The Missouri S&T women's basketball team shot only 29 percent from the field (19-for-66) in its 50-42 loss to the Lewis Flyers in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Friday.
Barring an unexpected at-large berth to the national tournament, the Lady Miners end their season with a 16-12 record.
On Friday the game was tight throughout with two ties and eight lead changes.
Top-seeded Lewis led for the early portions of the contest, but eighth-seeded S&T got on track taking its first lead of the game at the 13:14 mark on a jumper by junior guard Toni Knar. The Lady Miners stretched the lead to three on a jumper by junior guard Erica Askew, but the Flyers (22-5) scored four straight to regain the lead by the midway point of the half.
S&T answered back scoring six of the next eight points to regain its three-point edge. It had some chances to extend the lead but missed five shots and turned it over a couple of times. Lewis took advantage scoring nine straight points to build its biggest lead of the half at 23-17 after a layup by Nikki Nellen with 1:25 left in the half.
Junior guard Senait McLeod hit a jumper from the corner to make it 23-19 and junior forward Kylie Cooper had a chance to make it a one possession game but her jumper wouldn't stay down.
The Flyers scored nine points off of eight Lady Miner turnovers and shot 36 percent (11-for-31) from the floor. They were 0-of-6 from three and 1-for-2 at the line. Mariyah Henley led the way with six points while Sam Rinehart, Jess Reinhart and Kristen Itschner added four each.
S&T was only 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) from the field, 0-for-2 from three and 1-for-2 at the foul line.
S&T got off to a good start in the second half scoring seven of the first eight points to take a 27-26 lead on a free throw by Cooper with 15:13 left in the contest. It would be its last lead of the night as Lewis with an 8-1 run to retake the lead and push it to 34-28 on a 3-point play by Henley at the 11:25 mark.
The Lady Miners cut it to four on a jumper from junior forward Karli Sample, but the Flyers got back-to-back baskets from J. Reinhart pushing the lead to 38-30. The lead grew to 45-33 on a jumper by Itschner with 4:17 to play.
S&T ran off nine straight to get within 45-42 with 0:41 left, but Lewis went 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final 0:35 to end the game.
The Lady Miners shot 30.3 percent from the field in the second half, but was 0-for-8 from three and 3-of-7 at the foul line. Senior forward Hailee Parks finished with a double-double scoring a game-high 12 points and added 10 rebounds. Knar and senior guard Katelyn Heil added six points apiece. S&T grabbed a season-high 48 rebounds and outrebounded Lewis by nine.
Page 2 of 2 - The Flyers finished the game shooting 37 percent (21-for-57) from the field, was 0-of-11 from three and 8-for-12 at the foul line. Henley and Reinhart were the lone Flyers in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.