Shawnee State women’s basketball hit the road for three games over the weekend, traveling to Campbellsville to play in the Mid-South Conference/Southern States Athletic Conference Challenge.
The No. 10 Bears will enter Saturday’s game 13-0, their best start since 2008-09, when they started that season 30-0. Shawnee State last played on Saturday, Dec. 10, defeating Asbury (Ky.) 93-69 behind 20 points from Madison Ridout.
On Saturday, Shawnee State will play (RV) Martin Methodist (Tenn.). The RedHawks are 7-2 so far this season, having defeated Voorhees College (SC) 62-53 Dec. 11. Martin Methodist will play No. 6 Campbellsville Sunday, and No. 24 Pikeville on Monday.
Shawnee State’s Sunday opponent is No. 18 Bethel University (Tenn). The Wildcats are off to a 5-4 start to the 2016-17 season. Ranked 10th in the preseason poll, Bethel fell eight spots in the latest poll released on Dec. 3. The Wildcats play Pikeville on Saturday before playing Shawnee State, and finish the challenge with hosts Campbellsville on Monday. Bethel were last in action on Dec. 3, defeating Blue Mountain College (Miss.) 65-51.
Shawnee State finishes the MSC/SSAC Challenge on Monday against the University of Mobile (Ala). The Rams are off to a 4-2 start so far this season. Mobile defeated Spring Hill College (Ala.) 63-59 in their last game. They play Campbellsville on Friday and Pikeville on Saturday.
Shawnee State have played two of the three opponents from the coming weekend before. They have a 2-0 record against Martin Methodist all-time, with the last meeting in 2007, a 93-77 win. The Bears are also 1-0 against Bethel, having defeated them on a neutral court 110-69 in 2003. The Bears have never played the University of Mobile.
Jonessa Moore continues to lead Shawnee State in the early going, averaging 19.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game so far. Madison Ridout has added 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Three other Bears are averaging double digit points so far, with Brandie Snow (12.8), Bailey Cummins (12.2) and Jen Arnzen (11.4) all being major contributors so far.
Kyoko Wade is Martin Methodist’s leading scorer, averaging 13.8 points per game. Shamon Pearson leads Bethel with 15.2 points per game. Starla Daggan leads Mobile in scoring at 22.7 points per game, good for third in NAIA Division I overall.
Tipoff on Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., with Monday’s game set for a 1:00 p.m. start.