The Miners and Lady Miners both opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a win over Maryville on Tuesday In Rolla.

The Miners and Lady Miners both opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a win over Maryville on Tuesday In Rolla.

Lady Miners 4-3 (1-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference)

Missouri S&T won a close game 76-73 after exchanging the lead 13 times. 

The Lady Miners led 16-11 after the first quarter after outshooting Maryville 53 to 21 percent. The Lady Saints edged out S&T 6-4 in points off of turnovers while the Lady Miners dominated in the paint 10-4 and 8-0 on fast break attempts.

The Lady Saints then chipped away the deficit in the second period when they outscored Rolla 20-18. Both teams were shooting over 55 percent in the quarter. Maryville used the points in the paint to keep in the contest. They had 20 compared to the Lady Miners’ 12. The other numbers were all even as S&T held a narrow 34-31 lead going into halftime.

Maryville used the third quarter to once again make a run. They outscored the Lady Miners 18-17 in the period to cut the gap to just two points at 51-49 after three. The Lady Saints capitalized off of S&T turnovers. They scored seven points in the quarter from them, while the Lady Miners stayed in the game with five unanswered second chance points off rebounds.

The Lady Miners defense then held strong as both teams scored the most points in the fourth. S&T won the period 25-24. The S&T bench scored eight points late when several key players got into foul trouble. Both teams traded the lead eight times in the quarter. 

The Lady Miners were led in scoring by Alex Kerr with 25 points. Marta Durl scored 14 points while Mykala Baylor added 10 more.

The next game for the Lady Miners is December 17 at 11:30 a.m., against Missouri Baptist for Education Day.

Miners (2-4) (1-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference)

The Miners are 2-4 and coming off of a three-game losing skid, but the team came out strong and picked up a 72-59 win at home against Maryville. 

The Miners took an early lead in the game and held onto it into halftime for a 41-26 advantage during the break. S&T shot 46 percent from the field while the Saints were only at 39. The only lead change in the game was at the very beginning.

The Miners were narrowly outscored by Maryville 33-31 in the second half but the first half buffer was enough to keep the Miners on top. 

S&T had 10 points in the paint and 15 off offensive rebounds to gain the advantage.

As a team the Miners shot 40 percent in the win. Dulan Scott led the team with 21 points while Jordan Newt topped out the double figures with 12 of his own.

S&T will travel to Tahlequah, Okla., on December 17 to face Northeastern State in a non-conference matchup.