By Lance Jordan, Sports Editor
With the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament spots on the line, the University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s and women’s basketball teams came out in full force against the Maryville Saints February 23 in the Mark Twain Building.
The women Tritons put away the women Saints by 34 points, while the men Tritons put away the men Saints by 20 points.
The women’s matchup started the night. The first half saw the Saints draw a foul early on Jordan Fletcher, junior, business marketing, who scored both free throws. From there Sydney Bloch, senior, business and criminology, would secure a layup holding a 4-point lead before the Saints could come back with their own 3-pointer. The Tritons continued to push the Saints, finishing the quarter with 14 points while the Saints finished with nine points. Early in the second quarter, Robneisha Lee, senior, liberal studies, took on a leadership role, scoring one of her two free throws and assisting Fletcher and Laura Szorenyi, sophomore, communications, who both put up points for the team. The Tritons continued to put on a show on the court, extending their lead by 13 points. Ending the second quarter, the score stood at 32-19.
Fletcher and Lee continued the charge into the third quarter with Fletcher putting up a layup and Lee securing a 3-pointer. The Tritons continued to tally up the points, due in large part to eight free throws the team secured off fouls. With nearly three minutes left in the quarter, the Tritons continued to hold a 20+ game lead as the Saints attempted to find a way back into the matchup. At the end of the third quarter, however, it was a 27-point lead for the Tritons, the quarter ending 60-33.
In the fourth and final quarter, the Tritons repeated their performance, starting off strong. Samie Sproul, junior, business, put away a 3-pointer with Shawnta Johnson, junior, communications, following a minute later with a layup. For the remainder of the game, the Saints could not close the 30-point deficit. Continuous strong shooting from the Tritons lead them to a 34-point victory, the final score 79-35.
This was Fletcher’s eighth 20-plus scoring game of the season and fourth double-double. Fletcher also grabbed 11 rebounds and three blocks, which gave her 99 blocks for her career, needing only one more to become the third player in the program’s history to make 100 blocks.
Lee also put up an impressive 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Chelsey Jacox, graduate, social work, also tied Lee with 12 points. Johnson pulled down 11 rebounds.
As of Thursday night the lady Tritons hold the record of 15-11, 10-8 GLVC.
The men Tritons took the court next. Not to be upstaged by their women counterparts, they looked to punish the Saints early in the first half as well. Elijah Watson, junior, accounting, started the party early with 3-pointer, followed by a layup from DJ White, junior, physical education. It didn’t stop there, however; Dre Holmes, senior, business management, scored a 3-pointer and a layup giving the team an 8-point lead four minutes within the matchup. Great shooting by the team allowed the Tritons to acquire a 21-point lead over the Saints as the first half finished with Tritons on top 42-21.
In the second half, the Saints got more competitive with the Tritons as the team actually outscored the Tritons by 27 points, while the Tritons put up 26. However, accumulatively the Saints only finished with 48 points, while the Tritons finished with 68.
Steven Davis, junior, business management, scored the most for the Tritons, knocking down 12 points. Davis put away four 3-pointers, tying second place on the program’s single season charts with 84, only five points shy of the record.
Hunter Reine, senior, criminal justice, tallied up nine points with eight rebounds, while Kevin Swanson, senior, liberal studies, and Watson had eight points apiece.
As of Thursday night the men Tritons hold the record of 11-17, 5-13 GLVC.
On February 26 in the Mark Twain Building the Triton women’s basketball team played the first round of the GLVC tournament against Saint Joseph. The Triton men’s basketball team traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to face Indianapolis in a first round GLVC tournament matchup.