The Shawnee State women’s basketball unit opened the Mid-South Conference Tournament in style on Thursday afternoon, cruising past No. 8 seeded Life 118-42.
The Bears would start the game on a 14-0 run and never trailed following the game-opening spurt. Shawnee State outscored Life by double digits in every quarter, easily dispatching of the Running Eagles to advance to the tournament semifinals. The 76-point margin of victory was the largest for Shawnee State against a NAIA opponent this season.
Jen Arnzen rode a hot-shooting second half to lead the Bears with 23 points. Shania Massie added 19 points, and Jonessa Moore had 16. Brandie Snow, who was named MSC Freshman of the Year last night, scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Hannah Miller added 13 points and Lydia Poe had 12.
Damiya Montgomery had 13 points to lead Life in scoring. Tierra Lindsey added 11 points for the Running Eagles.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 29-2 on the season. Life ends their season with a record of 6-25.
The Bears will now advance to the Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon, where they will play either No. 4 Pikeville or No. 5 Georgetown. Tipoff for Saturday is set for 2 p.m.