EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Missouri S&T's women's basketball team was unable to keep up with Southern Indiana's fast start Thursday night, as the 21st-ranked Screaming Eagles raced out to a 16-point lead after 10 minutes had been played and went on to beat S&T 90-71.
The Lady Miners (7-9, 2-6 Great Lakes Valley Conference) kept pace with the Screaming Eagles (14-2, 6-1 GLVC) in the early going, scoring on their first two possessions of the game following USI turnovers and later holding a lead of 11-10 at the 6:21 mark following a lay-up by Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia).
However, following a lay-in by Morgan Dahlstrom, the Screaming Eagles went on a 17-0 run to build a 16-point lead over the next four-plus minutes before Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic)stopped the run with a pair of free throws.
Southern Indiana led 31-15 after one quarter and had the lead out to as much as 24 points in the second quarter.
Missouri S&T outscored the Screaming Eagles 42-40 in the second half as it 55.2 percent after the break. Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia), who led S&T with 23 points, had 11 of her points in the second half as did Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic), who also finished in double figures with 13. Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) had 18 points as well for the Lady Miners, who shot 49.1 percent for the contest.
Southern Indiana, meanwhile, shot 54.2 percent on the night and also had three in double figures, led by Dahlstrom's 23 points.
The Lady Miners will remain on the road as they will face Bellarmine Saturday in a 1 p.m. (Eastern time) game in Louisville, Ky. Bellarmine will come into Saturday's game fresh off an 84-70 upset win over sixth-ranked Drury 84-70 on Thursday.