The Missouri S&T women’s basketball team took part in the Drury Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25. The Lady Miners took their first two losses of the season, falling to Union on Friday 88-60 before losing to Arkansas-Fort Smith 91-62.

Missouri S&T's women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season 88-60 on Friday evening at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center/Drury Thanksgiving Classic in Springfield, Mo. Union finished the game hitting 19 three's in the contest and outscored the Lady Miners 50-28 in the second half.

S&T (4-1) hit three of its first four shots to begin the game and held a 7-2 with 7:48 to go in the opening quarter but then the Lady Bulldogs (5-0) caught fire with a 23-2 run which spanned more than five minutes to take a 25-9 lead. Union hit five three's in that run and was paced by its leading scorer Chelsey Shumpert who had eight points in the run.

The Lady Miners were able to cut the deficit to 13 by the end of the opening quarter and then in the second quarter shot 53 percent (8-for-15) from the field while holding the Lady Bulldogs to just 21 percent shooting. S&T cut the deficit to just six points at the intermission on a jumper by Maddie Raley(Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) but missed an opportunity to get closer missing four free throws in the final 3:25 of the half.

Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) led the Lady Miners with 11 points in the opening half while Raley dropped in 10. Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) and Ashley Harvey(Raytown, Mo./Raytown) added three points each off the bench. S&T was outrebounded 24-23 in the first two quarters.

Shumpert led all scorers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes. Anna Lea Little added nine points and Jada Perkins dropped in eight.  

Union came out firing in the third quarter quickly extending its lead back to double digits scoring the first seven points of the frame. S&T was able to cut the deficit to 12 after a pair of free throws from Kristin Steins (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) but the Lady Bulldogs scored the final six points of the quarter to build its largest of the lead game at 66-48. Union shot 61 percent in the third quarter and hit six three's in the stanza.

The Lady Bulldogs continued their hot shooting in the final quarter shooting 62 percent from the floor and added another five three's as they extended their lead to 31 points. The Lady Miners struggled to get anything going offensively in the final 10 minutes as they were held to just 12 points.

Arand and Raley had 18 points each to lead S&T while Ashley Harvey (Raytown, Mo./Raytown) added six. The Lady Miners shot just 39 percent from the floor in the game and were held to 6 of 19 shooting from three. S&T finished the game outrebounding Union 41-39 but were outscored 21-7 in points off turnovers.

Perkins led four Union players in double figures with a game-high 24 points. Shumpert added 20 points, Little dropped in 17 and Tiffany Rechis finished with 12. The Lady Bulldogs finished the game shooting 46 percent from the floor and went 19-for-42 from beyond the arc.

Missouri S&T's women's basketball struggled to handle Arkansas-Fort Smith's defensive pressure in a 91-62 loss on Saturday at the O'Reilly Family Events Center in Springfield, Mo. S&T turned the ball over 28 times resulting in 41 points for UAFS.

The Lady Miners (4-2) held a 3-2 lead less than a minute into the game as Michelle Borgen (Tinley Park, Illinois/Andrew) hit a desperation three-pointer as the shot clock expired. The Lady Lions (4-3) responded with seven straight to regain the lead before Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) silenced the run with a jumper. UAFS stretched its lead to 10 points late in the quarter but S&T was able to trim it to seven after a pair of free throws from Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) with 0:31 left in the quarter. The Lady Lions held a 10-point lead at the quarter break on a three-pointer by Olivia Hanson right before the buzzer.

That three sparked Fort Smith as it opened the second stanza on a 12-1 run to stretch its lead to as many as 21 points in the first half. The Lady Miners cut the deficit to 37-25 thanks to a 9-0 run highlighted by five points from Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern). The Lady Lions countered back ending the quarter by scoring 10 of the final 16 points to take a 47-31 lead into the locker room.

S&T shot 46 percent (10-for-22) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes but committed 15 turnovers resulting in 22 points for UAFS. Raley had 11 to lead the Lady Miners while Arand added 10. Borgen and Kabetske had five and four points respectively.

The Lady Lions were 18-of-34 (53 percent) shooting in the half, they shot 50 percent from three and 83 percent at the foul line. Their bench outscored S&T's 16-1 in the first two quarters. Hanson and Lundon Williams had 11 and 10 points respectively.

Arkansas-Fort Smith shot 61 percent from the floor in the third quarter to double up S&T 26-13 and extend its halftime lead to 29 points by the end of the stanza. Alexsis Brown and Tamera Gulley paced the Lady Lions with 18 points in the quarter.

S&T struggled to get its offense going in the second half as it was held to 36 percent shooting from the floor. The Lady Miners also struggled at the foul line in the final 20 minutes shooting just 57 percent.

Arand led three players in double figures with 15 points while Borgen dropped in 13 and Raley finished with 11. Kabetske and Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) had four rebounds apiece to lead S&T.

Arkansas-Fort Smith had six players reach double figures in scoring led by Tayla Taylor with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brown and Gulley finished with 14 points each for the Lady Lions.

S&T returns to the court on Tuesday traveling to Terre Haute, Ind., for an exhibition game against Indiana State at 6 p.m. (CST).