Griffon women’s basketball (7-2) started a break from conference play with a 91-50 rout of Peru State
(3-6), Dec. 16 in the MWSU Fieldhouse.
The Griffons led all 40 minutes and had four players score 10 or more points. Eleven Griffons played double-digit minutes and every one of them scored at least a point with eight scoring six or more. Missouri Western shot 54.2% from the field and scored 20 or more in each quarter while holding the Bobcats to 34.6% shooting and no quarters with more than 17 points.
The women jumped out to a 27-9 lead through the first 10 minutes of the game, shooting 65% in the first quarter. The Griffons are coached by first-year head coach Candi Whitaker.
Next up, the Griffons play at 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Over the semester break, the team will play Dec. 31, and Jan. 4 and 6 at home. On Jan. 9, they play at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas on Jan. 11.
The Griffon men currently hold a 4-6 record overall and 1-1 in conference play. They beat University of Central Missouri 67-63 on Dec. 5 and lost to Lincoln University 89-66 on Dec. 7.
Next up is a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the University of Illinois-Springfield. They will then play at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Three home games will follow on Dec. 31, Jan. 4 and Jan. 6 before they head out on the road again Jan. 9.
The football team finished the 2019 season 9-3 by trouncing Henderson State (9-3) in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl on Dec. 7 in Texarkana, Arkansas. It was the 300th all-time win for Missouri Western football, and the nine wins were the first time since 2012. The Griffons also became the first team to ever win the Live United Bowl twice, as they won last year’s game.
Trey Vaval was named MVP after breaking the Live United Bowl record with 225 return yards.
Griffon Track & Field
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2019-20 season at the Mel Tjeerdsma Classic on Dec. 6 and 7 at Northwest Missouri State University.
Griffon track and event records were broken at the event.
- Riley Gorham and Savannah Simmons won events for the Griffons, as Gorham took first in the one mile run with a time of 4:20.50 and Simmons placed first overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.72. Gorham’s time for the mile also broke the meet record.
- Simmons also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.60.
- Bailey Gilbert broke the program record for the long jump with 5.75. That distance was also an event record breaker.
- Gilbert also finished sixth in the Pentathlon with Lynzi Miller finishing fifth in the event.
- Missouri Western’s 4X400 meter relay teams were also strong performers. The women’s team placed fifth overall with a time of 4:01.74, while the men finished in sixth with a time of 3:22.18.
- Tara Bergman broke her own program record in the women’s shotput with 12.28 meters.
- Graham Buresh placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.84.
- Mackenzie Miller placed sixth in the women’s one mile run with a time of 5:40.30. Ashley Clay also set a personal record in the mile with a time of 5:45.54.
- Clay also placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:32.39.
- Kelsey Cox placed third in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:07.40.
- Tyler Meadows placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:54.62.
Next up is the Graduate Classic Jan. 17 and 18 in Lincoln, Nebraska.