The Missouri S&T women’s basketball team shot a season-high 58 percent (30-52) from the field and made a season-high 12 three-pointers to defeat the Westminster (Mo.) College Blue Jays 83-55 on Tuesday evening at Billy Key Court in Rolla.


The Missouri S&T women’s basketball team shot a season-high 58 percent (30-52) from the field and made a season-high 12 three-pointers to defeat the Westminster (Mo.) College Blue Jays 83-55 on Tuesday evening at Billy Key Court in Rolla.
S&T (7-3) got off to a fast start making its first four shots from the floor, including a pair of three's from freshman Courtney Kemp who opened the game with eight points in the first 2:11, racing out to a 14-2 lead.
Defensively the Lady Miners held the Blue Jays (2-7) to just 2-of-10 shooting in the first seven minutes.
Once Westminster settled in it began to chip away at the lead getting it to 17-13 midway through the frame.
S&T answered back though with an 8-0 of its own pushing the lead back to double digits almost three minutes later.
After trading baskets the Lady Miners regained their double digit lead on a lay-up by Katie McElrath and then began to widen the lead on a three-pointer by Lydia Karlefors. Westminster cut the lead to 12 on three different occasions but couldn't get any closer as S&T closed the half on a 6-1 run to head into the break with a 43-26 advantage.
The Lady Miners shot a blistering 63 percent (15-of-24) from the floor and were even better from downtown connecting on 7-of-9 (78 percent) with Tamara McCaskill and Kemp going 4-for-4.
S&T got of the gates strong to begin the second half as well racing out to a 20 point advantage just two minutes in.
After WC cut the lead to 17 on a three-pointer by Rachel Backes the Lady Miners ran off nine straight getting seven of those from Jazmine Bell to take a 57-31 lead not quite five minutes in.
The Blue Jays continued to fight though clipping the lead to 17 points but back-to-back three's from Bell gave S&T a 67-44 advantage with less than six to play and wouldn't see its lead dip under 20 the rest of the night.
The Lady Miners built their lead to as much as 29 on a fast break lay-in by Jenny Dorman with two minutes to play before coasting in with the 28 point victory.
After its hot shooting first half S&T cooled a little bit in the second making only 15-of-28 (54 percent) to finish the contest at 58 percent.
Bell led all scorers in the second half with 14 to finish with 16. McCaskill finished with 17 (13 in the first half) to lead all scorers while Kemp had 13 as well.

At Home Sunday
S&T will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Quincy in a GLVC doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
Sunday is also NCAA Take a Kid to the Game Day with all kids 14 and under getting in free with the purchase of a full-priced adult purchase.
Tickets to the game are $6 for general admission seats and $4 for students (children ages 14 and under are free with the promotion) and senior citizens. 
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the contests with the gates opening at 12:30 p.m.