Lady Miners cruise by Westminster and Miners fall to Lincoln

Missouri S&T Women vs. Westminster Lady Blue Jays

The Lady Miners played the third game of the 2019 season and their first home game of the season resulted in a 113-46 win over the Blue Jays.

S&T took a narrow 28-24 lead after the first period where both teams were able to control the other. The Lady Miners shot 11 for 21 from the field while Westminster was 7-14. The biggest lead of both teams was four points at one point in the quarter.

The Lady Miners began to stretch their lead in the first half as they shot near 50 percent once again. S&T took nearly 10 more shots than Westminster and it began to show as they led 50-32 at halftime.

Maddie Raley and Alex Kerr both led the Lady Miners with eight points each in the first half. Mykala Baylor led S&T with her six rebounds on the defensive side.

Westminster was led in scoring by Reese Arnold who scored 10 points for the Lady Blue Jays. Mikalyn Callahan, who is from Lebanon High School, led Westminster with four rebounds in the half.

Missouri S&T stretched their lead even bigger in the third period, leading 83-41 after the quarter. The shot 60 percent in the period compared to the Lady Blue Jays’ two baskets they made.

The Lady Miners did more of the same thing in the final quarter as they outscored Westminster 30-5 in the quarter and picked up the first win of the season.

Laura Rodriguez led the team with 26 points in the game. Marta Durk was second in scoring with her 15. Kristen Keys had 14 while both Raley and Kerr finished the game with 12 each. Balyor was the top rebounder for the Lady Miners with her seven while Kristin Steins grabbed six rebounds in her seven minutes of play. A total of 11 S&T women had a rebound in the win.

Westminster was led by Arnold who had 12 points in the game. Abbie Reece had seven points in the loss. Kallee Dower was the top rebounder with five in the game.

The Lady Miners broke a school record of 109 points in a game. They also set a record of 63 points in the second half, scoring 14 3-pointers in a game and having 35 assists as a team.

The Lady Miners will host Lindenwood-Belleville from Illinois on Tuesday for their next game.

Missouri S&T Men vs. Lincoln University Blue Tigers

The Miners began the season with a tough 55-66 loss to Lincoln University from Jefferson City.

The first half of the game went the way of the Blue Tigers as they outshot the Miners to gain an 18-8 lead at the 10-minute mark. They shot 51 percent from 31 attempts compared to S&T’s 24 percent on 29 shots. They also narrowly outrebounded Missouri S&T 22-16 in the half and Lincoln led 35-17 at the break.

The Miners were led in scoring by Yahmir Muhammad with his six points, while Chima Oduocha put five on the board. Oduocha was also the leading rebounder for S&T.

The Tigers were led in scoring by both Cameron Potts and Lamont Ballard who both had eight points at the half. Marcel Burton added seven in the game and Potts was the leader in rebounding at eight.

The Miners began to fight their way back as they cut the Blue Tigers’ lead to just 45-38 at the midway point of the second half. They continued to press the Blue Tigers until they were within three points with just under three minutes left in the game.

S&T outscored the Blue Tigers 28-10 in the final 10 minutes but the Miners were unable to overcome the 18-point first half deficit.

The Miners shot just 31 percent in the game. They had 16 points from Oduocha and Muhammad. CJ Hedgepeth scored 13 points for the Miners to round out the players in double figures. Oduocha also led the team in rebounds with nine.

“It’s hard to overcome such a slow start against a good, athletic team. We fought like crazy to give ourselves a chance to win at the end and I’m proud of our guys for that,” Missouri S&T coach Bill Walker said after the game.

“Missouri Western, like Lincoln, is another athletic team that will win games in the MIAA. For us to win we will have to play and execute for two halves, instead of just one.”

The Miners next game will be on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Missouri Western in St. Joseph.