By Roderick Wilbon, Sports Editor
The University of Missouri St. Louis Lady Triton’s basketball team held their annual Black Out Basketball Game Jan. 18 versus Maryville. The men also had a great game slated against Maryville too. Students that arrive early to the game were treated to a game shirt, food and first dibs in the spirit competition. Maryville is slated as the hated two hours away rival that comes to town.
Maryville is 4-9 in the wins and losses column overall, while UMSL is 8-5 overall. This is the first matchup between the two teams in the Great Valley Lakes Conference. They say championships are won by defense. Games are won by defense and that’s what the lady Tritons continue to show. The defensive pressure they put on teams is exhausting and smothering.
The first quarter ended with a 14-28 lead by the Tritons. It showed how the game would progress for the rest of the evening. This game was over before many knew it, the defense of UMSL stood out again. It was like a very heavy heated comforter. UMSL put Maryville’s offense to sleep, quickly and aggressively. Which in turn only fueled more offense from the Tritons. The Tritons were on guard for every switch, ball-screen and pass. Maryville is just a bad team, and players are supposed to soundly beat those teams. The Tritons certainly did that and took care of business at home.
Imagine the Golden State Warriors if they were all girls. That’s how the Tritons looked against Maryville. Great lock down defense, raining three-pointers from heaven, and some easy inside baskets. The game would end 83-64, with the Tritons taking the win. Shawnta Johnson, senior, communications, started the game as usual, but seemed to be playing on an injury. Seems to be a quad or hamstring injury, which could be seen wrapped with athletic taping. It did not slow her down much and she still ended the game: 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Jordan Fletcher, senior, marketing with minor in communications, recorded her 1,000th career point during the game and eclipsed it too. She finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. All smiles for the big win and her accomplishment from Fletcher. Her milestone was announced mid game and after the game was rewarded with a commemorative game ball.
Lady Tritons will face Rockhurst for the next home game January 25 at 5:30 p.m.