The Missouri Western Women’s Basketball traveled to Sioux Falls, SD defeating University of Sioux Falls 67-49. on Friday Nov. 11th for their third game of the season. Splitting the first two games 1-1, the Griffon’s were able to add another win to their season.
The Griffons were able to get it done all over the floor Friday night led by Junior Connie Clarke as she recorded her second double double of the season. Starting off the game with a big run, expanding their lead 19-0, Missouri Western was able to stay ahead all night. Putting seven Griffons in the scoring column before the first quarter would end.
Missouri Western dominated the boards bringing in 51 rebounds. 13 offensive rebounds put the Griffon to score 11 second chance points, they only allowed two second chance points. The Griffons were able to score half of their points in the paint with 36.
Missouri Western held the lead the entire game, allowing zero lead changes. Converting off rebounds and turnovers to points the Griffons tallied in 20 fast break points, 13 points from turnovers.
Clarke, once again inking her name in the Missouri Western record with 16 rebounds against Sioux Falls. This is Clark’s second double double in three games. Clarks performance set her apart, bringing in 20 points, one block, one steal, and 16 rebounds, she put herself fourth place, tied for most rebounds in a game. Earlier this year, in the second game of the season she dropped 34 points against no. 23 Lubbock Christian, giving her the most points ever scored by a Griffon.
Clarke was assisted by all nine of her teammates, as they all found the bottom of the net. There were 22 points from the team's bench that helped maintain the lead. Jordan Cunningham was the team's second highest scorer with 10 points. She also added five rebounds to her stat line.
Freshman Cleao Murray knocked down three 3 point shots, shooting 3-8 from beyond the arch to give her nine points. Murray also recorded an assist and two rebounds.
Camille Evans pulled down nine rebounds of her own to go with her 6 points Shooting 3-4 from the field. Evans led the team in assists with four, finding the hot hand when she needed to.
Mary Fultz, a Junior for the Griffons was able to bring in six points and five rebounds and added two more assists to her season resume.
Brionna Budgetts, a Junior who started all 34 games last year started the game right, scoring the first bucket and drawing the foul. Budgetts finished with five rebounds and three points.
Johnni Gonzalez finished the game with five points shooting 50% on six shots, two of them the three point range. Two assists from Gonzalez helped the Griffons reach their team total of 12 assists on the night.
Missouri Western’s defense held Sioux Falls to only two offensive rebounds and created 12 turnovers. Locking down when the game came to its end, the Griffons only allowed five fourth quarter points to secure their second road win.
Missouri Western will be back home in the MWSU Fieldhouse Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 6 p.m. against Truman State. The last matchup between Missouri Western and Truman State was in 2018. Missouri Western is 9-2 at home against Truman State and 5-5 in the last ten meetings.