ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's women's basketball rolled to a 79-63 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside to pick up its first win in Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Billy Key Court. S&T got a balanced scoring effort with seven players scoring in the game.
The Lady Miners (6-6, 1-3 GLVC) opened the game scoring 13 of the first 15 points before going cold from the floor allowing Parkside (6-10, 2-2 GLVC) to cut the lead to 13-7 on a three-pointer by Ajah Lawson with 3:28 to go in the opening quarter. S&T stretched its lead 17 points behind 11 straight points from Janie Arand(Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) to lead 24-7 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Rangers scored the first four points of the second quarter but the Lady Miners responded with a 14-1 run to build its largest lead of the game at 38-12 on a layup by Kristin Steins (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) with 1:08 to play in the half. Parkside cut the lead to 19 with seven straight points before Arand hit a layup right before the buzzer to send S&T into the locker room with a 40-19 lead.
Arand led all scorers with 19 points in the half while Joe'l Bland added seven and Maddie Raley(Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) had six points. The Lady Miners shot 46 percent (16-for-35) from the field, they were 3-of-10 from three and shot 83 percent at the foul line.
The Rangers struggled to shoot the basketball in the first 20 minutes making only 16 percent (5-for-31) from the field, they were 2-of-15 from three and shot 78 percent at the foul line. Ali Bettencourt led Parkside with nine points while Lawson added five.
S&T extended its halftime lead to 22 points early in the third quarter when Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) converted an old-fashioned three-point play. The Rangers responded with eight straight to get to within 15 points but that would be the closest they got as the Lady Miners ended the quarter by scoring eight of the last 11 points to take a 20-point lead into the final quarter.
Parkside cut the lead to under 20 multiple times in the final 10 minutes but every time it did S&T pushed the lead back over 20 and led by 25 points multiple times. The Rangers hit back-to-back three's in the final 1:10 to make the final margin 16 points.
Arand led all scorers with 25 points and was one of three players to reach double figures. Raley added 14 while Bland finished with 13. The Lady Miners finished the game shooting 49 percent (26-for-53) from the floor, was 4-of-12 from three and made a season-high 23 free throws. They outrebounded Parkside 43 to 32.
The Rangers finished the game shooting 31 percent (22-for-72) from the field, they were 4-of-27 from three and shot 83 percent at the foul line. Carolina Rahkonen led Parkside with 21 points, all in the second half, Bettencourt dropped in 15 and Lucija Bilic finished with 10.
S&T is back at home next Thursday taking on Truman State at 5:30 p.m. at Billy Key Court.