Lady Miners snap four-game losing skid.
The Missouri S&T women's basketball team broke open a tight game with a 16-4 run midway through the second half to down the Saint Joseph's College Pumas 79-65 on Sunday afternoon in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) action at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak in the process. S&T had five players reach double figures led by 6-2 senior forward Kylie Cooper's career-high 17 points.
The Lady Miners improve to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference while St. Joseph's falls to 2-7 and 0-2.
S&T got off to a fast start making eight of its first 10 field goal attempts to take an 18-9 lead at the 11:27 mark on freshman guard Elsie Greenwood's jumper. The Lady Miners then went cold scoring just one point over the next six minutes allowing the Pumas to go on a 15-1 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 24-19. The SJC run was sparked by 11 points off the bench from Allison Mattocks. She hit a trio of three's in the run and added a pair of free throws.
Cooper and senior guard Senait McLeod combined to score the next nine points for S&T as it retook the lead at 28-26 with more than four minutes left in the half. The Lady Miners stretched the lead to four on a three-pointer by senior guard Erica Askew, but the Pumas got back-to-back baskets from Zoe Weaver to tie the game with 2:38 left in the stanza. S&T took a 34-31 lead only to see Saint Joseph's tie the game again on a three by Brittany Morris with 0:41 to go in the half. The Lady Miners took a one-point lead into the intermission on a free throw by junior forward Jaaron Kassanavoid.
After its hot start shooting the basketball S&T cooled making just 4 of its last 14 shots to finish the half shooting 50 percent (12-for-24). The Lady Miners went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and shot 70 percent from the foul line. Cooper and senior guard Toni Knar had eight points apiece to lead S&T.
The Pumas shot 36 percent (9-for-25), went 4-of-8 from downtown and was 12-for-17 at the foul line. Mattocks had 11 points in the half to lead Saint Joseph's while Tonisha Sanders added six.
The Lady Miners trailed 42-39 three minutes into the second half before an 8-0 run gave them the lead for good at 47-42 with 12:54 to play. Jasmyne Reynolds made it a two-point game with a three before S&T went on its long run to pull away. Askew started the run with a layup and then Greenwood scored on an old-fashioned three-point play to push the lead to seven. The lead eventually grew to 61-47 with less than nine minutes to play on a layup by sophomore forward Leigh-Ann Kesper.
The two sides traded baskets for the next six minutes before the Lady Miners put the game away with seven straight to build their largest lead of the game at 20 points with 1:14 left in the contest. The Pumas scored eight of the final 10 points for the final margin.
S&T shot a season-high 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field, was 7-for-11 from three and 14-for-19 at the charity stripe. It outrebounded the Pumas 39-to-27 and dominated down low outscoring them in the paint 34-14. Cooper led the way for the Lady Miners while Knar and Askew added 14 each. Senior forward Karli Sample contributed 11 to the attack and Greenwood matched her career-high with 10 points. Cooper also had seven rebounds in the contest.
Saint Joseph's finished the game shooting 35 percent (21-for-60) from the floor, was 8-of-20 from three and went 15-for-23 at the foul line. The Pumas started the game making 12 of their first 14 attempts, but made just three of their last nine attempts. Mattocks scored a game-high 18 points while Laura Furrer added 13. SJC forced S&T to turn it over 23 times in the contest.
The Lady Miners travel to Evansville, Ind. to take on Southern Indiana on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.