Lady Miners officially open season Friday by hosting Westminster.

After a slow start, the Missouri S&T women's basketball team settled in and scored an exhibition victory Saturday afternoon.

Down by as much as seven points in the first half, the Lady Miners outscored Livin' The Dream 39-32 after intermission to post a 72-62 win Saturday at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.

Livin' The Dream, headquartered in Gardner, Kan., is a group of former collegiate and pro players who provide NCAA Division I and II schools with exhibition competition in the early portion of seasons.

The Livin' The Dream women's roster was stretched thin on Saturday, as the squad sent players to a couple of different campuses for exhibitions. As a result three former S&T players – Hailee Parks, Kyesha Hall and Julie Meyer - were added to the roster to face the Lady Miners.

A layup by Sydnee Mela at the 14:20 mark of the first half gave Livin' The Dream a 13-6 advantage. S&T quickly reeled off the seven unanswered points to tie, as a jumper by 5-11 senior forward Karli Sample at the 12:27 mark made it 13-13.

The two teams swapped the lead four times the rest of the second half until a three-point basket by 5-8 senior guard Erica Askew at the 2:05 mark gave S&T the edge for keeps, 29-28.

The Lady Miners went into intermission up 33-30.

S&T did not trail in the second half. Askew's trey at the 15:04 mark capped a 14-4 Lady Miner run to open the half and give the home team a 13-point bulge, 47-34.

The largest S&T lead was 18 points at the 9:31 mark when 5-9 freshman guard Elsie Greenwood canned a jumper in the paint to make it 58-40.
Livin' The Dream cut its deficit to seven but would get no closer.

Askew fired in 19 points - hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range - to lead S&T while senior guard Toni Knar added 14 points and seven assists, Sample 12 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Senait McLeod 10 points.

Missy Wilt, a former player at Columbia College, paced Livin' The Dream with 17 points while Wendy Snicale, a 6-2 post who formerly played at Penn State, had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Miners are to officially open their season on Friday at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building as part of a men's/women's doubleheader against Westminster College. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m.