By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Six minutes into Tuesday night's game, the Quincy University women's basketball team seemed capable of scoring its first victory against a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe.
Less than four minutes later, the Lady Hawks were headed to another loss.
Missouri Western State seized control with a 12-2 run and never was seriously threatened in an 81-67 victory at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
QU (1-4) is now 0-4 this season against MIAA opponents and off to its worst start since the 1999-2000 season. The Lady Hawks finished 6-20 that season and have endured just one losing season since.
This time, self-inflicted wounds did the most harm.
The Lady Hawks trailed 12-11 after a Lucy Cramsey layup with 14 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. However, QU committed three turnovers in the next five possessions, fueling Missouri Western's surge.
It didn't help the Griffons (6-1) got hot from the perimeter. Sharneice Lewis made one of her four 3-pointers during that stretch, and Missouri Western shot 45 percent from 3-point range (9 of 20) overall.
Down by 17 at halftime and by 20 less than three minutes into the second half, the Lady Hawks started whittling away at the lead. Lucy Cramsey's three-point play with 14:36 to play cut it to 53-40, and Cierra Young's layup three minutes later made it a 10-point game.
A pair of Carly Beebe free throws with 9:51 to play made it an eight-point game, but that was as close as it got.
Cramsey led the Lady Hawks with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Kelly Buresh had 19 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. However, QU committed 20 turnovers, while forcing only 12.
Note: A previous version of this story indicated the Lady Hawks are 0-3 this season vs. MIAA opponents. QU is actually 0-4 vs. MIAA foes.