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Lincoln men, women travel to Southwest Baptist

The Lincoln women’s basketball team will look to use the momentum it gained during a last-second loss to eighht-ranked Central Missouri, while the men will try to bounce back from a lopsided loss to the Mules when the Blue Tigers travel to Southwest Baptist today.

The women’s game will start at 1:30 p.m. in Bolivar and the men’s game will follow.

Both Blue Tiger programs are looking to pick up their first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association win while putting an end to nine-game skids.

The Lincoln women had a chance Wednesday to beat Central Missouri, but a turnover on an offensive foul in the final seconds let the Jennies escape with a 71-70 win.

Jennifer Rosado, who scored a team-high 24 points Wednesday, leads the Blue Tigers with 13.4 points per game after producing six straight double-digit performances.

Hunter Yoakum, who has made a team-best 31 3-pointers this season, isn’t far behind at 11.1 ppg, while Angela Randall helps pace Lincoln with 9.3 ppg. Randall also leads the team in rebounds (5.9), assists (2.3) and steals (1.9).

Southwest Baptist (7-9, 2-7) is on a two-game skid after suffering a 71-66 loss Wednesday to Lindenwood.

Brook Duncan paces the Bearcats with 14.1 points per game, while Jacqui Zelenka is the only other player averaging double figures at 13.2 ppg.

The Blue Tiger men (2-5, 0-9) are still trying to get back on the right path after its 89-61 loss Wednesday to Central Missouri.

Joshua Buie, who averages 14.4 points per night, has been Lincoln’s most reliable scorer. The junior has tallied 11 double-digit games and six 20-plus performances, while also pacing the Blue Tigers in steals and assists.

Charles Cole is next on the scoring chart, averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Fans can expect to see plenty of 3-pointers attempted by both teams.

Southwest Baptist (9-9, 2-7) leads the MIAA with 472 3-point attempts, while Lincoln ranks third with 399.

Rashaad Brown-Peterson and Desi Barmore are both averaging a little over 16 ppg to lead the Bearcats, who are coming off a 71-69 win Wednesday against Lindenwood.

The trip to Bolivar will be the first of three consecutive away games for both Blue Tiger programs. Lincoln will face Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State on the road before hosting Lindenwood on Feb. 5.

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