Lady Miner winning streak against Southern Indiana ends
The Missouri S&T women's basketball team had its seven-game winning streak against Southern Indiana snapped Thursday in a 91-62 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) loss.
The 91 points were the most given up in a game by the Lady Miners since a 91-77 loss to on January 20, 2007.
S&T falls to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in GLVC play while Southern Indiana improves to 9-2 and 3-0.
Southern Indiana led for all but 0:50 of this one as it scored the first four points of the contest and wouldn't look back. S&T trailed by four points after an old-fashioned three-point play by senior forward Kylie Cooper with 15:06 left in the opening half. From that point the Screaming Eagles went on a 20-4 run over the next six minutes to build a 32-12 advantage. Anna Hackert, the reigning GLVC player of the week, had seven points in the run while Stephanie Carpenter added eight points and Autumn Miller chipped in with four.
The Lady Miners got as close as 16 points, but USI ended the half on a 22-8 run to head into the locker with a 54-24 lead. The Screaming Eagles were led in the first half by Hackert's 20 points while Carpenter added eight and Miller dropped in seven. USI was 19-for-29 from the floor (65.5 percent), 80 percent from three and the foul line. It outrebounded S&T by an 18-to-14 margin.
S&T started the second half strong scoring eight of the first 10 points to cut the Eagle lead to 24 points three minutes into the second half. The two teams traded baskets before Southern Indiana went on another run to build its lead to 35 points its largest of the night on a three-pointer from Mariah Nimmo with 7:41 left in the contest.
The Lady Miners then outscored the Screaming Eagles 19-13 over the final seven minutes to cut it to make it a 29-point deficit.
S&T warmed up in the second half shooting 40 percent from the floor to finish the contest making 20 of its 59 field goal attempts (34 percent) after its first half struggles. It was 5-for-17 from three and went 17-for-24 at the foul line. Senior guard Toni Knar led the way with 17 points while Cooper chipped in with 11 and senior guard Senait McLeod 10.
Southern Indiana shot just 45 percent in the second half, but still finished the game making over 50 percent of its shots (33-for-60) from the field. It was 8-of-14 from three and 17-for-23 at the foul line. Hackert led all scorers with 28 points. She was joined in double figures by Carpenter with 16 points and Miller with 10. The Screaming Eagles outrebounded the Lady Miners by a 41-to-32 margin and finished the contest with 23 assists.
S&T travels to Louisville, Ky., to take on the Knights of Bellarmine University Saturday at noon. (Central Time).