UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The 16th-ranked University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s basketball team rebounded from its first losing streak of the season by beating Quincy 80-69 on Thursday and Illinois Springfield 89-62 on Saturday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. Isaiah Fuller scored a game-high 24 points and Bowen Sandquist added 18, including five 3-pointers, as the Tritons overcame a 31-28 halftime deficit against Quincy and outscored the Hawks 52-38 in the second half. UMSL shot 60.3% from the field against Illinois Springfield and had four players finish in double figures, led by Victor Nwagbaraocha‘s 21 points. Donovan Vickers had 20 off the bench, and Fuller and Sandquist had 14 and 12, respectively. The Tritons (16-3, 8-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will hit the road this week with games against Williams Jewell on Thursday and Truman State on Saturday.
UMSL split a pair of home games last week, losing to Quincy 79-69 on Thursday before bouncing back with a 97-77 victory over Illinois Springfield on Saturday. Jalysa Stokes scored a career-high 38 points while going 6 for 7 from 3-point range against the Prairie Stars. Morgan Ramthun, Amaya Blake and Kiara Stewart all joined her in double figures with 17, 16 and 14 points, respectively. The Tritons shot a season-best 64% from the field. Offense had been harder to come by two nights earlier against Quincy as UMSL shot 40.6% from the field. Stokes had 27 points, and Ramthun and Stewart each had 13, but the Tritons made only 2 of 10 3-pointers. UMSL (7-10, 5-6 GLVC) will visit William Jewell on Thursday and Truman State on Saturday.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
Both UMSL swimming teams lost dual meets Friday against nationally ranked teams from McKendree on Friday at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex with the 20th-ranked men losing 207-82 against the fourth-ranked Bearcats and the women losing 174-107 to the 11th-ranked Bearcats. The Tritons found more success as they returned home for Senior Day on Saturday with the men winning its dual against Truman State 151-51 and the women beating the Bulldogs 144-60. The Tritons honored 16 seniors prior to the start of Saturday’s meet and combined to win 18 of 22 events in the men’s and women’s meets. Multiple winners included Ava Boehning, who won the women’s 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and led the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team; Stephanie Schoemans, who won the women’s 200 free and the 100 backstroke and joined Boehning on the 200 free relay team; Zara Konstapel, who won the 100 breaststroke and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team; Kate Nelson, who was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams; Conley Savage, who won the men’s 400 individual medley and swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay; Guillem Masjuan Roca, who won the men’s 100 backstroke and was part of the 200 medley relay team; Aiden Clark, who won the 100 breaststroke and was part of the 200 medley relay team; Austin Stevenson, who won the 50 free and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team; and David Reynolds, who edged Stevenson for the win in the 100 free and joined him on the winning 200 freestyle relay team. The Tritons combined to win six events against McKendree with Savage taking first in the 200 IM, Jon Osa winning the 50 free, Franziska Hauptmann touching first in the 200 backstroke, Konstapel winning the 100 breast, Schoemans finishing first in the 100 back and the women winning the 200 medley relay. The Tritons return to the pool on Feb. 8 for the start of the GLVC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Deaconess Aquatics Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Men’s and Women’s Track
The Tritons track and field teams competed Saturday afternoon at the Northwest Open at Hughes Fieldhouse in Maryville, Missouri. Jacob Warner, racing for the first time this season, led UMSL with a seventh-place finish in the men’s 3,000-meter run, logging a time of 8 minutes, 44.86 seconds. Brett Lynch and Sam Savastino finished 14th and 16th, respectively in the 5,000 meters, and Benjamin VandenBrink was 16th in the mile. Kayley Heeter was the top women’s finisher, placing 29th in the women’s 3,000-meter run.
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