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Lincoln to host Lindenwood in MIAA basketball

Lincoln to host Lindenwood in MIAA basketball

February 19th, 2019 by News Tribune in College Sports

Grant Olsson of Lincoln looks for a way around a pair of Central Oklahoma defenders during a game this season at Jason Gym.

Photo by Jenna Kieser /News Tribune.

The Lincoln Blue Tigers will start a four-game homestand to end the regular season tonight when they host the Lindenwood Lions in MIAA men's and women's basketball at Jason Gym.

The Lincoln men (16-8 overall, 9-6 MIAA) are tied for fourth in the conference standings, while Lindenwood (13-14, 6-9) is one of five teams tied for seventh. The top 10 teams will advance to the MIAA Postseason Tournament.

Lincoln has won four straight games against Lindenwood, including a 96-87 decision in triple overtime earlier this season in St. Charles. The Blue Tigers will be looking to snap a two-game winning streak, while the Lions will be looking to extend at two-game winning streak.

Terrance Smith paces the Blue Tigers in scoring at 16.6 points per game. Amariontez Ivory is next at 13.1, followed by Jonell Burton at 12.9 and Ni'Sean Rigmaiden at 11.3.

Chandler Diekvoss, who was selected co-MIAA Player of the Week after scoring 20-plus points in three straight games, is scoring 15.9 points per contest.

Brad Newman paces Lindenwood at 20.3 points per game this season.

The men's game will start at 7:30 p.m.

The women's game will start today's action at 5:30 p.m.

Lincoln (10-14, 2-13) will try to snap a two-game losing streak when it takes on No. 25 Lindenwood (17-5, 11-4), which has already clinched a berth in the MIAA Postseason Tournament.

Zhanesha Dickerson paces Lincoln in scoring at 16.8 points and in rebounding with 8.3 this season.

Bre Coleman (14.1) and Zio Thompson (13.0) also score in double figures for the Blue Tigers.

Katie Bildner of Lindenwood leads the conference in scoring (17.7), rebounding (10.5) and field-goal percentage (61.2 percent).

Megan Foster (Jefferson City High School) averages 9.6 minutes per game for Lindenwood. She is averaging 2.1 points per game.

Lindenwood defeated Lincoln 69-46 earlier this season in St. Charles. Lincoln holds a 9-8 lead in the all-time series, but Lindenwood has won the last three contests between the two schools.

Today's games will be the final regular-season MIAA meetings between the two schools. Lindenwood is joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference starting next school year.