The Missouri S&T women’s basketball team traveled to Ohio to take part in the Ashland Thanksgiving Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Miners started with a 100-72 loss to the host on Saturday, before a 70-67 overtime loss to Wayne State on Sunday.
The Missouri S&T women's basketball found out how difficult going up against the nation's second-ranked team is as the Miners suffered a 100-72 loss to the Ashland (Ohio) Eagles this Saturday (Nov. 24) afternoon in the second opening-round game of the Ashland Thanksgiving Tournament at AU's Kates Gymnasium.
Ashland, which improved to 4-0 overall on the season and were the 2017-18 NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, utilized an up-tempo offense and a deep bench to overpower Missouri S&T. The Miners, who dressed only 10 players due to a combination of illness and injuries, keep the game close the first 10 minutes of action before the host Eagles pulled away in the second quarter to take a 47-29 halftime lead. The second half saw Ashland increase its margin, which included an 11-point advantage in the third quarter alone.
Junior forward Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) turned in a productive game for Missouri S&T, which falls to 2-2 this season, by netting 16 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. Raley's 11 boards equaled her career best which she set last season (1/15) versus William Jewell. The Miners, who went 25-of-68 from the floor for 36.8 percent, received 14 points from sophomore guard Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) while freshman guard Michaela Davis(Keokuk, Iowa/Keokuk) tossed in 12 and junior guard Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) added 10 points. S&T went 10-of-18 from beyond the three-point arc as Raley drained four triples, Kabetske three, and Durk had two.
Ashland was led by Sara Loomis' game-high 27 points while Karlee Pieru and Maddie Dackin totaled 18 and 12 points, respectively. Loomis, who nailed five-of-eight trey attempts, also was effective defensively with a team-leading 10 rebounds and a squad-most three blocked shots. The Eagles, who outrebounded S&T 50-42 for the game, went 46.5 percent shooting (40-86) from the field while going 31.4 percent (11-35) in three-point field attempts.
At the free throw line, Missouri S&T made good on 12-of-19 opportunities for a 63.2 success rate while Ashland connected on nine-of-14 attempts which resulted in a 64.3 percentage.
The Eagles controlled the paint area, outscoring the Miners 54-24 and recorded an 18 points (42-24) advantage in bench scoring.
After 1st Q - AU 23, S&T 14
A Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic) three-point field goal with 6:41 left gave S&T a 10-7 lead before the Eagles went on a 10-1 run to go ahead 17-11 with five minutes remaining in the quarter. Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern)'s three-ball with under five left narrowed the Miners' deficit to three (17-14), but Ashland countered with six straight points to close out the first quarter.
After 2nd Q - AU 47, S&T 29
The second quarter saw Ashland reel off 16 unanswered points in a three-minute span to go up by 24 points (43-19) with 4:24 remaining in the second quarter. The Miners chipped away and were able to get within 18 points at 47-29 just 38 seconds before intermission on a Maddie Raley (Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern) three-point field goal.
After 3rd Q - AU 76, S&T 47
The third quarter was dominated by Ashland as the Eagles led by as many as 32 points (76-44) with under a minute left in the frame after holding a 20-points plus margin all for about one minute.
FINAL SCORE: AU 100, S&T 72
Missouri S&T managed to outscore the Eagles albeit by one (25-24) in the final quarter although the outcome had long been decided. The Miners managed to cut a 31-point deficit down to 22 points at 78-56 with 7:26 left in the game, but were unable to get any closer as the host team built its lead up to 29 points (96-67) and reached the century mark with 48 seconds remaining on a layup.
Against Wayne State:
The Missouri S&T women's basketball team discovered the hard way a game isn't over until the final buzzer sounds as the Miners let a lead slip away en route to suffering a disappointing 70-67 overtime loss to Wayne State (Mich.) this Sunday (Nov. 25) afternoon in second-round play of the Ashland (Ohio) Thanksgiving Tournament at AU's Kates Gymnasium.
