UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL will take a 13-game winning streak – the second longest in program history – into this week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament after defeating Quincy 91-75 on Thursday and beating Maryville on the road 70-64 on Saturday. Senior Jordan Fletcher averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds and scored a career-high 34 points in the win over Quincy. Against Maryville, she tallied one block, which gave her 133 for her career, tying the program record. Junior Arielle Jackson averaged 24 points in the two victories, which secured only the third 20-win season in program history. UMSL (20-5, 14-4 GLVC) begins GLVC Tournament play on Thursday as the league’s No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Bellarmine at 8:30 p.m. in the last of four quarterfinal round games. This year’s tournament is being played in Edwardsville, Illinois, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The Tritons beat Quincy 80-57 Thursday night in its home finale but saw their season come to an end Saturday with a 79-70 loss at Maryville. UMSL shot 60 percent in the second half of Thursday’s victory to blow open a game they led by three points at halftime. Freshman Anthony Hughes led the offense with 19 points. Seniors Elijah Watson (25) and Steven Davis (22) combined for 47 points at Maryville in their final collegiate games. Watson also dished out four assists, setting a single-season record with 144 assists. Jason Block set the previous mark with 140 in 2008-09. Davis hit six 3-pointers, giving him 165 for his career, which ranks third all time. The Tritons end their season with a 14-13 record, including a 9-9 mark in the GLVC.
UMSL split a doubleheader at Pittsburg State on Sunday, winning the second game 7-0 after dropping the opener 7-6 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Junior catcher Serena Olson hit three of the Tritons’ seven home runs on the day. UMSL (4-6) will play a nonconference doubleheader at Maryville on Tuesday before heading south to Florida for eight games in the PFX Spring Games, beginning Friday and running through March 6.
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