a lay-up. The Bears would not relinquish this lead, keeping the Blue Raiders at bay for the entire period. An 8-0 Shawnee State run at the end of the period, capped by threes from Hannah Miller and Jen Arnzen, would give the Bears a 10-point lead at the half. Arnzen scored all 10 of her points in the second quarter, sparking Shawnee State’s offense off the bench as SSU was in foul trouble.
Shawnee State would put the game away in the third quarter. After two quick Blue Raider baskets to start the second half, Shawnee State would lock down defensively and score efficiently on the other end. Ashton Lovely would hit three three pointers in the period, and Hannah Miller would score nine points to extend the Shawnee State lead to 16 by the end of the period. The Bears would keep the pressure up and extend the lead to as many as 25 in the fourth quarter before closing out Lindsey Wilson for the 16-point victory.
Ashton Lovely would lead SSU with a game-high and season-high 19 points. Hannah Miller would score 13 off the bench for Shawnee State, with Jen Arnzen adding 10 points. Jonessa Moore was in foul trouble for much of the night but would also score 10 points and grab six rebounds. Shawnee State would shoot 52% from the field and 55% from three to offensively overwhelm the Blue Raiders.
Kayla Styles would score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds to lead Lindsey Wilson. Chanel Roberts had 13 and Malerie Martin had 12.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 27-2 and are 12-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Lindsey Wilson suffers their first loss of the season, falling to 27-1 and 12-1.
The win pulls Shawnee State into a tie with Lindsey Wilson atop the conference standings, with both teams sitting at 12-1. The Bears now hold the tiebreaker for the #1 seed in the conference tournament by virtue of point differential. Shawnee State is +10 in point differential, making up the ground lost when the Blue Raiders defeated SSU 84-78 on January 21st.
Shawnee State will look to clinch at least a share of the conference title on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Lebanon, Tennessee to take on #19 Cumberland. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00pm Eastern.