College basketball preview: Missouri S&T at Quincy University women

Posted: Feb. 16, 2013 1:58 am Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 2:15 am

Missouri S&T (13-9, 9-5) at Quincy women (13-9, 11-3)
1 p.m. Saturday, Pepsi Arena
ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Lady Miners: Hailee Parks supplied 16 points and seven rebounds to lift S&T to a 63-57 win at Illinois-Springfield on Thursday. That moved S&T to two games behind Quincy for first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference's West Division standings.

Parks, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, leads the team in scoring (14.8 points per game) and rebounding (eight per game). She's shooting 54.5 percent from the field, which leads the league. Toni Knar, a 5-9 junior guard, is averaging 9.6 points per game and shoots 39.5 percent from 3-point range. S&T ranks third in the GLVC in field-goal percentage (43.6 percent, third) and sixth in 3-point percentage (33.7 percent). The Lady Miners' weaknesses are free-throw shooting (65.6 percent, 15th) and 3-point percentage defense (35.8 percent, 15th).

Failure to rebound: As bad as Quincy's offense was in Thursday's 53-39 home loss to Drury, the more discouraging fact for the Lady Hawks was probably that Drury outrebounded them 36-28. QU's offense has been bad several times this year, but the Lady Hawks have found success with defense and rebounding. Thursday marked only the fifth time this season the Lady Hawks' opponent outrebounded them. Quincy dropped out of the GLVC's No. 1 position in rebounding margin and now ranks second with an average advantage of plus-7.2 per game.

The series: S&T leads the all-time series 16-13.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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