Western women fall short of Missouri S&T

By Mason Marshall

December 3, 2013

One Griffon’s career night was not enough to get Western past the Miners of Missouri S&T on Saturday, Nov. 30 as Missouri Western fell five points short.

“I felt the team did well. There were a few mistakes we all had and, with the physical type of defense we have, it got us in foul trouble and put us in a bit of a bind,” Sharniece Lewis said.

In the first half, the Griffons were trailing the Miners. Halfway through the first period, the Miners were up by nine, leading Western 25-16. However, the Griffons fought back and caught up just before the first half ended, trailing 38-33.

“I wouldn’t say we didn’t perform well, but just not the way we know how and have done in previous games,” JQ Dever said.

Dever shot 2-3 from the field and 1-2 from three-point range.

The Griffons struggled with making shots, as they only made 12 out of the 36 shots they attempted. Ariana Novak led with eight points, while Lewis had seven. Tiffanie Abrams led with a total of 7 rebounds.

Free throws were not their strong suit either in the first half, as Western only made six of 13.

“Free throw shooting is something we’re struggling with right now. There are new rules now about how you can defend someone and we have to be careful not to allow easy points on the line,” head coach Rob Edmisson said.

As the second half started, the Griffons were ready to win. They came out and went on a 12-2 run, putting them ahead of S&T 59-55 with eight minutes left to play.

“I think once we noticed a change in their defense, we had to adjust the first couple minutes to get going,” Dever said.

With four minutes left to play, the Griffons held their largest lead in the game at 71-66.

Despite the running offense, the Miners proved too much in the remaining minutes, as Missouri S&T went on an 11-1 run.

Western fell short of the Miners, losing 77-72.

Lewis had a career high of 22 points in the game. She shot 8-18 from the field and 6-15 from the arc.

“I felt my performace was alright. I tried my best to do what I could for the team, but I felt it wasn’t necessarily up to par,” Lewis said.

This loss puts Western at 4-2, and is the second loss in a row, following a game against Drury University.

“Consistency is something that we’re lacking right now, but we have moments where we’re doing some things well, and some where we have lapses,” Edmisson said.

The Griffons will open MIAA play against Fort Hays State on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. in the MWSU Fieldhouse.