College basketball preview: UMSL at QU women

Posted: Feb. 19, 2013 10:59 pm Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 11:15 pm

Missouri-St. Louis (14-9, 9-6) at Quincy women (13-10, 11-4)

5:15 p.m. Thursday, Pepsi Arena

ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Tritons: UMSL has won four of its five games since losing to Quincy 47-42 on Jan. 31. The Tritons earned a 64-62 home win Saturday over Rockhurst in double overtime behind a career-high 18 points from 5-foot-5 junior guard Jessica Zavoral.

Devonna Smith, a 6-0 senior forward, leads UMSL at 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. She ranks second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in rebounding and is the reigning GLVC Player of the Week. Angela Johnson, a 5-6 senior guard, is averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and Hazaria Washington, a 5-10 junior guard, is supplying 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The Tritons rank 15th in the 16-team GLVC in free-throw percentage (65.9 percent), 12th in field-goal percentage (39.4 percent) and 12th in 3-point percentage (31.3 percent). They benefit from leading the league in offensive rebounds at 14.7 per game.

Tough streak: A streaky shooter throughout her career, QU junior guard Lucy Cramsey went through a tough streak last week. In a pair of QU losses, Cramsey combined to go 3 of 23 (13 percent) from the field. That didn't affect other aspects of her game, however. She averaged nine points in those contests -- thanks in part to her 12-of-15 shooting at the free-throw line -- along with nine rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. For the season, Cramsey leads QU at 11.9 points and eight rebounds per game. She's shooting 40.8 percent from the field.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 30-18.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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