The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 26, 2014

Interim still part of Hubbard's title

— Three weeks after the conclusion of a 19-8 season, Ronda Hubbard is still the Missouri Southern women’s basketball interim head coach.

 “I want to be the head coach,” she said. “I’m functioning as if I am. I’m waiting for that interim title to be removed and fully expect it will be.”

The Lions’ 19 victories matched their highest total since the 1996-97 team went 23-6. Picked ninth in the MIAA coaches preseason poll, the Lions finished fourth behind three NCAA Tournament teams.

“With the great season we had and the five freshmen we signed early, I like the core we have coming back,” Hubbard said. “And we’re excited about the leads we have recruiting-wise.”

Jared Bruggeman, the MSSU athletics director, said on Wednesday he is in an evaluation process.

“At the end of our basketball season, we spend time and evaluate all aspects,” Bruggeman said. “We do exit interviews with the seniors. Each team does a survey, and we get results and analyze data on all our coaches.

“We’re not in any hurry. We’re in the process of evaluating all that. The men’s basketball success and spring break threw a wrench in the process. It should be done in the next couple or three weeks.”

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