ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's women's basketball team fell victim to a numbers game Thursday night, as a deeper Truman State squad wore down the Lady Miners and came away with a 79-59 Great Lakes Valley Conference win at Billy Key Court.
The Bulldogs (9-3, 4-1 GLVC) had nine different players play between 11 and 22 minutes in the contest and four others who played close to 10, while the shorthanded Lady Miners (6-7, 1-4 GLVC) used seven players for the bulk of the game. After a competitive first quarter between the teams – a quarter in which Truman led 27-22 when it ended – the Bulldogs gradually pulled away over the course of the final three periods.
S&T was playing right with Truman in the early going, holding a couple of early leads thanks to a three-point play and another basket by Joe'l Bland in the first three minutes of play. Even after Truman grabbed its first lead on Sam Andrews' three-pointer with 5:56 to go in the quarter that sparked a 13-4 burst, the Lady Miners was able to cut the margin to two on Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township)'s lay-in with just over a minute to go.
The Lady Miners got the lead back early in the second quarter at 31-30 on a jumper by Maddie Raley(Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern), but Truman rattled off the next seven points and after a basket by Bria Pierce (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) halted that run, the Bulldogs finished the half on another 7-0 run to take a 44-33 lead to the intermission.
Truman's lead would remain in double figures of the remainder of the contest as it won for the sixth time in seven games.
Missouri S&T shot 61.5 percent in the first quarter, but never exceeded 35 percent in any of the final three periods and finished the night at 36.5 percent. Truman, despite a second quarter when it shot only 35.3 percent, hit 46.9 percent of its shots and made 11-of-25 from three-point range.
Bria Pierce (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) led three Lady Miners in double figures with 17 points, while Bland and Raley added 11 apiece.
Missouri S&T will face eighth-ranked Drury Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest in Springfield, Mo.