UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

Junior guard Arielle Jackson landed on the Great Lakes Valley Conference all-tournament team after averaging 21.5 points in two games last week in Edwardsville, Illinois, but her game-high 24 points weren’t enough for the Tritons to stave off a season-ending 69-66 loss to eventual champion Drury in Saturday’s semifinal.

Women’s Basketball
UMSL saw its season come to an end in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday with a 69-66 loss to eventual champion Drury, the nation’s No. 3 team. The Tritons had defeated Bellarmine 77-74 in Thursday night’s quarterfinal to make it to the semifinals while riding a 14-game winning streak, equaling the longest such run in program history. But it ended when the Panthers outscored them 12-4 over the final two minutes on Saturday in Edwardsville, Illinois. Junior Arielle Jackson was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 21.5 points, including a game-high 24 against Drury. UMSL finishes with a 21-6 record, tying the program’s second-highest single-season victory total.

The Tritons used three straight hits to open the bottom of the ninth and scored two runs to rally for a 7-6 win over Rockhurst on Saturday in the first of 10 games in Florida. Freshman AJ Davis delivered the game-winning RBI single. UMSL then suffered a 22-9 loss to No. 25 Seton Hill on Sunday as six errors led to 12 unearned runs. Senior Cooper Vinz went 4 for 6 at the plate. The Tritons (3-2) will play Cedarville today, Seton Hill again on Tuesday, a doubleheader against Grand Valley State on Wednesday, Minnesota Crookston on Thursday, Lewis on Friday and a doubleheader against Wayne State on Saturday.

UMSL’s softball team is also in Florida and opened its trip with four victories, outlasting Gannon in 11 innings for a 6-5 win and downing Lake Erie 9-1 in five innings last Friday before collecting two more victories against Ursuline (5-0) and USciences (7-4) on Saturday. Junior Serena Olson recorded eight hits, including four home runs, in those games and finished with 12 RBI. Sophomore Andee Tiffee went 2-0 in the circle while also recording a save. The Tritons (8-8) takes on Minnesota Duluth and Holy Family today and Lynn and Northern State on Tuesday before returning home. UMSL will then welcome Saginaw Valley State on Friday in its home opener before hosting McKendree on Sunday in the GLVC opener.

Women’s Tennis
The Tritons bounced back from a 7-2 loss to NCAA Division I Drake on Friday by sweeping McKendree on Saturday. Junior Jennifer Hauer went 2-0 in singles while senior Annie Hays and sophomore Janet Auclair won both of their matches at No. 3 doubles. UMSL (2-2) will play host to Illinois Springfield on Friday and No. 18 Southwest Baptist on Sunday.

Men’s Tennis
UMSL won five of six singles matches on Saturday en route to a 6-3 win at McKendree in the team’s spring opener. Junior Rob White won at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles. The Tritons (2-0) will play host to Illinois Springfield on Friday and No. 13 Southwest Baptist on Sunday.


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