Tori Foster, Staff Writer
The University of Missouri-St. Louis women’s basketball team played against Rockhurst Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Mark Twain Building. Prior to this game, the women’s record was 9-9 and their Great Valley Lakes Conference record was 3-6. The Tritons are tied in 10th place with Missouri S&T, according to GLVC’s 2018-19 official women’s basketball standings through January 26, 2019.
#24 Kiara Stewart, freshman, business, started off the first quarter with a lay up and a jumper. #2 Arielle Jackson, senior, liberal arts, made sure the Tritons were off to a great start. Jackson scored 12 points in the first quarter with two 2-pointers and one 3-pointer followed by two free throws. First quarter ended with the Tritons in the lead; Tritons 26 Rockhurst 14.
In the second quarter, Rockhurst tried to crack down on the Tritons offense, but Jackson shot a jumper in the paint followed by a jumper by Stewart. Jackson scored another six points. The score was 37-31 with less than two minutes on the board. #11 Alex LaPorta, sophomore, business, scored a free throw and 3-pointer in the last four seconds of the quarter closed off the first half Tritons 41 Rockhurst 34.
#12 Laura Szorenyi, junior, communications, opened the second half of the game with a jumper. As the quarter continued, #23 Faye Meissner, freshman, accounting, surged for a jumper after shooting a 3-pointer. You can tell by the Triton’s energy they came to win. Meissner then shot a wide open 3-and 2-pointer with six minutes remaining in the quarter. In the last minute the score became tied, Tritons 51 Rockhurst 51. Jackson shot a layup within the last eight seconds of the third quarter leaving the Tritons trailing behind Rockhurst by one point. Tritons 53 Rockhurst 54.
In the last quarter, #44 Grace Morrow, junior, biology pre-med, scored four points within the first three minutes. The last two minutes of the game Meissner made a 3-pointer from her position close to the sideline. Throughout the quarter there was constant turnovers, fouls and free throws. Stewart made three free throws, LaPorta made two and #10 Kaitlynn Henning, senior, nursing, made one free throw. The score was now Tritons 66 Rockhurst 65. Since two Rockhurst players fouled the Tritons back to back, Stewart was able to shoot one free throw and Jackson shot four. Stewart and Jackson led the Tritons to a win with their free throws in the last six seconds.
The final score was Tritons 71 Rockhurst 65. The top three shooters for the game were Jackson with 26 points, LaPorta with 12 and Steward with 10. The women might be on a winning streak.
The women’s basketball team has two games which are Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. their opponent is Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo., and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at Drury in Springfield, Mo.