Missouri S&T got a big start from Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) and a big finish by Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Miners ended a six-game losing streak to Rockhurst by knocking off the Hawks 81-64 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play Saturday afternoon at Billy Key Court.
Arand scored 12 of the Lady Miners' first 18 points Saturday – including her 1,000th career point along the way --- as S&T raced out to an 18-4 lead to start the contest. She scored 11 of those points during a 17-0 S&T run after Rockhurst scored the initial basket of the game.
The Lady Miners (8-11, 3-8 GLVC) led by 15 following the run, but the Hawks (8-11, 4-7 GLVC) began cutting into the lead as S&T hit only three-of-12 from the field in the second quarter. Rockhurst took the lead with 2:10 left in the half on a jumper by Morgan Harwood, then the game went back and forth until the Hawks went to the locker room with a 29-28 lead at the break.
Rockhurst extended its lead to three in the opening moments of the second half, but S&T ran off the next eight points and took the lead on a Raley three-pointer at the 8:48 mark of the third period. Rockhurst cut that lead down to one and later tied the score on a trey by Madeline Ronshausen, but Arand hit one-of-two at the line less than a minute later to give the advantage back to S&T.
The Lady Miner guards took over matters for the remainder of the quarter, as baskets by Raley, Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) and Arand, followed by another jumper by Kabetske in the final moments of the quarter gave S&T a seven-lead leading into the fourth. The Lady Miners dominated the fourth quarter on the offensive end, hitting 10-of-13 from the field and all four three-point shots in a 33-point period to put the game away.
In one stretch, the Lady Miners scored on 11 consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, turning an eight-point S&T lead into as much as a 19-point advantage.
Arand finished with 21 points – putting her career point total at 1,012 at day's end – to lead a four-player entourage in double figures. Raley scored 16 of her 18 in the second half, while Kabetske had 13 points and Bland posted 10 for S&T. The Lady Miners were 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) from the field in the second half and made five-of-six from three-point range.
Ronshausen had 23 points to lead Rockhurst, who made only 35.5 percent of its shots on the afternoon.
The Lady Miners return to action Thursday when they face William Jewell in a 5:30 p.m. contest in Liberty, Mo.