Lori Dresner, News Editor
With just five regular season games to go, both the University of Missouri—St. Louis men’s and women’s basketball teams were defeated by the Bellarmine Knights in their Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) games on February 11 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Triton women first battled the Knights but fell to their opponents by a longshot, with a 47-68 loss. The Triton men subsequently took a 10-point loss to the Knights with a final score of 71-81, putting an end to their four-game winning streak.
The Triton women got off to a strong start with a 6-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game, with a layup at 9:07 by Kelly Kunkel, senior, marketing and jumpers by Jordan Fletcher, redshirt sophomore, marketing, and Sydney Skaggs, freshman, business. But Bellarmine fought back quickly and had gained an 18-11 lead by the 10-minute mark. They increased that lead to 30-21 by halftime, despite the Tritons playing catch-up all of the second quarter.
In the second half, the Knights pulled further ahead, eventually gaining a 60-37 lead over the Tritons by the end of the third quarter. The Tritons were unable to catch up to the Knights and were defeated by 21 points. In the end, Bellarmine scored 23 points off of 23 turnovers committed by the Tritons. Meanwhile the Tritons were able to glean just 16 points from the Knights’ 28 turnovers. While both teams weren’t particularly protective of the ball, Bellarmine managed to capitalize the most off UMSL misplays.
Despite the loss, there was strong offensive game-play from Amber Daly, senior, psychology, and Fletcher, who scored 12 points each. Daly also racked up five of the Tritons’ season second-best 15 steals.
The Triton men also exchanged the lead often in their game. Things were looking positive for the Tritons as Andreas Kefalas, sophomore, information systems, netted a three-pointer to take a 30-22 lead over the Knights with just five minutes to go in the first half. But strong offensive play by the Knights helped Bellarmine catch up quickly, tying the game 32-32 with 2:12 left in the first half. The Triton men pulled ahead by two at 1:49 with a layup by Hunter Reine, junior, criminal justice. But the lead was short lived, as Bellarmine netted a three-pointer to pull ahead and eventually secure a 41-34 lead over the Tritons heading into halftime.
Despite getting within eight points a few times in the second half, the Tritons would get no closer. The Knights continued to pull ahead, stretching their lead into double digits, and the Tritons would ultimately take the 10-point loss.
The Triton men experienced strong offensive play-making by Reine, who scored 15 points and 10 rebounds, Joshua Webster, redshirt freshman, communications, who scored 15 points, and Brandon Marquardt, senior business administration, who racked up 12 points and three steals.
Following these defeats, the Tritons took to the court again against the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on the afternoon of February 13. The Triton women were defeated 69-76 while the men dropped another 10-point loss of 76-86. Game highlights included a career-high 22 points by Webster for the Triton men, and more strong offensive showings from Fletcher and Kunkel for the Triton women. The losses put the Triton women’s record at 9-14 overall and the men’s record at 10-14 overall.
In hopes of snapping their two-game losing streak, the Triton men and women will take on Missouri S&T in Rolla on February 18.