College basketball preview: Quincy University women at Maryville

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013 7:59 pm Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 2:15 am

Quincy women (13-11, 11-5) at Maryville (15-9, 11-5)

1 p.m. Saturday, Moloney Arena, St. Louis

ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Saints: Maryville has won its last two games despite playing without 6-foot senior forward Abby Duethman, including winning 66-50 at Illinois-Springfield on Thursday. Duethman injured her knee during Maryville's 67-51 win over Rockhurst on Feb. 14. She's Maryville's all-time leading scorer (1,463 points) and rebounder (633). She leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in rebounding (9.9 per game) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.9 points per game).

In Duethman's absence, 5-6 senior guard Brittnye McSparron is Maryville's best weapon. The transfer from Division I Drake averages 11.5 points and a team-best 2.4 assists per game. Shelby Miller, a 5-7 sophomore guard and last year's GLVC Freshman of the Year, is supplying 11.4 points per game and shoots 37.4 percent form 3-point range. Maryville ranks sixth in the GLVC in scoring offense (67.6 points per game), second in scoring defense (56.9 ppg) and second in field-goal percentage defense (35.8 percent).

Down a center: Quincy freshman backup center Erin Mennemeyer hasn't played since exiting with a right knee sprain one minute after she stepped onto the court during a Feb. 7 game against William Jewell. QU is 1-3 in the four games since Mennemeyer's injury. QU coach Jeni Garber said Thursday night she isn't expecting Mennemeyer to return this season.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 5-1 after beating Maryville 68-56 on Feb. 2 at Pepsi Arena.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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