The Griffons started both halves hot, taking an 18-8 first quarter lead, then opening the second half with a 24-9 run in the third quarter. It was the second time in as many seasons the team opened with a big win over Southwest Minnesota.
– Missouri Western out-rebounded the Mustangs 49-29
– The Griffons’ offensive rebounding advantage was 26-8
Southwest Minnesota State did not attempt a three-pointer
– MWSU got 33 points from its bench compared to 23 for Southwest Minnesota
– Missouri Western forced 27 turnovers, with 16 steals
– Erin Anderson shot 45 percent from the field and led MWSU with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists
– Melia Richardson led the team with four steals and scored 10 points for the Griffons
– Brittany Atkins scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field
The Griffons stay in Fayette, Iowa at the NSIC/MIAA Tournament to take on host-Upper Iowa on Saturday at 5 p.m.
— MWSU Athletics —