KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri S&T Lady Miners trailed by only four points late in the first quarter but a 14-0 run spanning five minutes was too much to overcome in a 77-50 loss at Truman State on Thursday evening. S&T (5-6, 0-3 GLVC) struggled to shoot the basketball making only 30 percent of its attempts in the contest.
The game was tied at 8-8 past the midway point of the opening quarter after a three from Jordan Kabetske(Republic, Mo./Republic). The Bulldogs (8-2, 3-0 GLVC) rattled off six in a row, four from Katie Jaseckas, to regain the lead. Bland made it 14-10 with a driving layup but Truman answered with nine in a row behind from Jaseckas to make it a 13 point lead at the quarter break.
The Lady Miners were just 3-for-16 from the floor in the opening quarter while Truman shot 43 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to as many as 20 points after a layup by Rachel Edmundson with 3:55 to play in the half. S&T responded with an 8-3 run to cut the lead to 37-22 after a three-pointer by Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) with 2:36 remaining in the second quarter. The game would be delayed for nearly 10 minutes as the fire alarms stopped play and when play resumed Truman scored six in a row to build its largest lead of the half before Bria Pierce (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) hit a three at the buzzer to make it 43-25 at the break.
S&T shot the ball better in the second quarter making 50 percent of their attempts but the Bulldogs were even better connecting on 9 of their 14 attempts.
The Lady Miners trimmed the halftime deficit to 45-30 after a three-point play from Pierce with 7:27 to play in the third quarter. Truman responded with a 16-3 run to build a 28-point lead. S&T wouldn't get any closer than 24 points the rest of the way.
The Lady Miners finished the game shooting 30 percent (17-for-57) from the floor, was 4-of-18 from the perimeter and shot 67 percent at the foul line. Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia)led the way with 16 points while Pierce added 11.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Rachel Edmundson with 16 points while Jaseckas added 10. The 'Dogs shot 44 percent from the field, was 9-for-23 from the three-point line and shot 60 percent at the charity stripe. Truman outrebounded S&T 51-33.
The Lady Miners return to action on Saturday hosting Wisconsin-Parkside in a 1 p.m. contest at Billy Key Court.