Missouri S&T's women's basketball team looks to continue its best start since the 2011-12 season taking part in the Ramada Oasis Convention Center/Drury Thanksgiving Classic this weekend in Springfield, Mo. The Lady Miners (4-0) will take on Union (Tenn.) at 7:45 p.m. on Friday evening then square off against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
S&T is coming off a 70-50 win over Missouri Valley last Saturday at Billy Key Court. The Lady Miners made 12 three-pointers in the contest led by Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) with five and Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia)knocked down four in the victory. Arand led all scorers with 21 points in the contest while Raley added 15 and Michelle Borgen (Tinley Park, Illinois/Andrew) dropped in 11.
Borgen continues to lead S&T in scoring averaging 17.3 points per game with Arand not far behind at 16.8 points and Raley at 15 per contest. All three are ranked in the top 12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in scoring. Kim Runge (Freedom, Wis./Freedom)leads the team and the league in rebounding with 11.5 per game and Jordan Kabetske(Republic, Mo./Republic) leads the team in assists with 14.
Union is also off to a 4-0 start after posting a 90-43 win over Lane College on Tuesday evening in Jackson, Tenn. The Lady Bulldogs hit 19 three's in the contest and shot 57 percent (32-of-56) from the field. Tiffany Rechis led four players in double figures with 21 points, knocking down seven three's in the game, Chelsey Shumpert scored 20, Anna Lea Little added 14 and Avree Carpenter had 13 off the bench.
Shumpert leads the team in scoring with 25.5 points per game while Sara Lytle is dropping in 20 points per contest. Lytle leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 per game and Little is averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest. Jada Perkins has dished out 25 assists to begin the season.
Arkansas-Fort Smith snapped its two-game skid on Sunday with a 77-76 win at 12thranked Central Missouri on Sunday afternoon. The Lions led by as many as 18 points midway through the second quarter and then held off a second half rally from the Jennies to improve to 3-2 on the year. Micayla Haynes finished with a game-high 21 points making seven three's in the contest. She was joined in double figures by Tayla Taylor with 18 points and Lundon Williams added 17 points.
UAFS is led in scoring by Taylor with 11.4 points per game while Haynes is dropping home 11.2 points per outing. Taylor also leads the team in rebounding grabbing 8.6 per contest. Williams has dished out a team-high 23 assists through five games.