Justin Maskus, Athletic Media Relations Director
JOPLIN – Chelsey Henry went over 1,000 points in her career and helped lead the Missouri Southern women’s basketball team over visiting Illinois-Springfield 78-74 today on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (8-3) was led by Henry’s 22 points in the game as she went 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Krista Clark scored 20 on 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point line. Jordan Schoenberger had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
UIS (3-6) had four score in double-figures, led by 19 points from Lauren Ladowski.
The Lions opened up a 10-6 lead after a three from Clark with 7:28 to go in the first quarter, but nine-straight points from the Prairie Stars put UIS up 15-10 with 3:53 left in the quarter. The UIS lead was four (21-17) with 1:41 to go, but a three from Henry with just under a minute made the score 21-20 and the score would be 23-20, UIS after one.
A three from UIS gave the Prairie Stars a 30-24 lead with 7:16 left in the second quarter, and UIS led 34-28 midway through the quarter, but the Lions closed the half on a 10-4 run and went into the locker room tied at 38.
After UIS scored a three to start the third, the Lions went on a 10-0 run and led 48-41 with 6:20 left in the third. Southern held a slim lead in the quarter, leading by as many as five (56-51) with 2:41 left, but after the game was tied at 58, a pair of freebies from Owens gave Southern a 60-58 lead after three.
UIS took a 70-65 lead midway through the fourth and led 72-67 with 4:42 left in the quarter. The lead was one (74-73) after a layup from Schoenberger with 2:11 to go and a free throw from Henry tied the score at 74 with 1:34 left.
A three-point play from Henry after a missed free throw gave the Lions a three point lead (77-74) and put Henry over the 1,000 point plateau with 1:24 to go. A free throw from Clark with two seconds left sealed the win.
The Lions shot 46 percent from the field in the game and held a 15-8 advantage on the offensive boards that led to a 15-10 lead in second-chance points.
Southern will be off for the Christmas holiday, but will be back in action on November 29 with a matchup with Tabor College at 1:30 pm inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.