Lions look for Stokes to make impact in freshman season

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern women’s basketball team is just two days away from their first exhibition game of the season – facing Wichita State on Saturday.

The Lions return eight players from last year’s team that went 9-14 overall, and they have six newcomers, including five freshmen.

One of those freshmen is a local product – Lacy Stokes from Mt. Vernon High School.

“The one thing Lacy brings is her quickness and her ability to push the ball up and down the floor,” says head coach Ronnie Ressel, “She does a great job in transition getting by people. She does a great job making decisions and she knows how to finish.”

“Oh yeah, for sure,” says senior guard Brooke Stauffer when asked if Stokes has impressed her this 0ff-season, “She has opened a lot of windows for us and I’m really excited about having her.”

Stokes was an All-State player for Mt. Vernon.

Ressel and the Lions will lean on her to help the the team push the pace this season on both ends of the floor in her freshman season.

“We’re probably going to try to play a little faster than the past. We’ll try to get up and down the floor a little bit more. We have pretty good athleticism with our point guard and our wings,” Ressel adds of having Stokes join the group, “We’re looking forward to speeding our game up a little bit and being more aggressive on both ends of the floor. She’s finding people on the perimeter,” Ressel continues on Stokes, “She does a great job of finding shooters on the perimeter who are wide open. They have time to get their feet set, get their hands set and shoot. When you can do that, you’re going to gain confidence as a shooter.”

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