ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's women's basketball played on relatively even terms with Drury over the first few minutes of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference contest at Billy Key Court, but the ninth-ranked Lady Panthers began taking control as the first period began winding down and handed the Lady Miners a 103-57 setback.
The Lady Miners (8-13, 3-10 GLVC) never led in the game, but were within a point at 8-7 following a three-point play by Bria Pierce (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) with 6:51 left in the first period. S&T still trailed by an 18-12 count following a three-pointer by Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) a little under two minutes later, but the Lady Panthers (20-2, 11-1 GLVC) started pulling away over the final five minutes of the period, outscoring S&T 8-2 before Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township)'s lay-in off an offensive rebound cut Drury's lead to 10 at the end of the first.
After the Lady Miners scored the initial basket of the second quarter, Drury went on a 17-1 burst to build its lead to 24 and led by 22 at the half. The Lady Panthers were able to extend the lead despite making only six-of-22 from the field in the quarter, but the Lady Miners hit only two of their 10 shots during that span.
Drury outscored the Lady Miners 57-33 in the second half as it finished the game shooting 43.5 percent from the field and hitting 14 three-point baskets. S&T connected on just 37.7 percent for the game, was outrebounded by 21 and turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 33 Drury points.
Arand had 15 points and Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) added 13 to lead the Lady Miners, while Drury's Hailey Diestelkamp led all scorers in the contest with 20.
The Lady Miners return to action next Saturday when they play at Missouri-St. Louis in a 1 p.m. game.