The Missouri S&T women's basketball squad was unable to slow down the Indianapolis Greyhounds on Friday night in an 81-57 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) defeat at the Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.
It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the Lady Miners, who drops to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the GLVC. The UIndy Greyhounds improve to 10-2 and 1-0.
S&T was also scheduled to play a GLVC game at home Sunday afternoon against Saint Joseph's. Due to the weather, results from that game will be in Tuesday's edition of the Daily News.
On Friday S&T was without its leading scorer, 5-9 junior guard Mia Wesley (17.1 points), who did not return to Rolla from the holiday break. As of Friday night, Wesley's status for the rest of the season was not clear.
The Greyhounds bench was the story of the game scoring 46 of the 81 points in the contest.
The Lady Miners hung with the 'Hounds for the first eight-plus minutes of the contest trailing by just five at the 11:37 mark. S&T started the contest making 3 of its first 4 field goals before making just 2 of their next 18 shots and were held without a field goal for more than seven minutes and found themselves trailing 28-17 with less than five minutes to play in the half. A pair of three's from 5-9 senior guard Toni Knar cut the deficit to seven with 3:11 left in the stanza, but UIndy finished the half scoring 10 of the last 12 points to take a 40-25 lead into the locker room.
S&T started the second half scoring five straight points to cut the margin to 10, but wouldn't get any closer as Indianapolis countered with a 13-4 run to build a 19-point lead just over five minutes into the second half. The lead eventually grew 29 points with just over three minutes to play before the Lady Miners finished the game scoring eight of the final 11 points.
Knar finished with a game-high 20 points and knocked down six three-pointers which was one off from tying the school record which she has matched twice. She scored 12 points in the second half. Karli Sample, a 5-11 senior forward finished with a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kylie Cooper, a 6-2 senior forward, finished with nine points and seven rebounds. S&T shot just 31 percent for the game and 32 percent from three.
Indianapolis had four players reach double figures in scoring led by 5-7 senior guard Shelby Wall and 6-1 senior forward Eliza Wortman with 14 each. Senior guard Erin Murphy added 11 while sophomore guard Princess German dropped home 10. The Greyhounds finished the game shooting 48 percent from the floor and 36 percent from beyond the arc.