College game preview: QU women at UMSL

Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 12:19 pm Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 1:15 pm
Quincy women (9-8, 7-2) at Missouri-St. Louis (10-7, 6-3)
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Mark Twain Building, St. Louis
ESPN 1440 AM
Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Tritons: UMSL tied a season-high with 6-pointers Saturday en route to a 58-56 home win over Drury. It was the Tritons' fifth win in their last six games.

Devonna Smith, a 6-foot senior forward, leads UMSL in scoring (13.3 points per game), rebounding (nine per game) and field-goal percentage (49.7 percent). Hazaria Washington, a 5-10 junior forward, is supplying 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The Tritons rank in the middle of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in most statistical categories. They excel at 3-point percentage defense, ranking fifth in the league, with opponents making 28.7 percent of their 3-point attempts.

They also average 14.9 offensive rebounds per game, good for second in the league. UMSL is 6-2 at home this season.

Making freebies: Quincy was 15 of 18 (83.3 percent) from the free-throw line in Saturday's 79-55 loss at Pepsi Arena to William Jewell. For the season, QU is shooting 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. That ranks 10th in Division II and second in the GLVC behind Drury's 77.4 percent clip. Of Quincy's eight players with at least 10 free-throw attempts this season, six are shooting at least 73.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 29-18.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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