ROLLA, Mo. – After allowing its biggest lead of the game escape its grasp early in the fourth quarter, Missouri S&T's women's basketball team regrouped and made some key plays down the stretch to pick up a 64-59 win Monday night over William Jewell at Billy Key Court.
The Lady Miners (7-8, 2-5 Great Lakes Valley Conference) led by 10 nearly midway through the third quarter, but William Jewell (7-7, 4-3 GLVC) overcame that deficit and took the lead twice, the last time at 55-53 on a reverse lay-up by Natalie Closser with 3:42 remaining. S&T tied the game back up almost a minute later on a jumper by Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern), then after Raley got the rebound on a miss by Hayden Butler, she made a dish to Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) for the go-ahead basket with 2:35 to go.
After Kayla Harrell went one-of-two at the line for the Cardinals to cut the S&T lead to one, Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) drove to the basket and scored with 1:13 remaining to give the Lady Miners a three-point lead. Following another defensive stop by S&T and a pair of Cardinal fouls to get the Lady Miners to the free throw line, Kabetske hit two at the charity stripe with 37 seconds left to make it a five-point game.
Jewell did get back to within three with nine seconds to play, but Kabetske hit two more three throws a couple of seconds later to ice the win.
The Lady Miners fell behind early in the contest before the game turned into a see-saw affair for the remainder of the half, as there were three ties and 10 lead changes over the first 20 minutes of play. S&T took the lead for good in the half on a three-pointer by Kabetske at the 3:08 mark of the second quarter, then baskets by Durk and Raley near the end of the period led to a 34-30 Lady Miner lead.
Missouri S&T shot 63.6 percent in the second quarter and made four of its six three-point tries.
Raley and Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) led four Lady Miners in double figures with 14 points apiece, while Kabetske added 12 and Joe'l Bland added 10. Kabetske scored all six of her second half points in the final 1:13 of the final quarter and Raley added a career-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double at S&T.
Adriana Rodriguez led William Jewell with 16 points, but the Cardinals made only 36.1 percent of their shots on the night.
Missouri S&T heads to the road for its three games, starting with a matchup with nationally-ranked Southern Indiana Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Evansville, Ind.