The Miners, who held a 40-29 lead at the half, were outscored by the Warriors 35-24 in the second half to send the game into overtime. Wayne State posted a 23-13 points advantage in the fourth quarter and proceeded to outscore Missouri S&T 6-3 in the five-minute overtime frame.
For S&T, freshman center Alex Kerr's14 points led four players in double-digit scoring. Junior forward Maddie Raley and sophomore guard Marta Durk each tallied 12 points while junior center Mykala Baylor contributed 10 points. Baylor along with junior forward Ashley Harvey paced the Miners in rebounding with nine boards apiece.
Guard Nastassja Chambers' game-high 20 points was tops among three individuals with double-figure totals for Wayne State, which with the win improves to 2-3 on the season. Guard Ja'Nae Williams totaled 18 points with nine rebounds and guard Alex Matus garnered 14 points as the Warriors would go 24-for-73 shooting from the field (32.9 percent). WSU was successful on seven-of-23 (30.4 percent) in three points and had a 62.5 percent success rate (15-24) at the charity stripe.
Missouri S&T, which drops to 2-3 overall this season, finished the game shooting 47.2 percent (25-53) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-18) from three-point territory, and was 9-of-11 at the free throw line for 81.8 percent. Wayne State forced the Miners into 29 turnovers, which played a key part in its comeback, while the Warriors committed 16 of their own.
The Miners would take a 28-10 points advantage in bench scoring while the Warriors claimed the upper hand in both second-chance points (16-5) and points off turnovers (26-15).
After 1st Q – S&T 20, WSU 9
S&T jumped out to a 9-3 lead three minutes into the game, but Wayne State went on a 6-2 scoring run to get within 11-9 at the 3:13 mark. The Miners countered by scoring nine consecutive points to close out the first quarter.
After 2nd Q – S&T 40, WSU 29
The Warriors fought back in the initial three minutes to draw within 24-23 before S&T tallied 10 straight points to go up by 11 points, 34-23, on a Marta Durk (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) three-pointer with 4:50 remaining in the quarter. The remaining time saw the Miners post their largest lead of the opening half at 11 points on two more occasions, which included with one second left after an Alex Kerr (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph's Academy) layup.
After 3rd Q – S&T 51, WSU 41
The Miners' double-figure lead evaporated at the 5:45 mark as the Warriors proceeded to narrow their deficit down to five (44-39) with 2:25 remaining on the clock. But, S&T was able to get its lead back up to double digits as the Miners scored seven straight points to lead by 12 at 51-39 on Mykala Baylor's (South Bend, Ind./Clay) basket with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.
After 4th Q – S&T 64, WSU 64
Trailing by 15 points (56-41) with 8:29 left in the regulation, Wayne State outscored the Miners 11-3 over the next two-plus minutes to cut its deficit down to seven (59-52). WSU would make a final run in the final 3:13 minutes by scoring nine consecutive points to pull into a 63-all tie with 50 seconds left. WSU's Ja'Nae Williams then made both free throws to give the Warriors their first lead (64-63) of the game and S&T was able to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining on the backend of a two-shot free throw by Alex Kerr (St. Louis, Mo./St. Joseph's Academy). WSU would have the final shot to win it in regulation but Ja'Nae Williams' shot was blocked by Ashley Harvey (Raytown, Mo./Raytown) as the horn sounded.
FINAL SCORE: WSU 70, S&T 67
In the five-minute overtime, Wayne State made four straight free throws to increase their lead to 68-64 with two minutes elapsed. A three-point field goal by Jordan Kabetske (Republic, Mo./Republic)trimmed WSU's lead to a point (68-67) at the 2:34 mark, but the Miners were unable to get any closer. Ja'Nae Williams' free throw with 2:17 left put the Warriors up by two (69-67) and then Sam Cherney made a free throw after being fouled on an offensive rebound with 1:58 remaining.
Up Next: Missouri S&T begins Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play Saturday, Dec. 1, versus the Drury Panthers in Springfield, Mo. A 1 p.m. (CT) start is scheduled for the instate matchup at DU's O'Reilly Family Events Center.