The Missouri S&T women’s basketball team hosted LeMoyne-Owen on Friday, Nov. 10 and Purdue Northwest on Saturday, Nov. 11 for the Lady Miner Classic. The Lady Miners won both games over the weekend, defeating LeMoyne-Owen 93-84 and Purdue Northwest 88-80.
The Missouri S&T Lady Miners held off a late rally by LeMoyne-Owen College to win its season opener 93-84 on Friday evening at Billy Key Court in Rolla, Mo. The win was the 16th consecutive in a season opener for S&T. Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) scored a career-high 31 points to lead four Lady Miners in double figures.
S&T (1-0) shot 65 percent from the floor in the opening quarter and led 27-21 at the end of the frame. The Lady Miners trailed 4-2 but used a 7-1 run to build an 11-5 lead with 6:25 left in the stanza. The lead grew to as many as eight points late in the quarter but the Magicians (0-1) used a 7-0 run to trim the lead to one with 1:13 left in the quarter. Arand and Maddie Raley(Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) each hit three-pointers in the final minute to push the lead back to six.
S&T outscored LOC 15-11 over the first seven-plus minutes of the second quarter to build its largest lead of the half at 42-32 after a layup by Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township). The Magicians then finished the half scoring the final 10 points to send the teams into the locker room tied at 42 in the half.
The Lady Miners shot 56 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes but LeMoyne-Owen shot 53 percent from the floor.
S&T started the third quarter strong outscoring the Magicians 11-0 in the first four minutes. The Magicians cut the lead to 59-54 after an old fashioned three-point play by Ty Broadwater with 2:41 left in the quarter. The Lady Miners responded by scoring 10 of the final 15 points in the stanza to push its lead back to double digits.
S&T stretched its lead to as many as 14 points early in the fourth quarter but a 17-7 run from LeMoyne-Owen cut the lead to 82-78 with 3:39 left in the game. It was only a six point game with 92 seconds left when Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) blew by the defense down the left side of the lane and scored to extend the lead to 90-82. Tenesha Wright answered on the other end with a layup but the Lady Miners hit three of their last four attempts at the foul line to seal the win.
S&T finished the game shooting 58 percent (36-for-62) from the floor, went 7-of-18 from three but shot only 52 percent (14-for-27) at the foul line. Joining Arand in double figures were Michelle Borgen(Tinley Park, Illinois/Andrew) with 19 points, Kabetske added 11 and Raley finished with 10. Kim Runge (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while Borgen, Kabetske and Raley added three assists each.
The Magicians shot 47 percent (28-for-60) from the field, 5-of-16 from downtown and were 23-for-35 at the foul line. Wright led LOC with 25 points while Dana Gettis added 22 and Broadwater finished with 12. Wright also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Michelle Borgen (Tinley Park, Illinois/Andrew) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Missouri S&T Lady Miners improved to 2-0 with an 88-80 win over the Purdue Northwest Pride on Saturday evening at Billy Key Court. It marked the second straight game that the Lady Miners had four players reach double figures in scoring.
S&T trailed 5-4 with 7:10 left in the opening quarter before going on a 14-2 run over the next six minutes to build an 18-7 lead. Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) hit a pair of three's off the bench during the run while Borgen, Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern), Ashley Harvey (Raytown, Mo./Raytown) and Joe'l Bland (St. Charles, Mo./Homeschooled) had two points each. After a three-pointer by Lanie Allen cut the margin to eight, Raley responded with a layup on the other end giving the Lady Miners a 10-point lead at the quarter break.
The Pride (0-2) opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to cut S&T's lead to 22-19 after another three from Allen. The Lady Miners pushed the lead back to six after a jumper by Raley with 3:30 left in the half but PNW continued to hang around ending the half outscoring S&T 14-11 to make it a 41-38 game at halftime.
The Lady Miners shot over 50 percent from the field in the opening half but the Pride were able to stay in the game by hitting eight of nine at the foul line while S&T was just 2-of-3 at the charity stripe. Raley and Bland led the Lady Miners with eight points each in the first 20 minutes.
The first five minutes of the third quarter went back-and-forth with Purdue Northwest eventually taking a 52-51 lead on a jumper by Jessica Kiser just past the midway point of the frame. Jordan Kabetske(Republic, Mo./Republic) hit a three on the ensuing possession sparking an 8-1 run for S&T giving them a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Pride cut the deficit to 64-61 but the Lady Miners were still able to take a six-point cushion into the final quarter.
S&T pushed its lead to as many as 11 after a layup from Borgen with 2:27 left in the contest but Purdue Northwest refused to go away answering with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 86-80 with only a 1:14 left. That would be the closest it got though as the Lady Miners made a couple of free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
S&T finished the contest shooting 52 percent (34-for-65) from the floor, was 6-for-14 from three and shot 78 percent at the foul line. Joining Borgen in double figures were Raley with 20, matching her career-high, Kabetske had 11 which was a career-high for her and Bland added 10. Kim Runge(Freedom, Wis./Freedom) also had a career-high 14 rebounds.
The Pride shot only 38 percent (27-for-71) for the contest, were 11-of-34 from three and hit 75 percent of their free throw attempts. Allen led three players in double figures with 23 points while Shae Rhonehouse added 21 and Jessica Kiser finished with 18.
The Lady Miners are back on the court on Tuesday when they travel up Highway 63 to Jefferson City to take on the Lincoln Blue Tigers in a 5:30 p.m. contest.