Mary Ann Mitchell
QUINCY, Ill. – A dominant third quarter helped the University of Missouri-St. Louis women’s basketball team to a 70-49 win at Quincy Thursday night in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
The Tritons (8-4, 8-4 GLVC) erased a one-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Hawks, 19-2, in that frame and 38-16 in the final 20 minutes.
Junior Kiara Stewart (20 points, 10 rebounds) and senior Alex LaPorta (18 points, 12 rebounds) each had a double-double to lead the Tritons.
UMSL held a 19-13 lead after the first quarter, but found themselves down 33-32 at the half after being outscored 20-13 in the second quarter.
The Tritons then opened the second half with 19 unanswered points and held Quincy (0-10, 0-10 GLVC) scoreless until the final minute of the frame. UMSL took a 51-35 lead into the final 10 minutes.
Junior Faye Meissner scored nine points. LaPorta added four assists and two steals.
The 49 points were the fewest allowed by the Tritons this season.
UMSL returns to the court on Tuesday, traveling across town to Maryville.