Karli Sample scored a career-high 25 points to help Missouri S&T rally from a 15-point second half deficit to defeat William Jewell.
(Rolla, Mo.) – Karli Sample scored a career-high 25 points, 15 in the second half, to help Missouri S&T rally from a 15-point second half deficit to defeat William Jewell 69-67 on Thursday night in Rolla. Sample scored the final four points of the game for S&T including two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to give it the lead.
The Lady Miners (6-8, 2-4 GLVC) trailed 48-33 three minutes into the second half as the Cardinals (8-6, 3-3 GLVC) outscored them 10-4 to start the frame. S&T began to chip away at the lead and trailed by only seven with 7:19 to play after a putback by Mia Wesley. The Lady Miners had chances to get closer over the next 1:30, but Elsie Greenwood missed two free throws and Senait McLeod missed a three. The defense held William Jewell scoreless during that stretch which was beneficial to the comeback.
The Cardinals extended the lead to 61-51 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Maddie Nelson with 5:42 to go. S&T then scored eight of the next 10 points to cut the lead to four with less than four minutes to play on Jaaron Kassanavoid's second three-pointer of the night. Nelson pushed the lead back to six 0:41 later, then Sample answered on the other end making a driving layup and hit the ensuing free throw to make it a three-point game.
After turnover by William Jewell, Kassanavoid missed a layup in traffic, but Sample got the rebound and kicked it out to Wesley who hit a three from the top of the key to tie the game with 2:00 left. The Lady Miners got a stop on the Cardinals next possession and then Sample put S&T ahead with a layup from McLeod with 1:15 to go. After an S&T timeout, Cassy Nicolay had a chance to tie the game, but couldn't convert and Wesley got the rebound. The Lady Miners turned it over 0:10 later when McLeod was stripped from behind by Chelsea Meeks and then McLeod fouled her to prevent the layup. Meeks hit both free throws to tie the game with 0:37 left.
With the shot clocking winding down Sample got the ball on the left block and as she went up for the shot she was fouled by Nicolay and went to the foul line to knock down the free throws. The Cardinals had one more chance to the tie game as Aerial Smith drove the length of the floor, but her layup was blocked at the buzzer by Wesley and Sample secured the rebound to end the game.
William Jewell led for a majority of the first half in this one before the Lady Miners rallied back to take a 29-28 with less than five minutes before the intermission. The Cardinals scored the final 10 points of the stanza to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room. Meeks had four points in the run while Jessie Wheeler added three and Nelson had two.
S&T finished the game shooting 46 percent (27-for-59) from the floor, was 6-of-19 from three and went 9-for-14 at the charity stripe. The Lady Miners were 5-of-5 at the foul line in the final five minutes of this one. S&T held a 40-to-33 edge on the glass and was led by Sample with nine rebounds. She led three Lady Miners in double figures with her 25 points. Wesley and Kassanavoid added 14 and 10 points off the bench respectively.
William Jewell finished the game shooting 41 percent (26-for-64) from the floor, was 6-of-20 from beyond the arc and 9-for-13 at the foul line. Nelson led the Cardinals with 18 points while Meeks and Hayli Jo Smith had 17 and 11 points apiece. WJC forced S&T into 23 turnovers resulting in 29 points.
The Lady Miners continue their four-game homestand on Saturday when they face Rockhurst at 1 p.m.