The Shawnee State women’s basketball unit gets the Mid-South Conference Tournament underway on Thursday afternoon when they play No. 8 seed Life at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Shawnee State is 28-2 on the year, and finished the season 13-1 in the Mid-South Conference to share the regular season championship with Lindsey Wilson. The Bears defeated Cumberland (Tenn.) 72-69 last Saturday to clinch the regular season title.
Life is 6-24 on the year, and holds a 0-14 mark in the Mid-South Conference in their first season of competition. The Running Eagles fell to Campbellsville 103-65 last Saturday.
Mid-South Conference awards will be handed out on Wednesday evening, and Jonessa Moore stands to be in the running for several of them. The senior center from Cincinnati is leading the conference in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game while also bringing down 7.5 rebounds per contest. Moore has won three MSC Player of the Week awards and is expected to be one of the primary candidates for Conference Player of the Year.
Ashton Lovely was also awarded Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for last week’s performances. Lovely scored 19 points in Shawnee State’s 89-73 drubbing of No. 2 Lindsey Wilson, and then scored 18 and had a key steal and two free throws to seal the win over Cumberland. Lovely has been injured much of the season, but her resurgence could be a key for Shawnee State.
In addition to Moore, the Bears have three other individuals who are averaging in double-figures, with Madison Ridout (13.0), Brandie Snow (12.5) and Bailey Cummins (11.1) posting high marks for Shawnee State.
Life is led by Jacky Jones, who averages 11.8 points per game.
Shawnee State swept the regular season series from Life, and is now 2-0 all-time against the Running Eagles. The Bears won the first matchup in Portsmouth, 112-51, on January 7th, and followed that up with a 117-61 win at The Eagles’ Nest on February 11th.
Tipoff between the Bears and Running Eagles is set for 2 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The arena will only take cash due to problems with the ticket computers. The tournament will be broadcast online at this link: http://backlighttv.com/mid-south-conference/.