Tori Foster, Staff Writer

Kirksville, MO– The University of Missouri–St. Louis women Tritons have been persevering throughout the winter break. Overall, the women’s basketball team record is 8 to 7 with 12 more games to go in the regular season before the Great Lakes Valley Conference women’s basketball tournament in March. The women have played six games since the semester ended and four of those games were teams in the GLVC. The women played their first GLVC team, Bellarmine, since 2019 started Jan. 3. According to GLVC sports standings on their website, UMSL women’s basketball team is ranked 10th so far with their conference score being 2 to 4.

The women’s basketball team faced the Truman Bulldogs Jan. 17. At the beginning of first quarter, #24 Kiara Steward, freshman, business, made the first couple of points for the Tritons by tossing in a layup from in the paint. The game started from there, #10 Kaitlynn Henning, senior, nursing, scored seven points in the first half with her excellent jumper, free throws and layup. Steward followed behind Henning with six points from her 2-pointers while in the paint. #11 Alex LaPorta, sophomore, business, and #23 Faye Meissner, freshman, accounting, both scored four points in the first half also. By halftime the score was 21 to 35 with the Bulldogs in the lead.

Coming back from halftime, the Tritons were ready to come back with the steal. LaPorta shot a 3-pointer a minute after third quarter started. Next, #12 Laura Szorenyi, junior, communications, made a 2-pointer. The score was 28 to 35. For the rest of the game the Tritons followed close behind the Bulldogs after every point they made. The Tritons’ determination for the win was amazing but unfortunately, the women fell short by five points to beat Truman. The game ended with Bulldogs scoring one free throw the last three seconds of the fourth quarter which cause the final score to be: Tritons 61-Bulldogs 65. It was a very tough game, but the Tritons kept hustling to the end.

During the game, the women’s team was able to get 34 points in the paint, 13 points in turnovers and 15 points in second chance points. LaPorta earned her eighth triple double so far in the season since she had three assist and three steals. Furthermore, #2 Arielle Jackson, senior, liberal arts, finished with 11 points meaning she was the second leading scorer of the night right after Henning being number one with 17 points.

The women’s basketball team will kick off the Spring 2019 semester with a home game Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. where they will face the Maryville Saints.