UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The University of Missouri–St. Louis opened the home portion of its schedule last week with a pair of victories over crosstown foes Fontbonne and Lindenwood. The UMSL Tritons defeated Fontbonne last Wednesday, 77-59, using a 16-2 run in the first half to set the tone. Junior Joseph English scored 13 points, while UMSL connected on 11 three-pointers in the win. Then on Saturday, UMSL posted a 67-62 win over Lindenwood. In a game that saw 16 lead changes in the second half alone, it was freshman Joshua Webster who helped seal the victory by scoring all six of his points in the final 76 seconds of play. Senior Cortez Conners led the offense with 18 points off the bench, knocking in all three three-point attempts, while senior Brandon Marquardt went 4-of-8 from three point range and finished with 14 points. UMSL (2-2) will host Webster Tuesday night.
The Tritons were 1-2 last week, closing the weekend with a 61-52 win at Minnesota State, Mankato after losses to Lindenwood (68-67) and Upper Iowa (74-58). The Tritons were nipped by the visiting Lions last Tuesday on a winning free throw made in the closing seconds. Senior Kelly Kunkel led UMSL with 20 points, while junior Sydney Bloch finished with a career-high 18 points. At Upper Iowa, shooting was the key as the Tritons shot just 2-15 from beyond the arc, while Upper Iowa hit eight three-pointers on top of going 22-25 at the free-throw line. Kunkel again lead the team in scoring with 17 points, adding eight rebounds. At Minnesota State-Mankato, a 12-1 run to open the fourth quarter helped UMSL to the win. Junior Shea O’Brien recorded a season-high 15 points. UMSL (2-2) returns to the court at Kentucky Wesleyan on Wednesday before returning home against Findlay on Saturday.
UMSL won five events on Friday and Saturday at the Miner Invite in Rolla, Mo, finishing third with 685 points. Freshman Diogo Dias won three individual events and one relay, setting a school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.64. Fernando Robledo claimed a win in the 50-yard freestyle. UMSL returns to the pool December 3-5 at the Arkansas Little Rock Christmas Invite.
UMSL finished third at the Miner Invite, highlighted by freshman Amber Visser winning the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events, breaking her own school records in each. Sophomore Angie Quiroga was second in the 200-yard individual medley, while Tatiana Vanegas was second in the 400-yard individual medley. UMSL swims next at the Arkansas Little Rock Christmas Invite December 3-5.
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