Herald-Whig

Saints' backcourt duo tortures Hawks

Maryville's Abby Monis guards Quincy's Aleksandra Petrovic at Pepsi Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2020 9:40 am

QUINCY -- Thirty-three seconds elapsed before the Maryville women's basketball team scored it first field goal Thursday night.

It was the only stretch in which Quincy University can say it played even.

The Saints scored the game's first seven points, had a double-digit lead by three minutes into the second quarter and waltzed their way to a 76-61 victory in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena.

"We have to come out and be aggressive and not fold like we did," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "We didn't necessarily fold, but we have to get out to a good start and make sure we're the aggressors and attack and really take that to heart.

"We let Maryville do whatever they wanted tonight. And they owned us."

The Saints' backcourt certainly did.

Senior guard Mary Barton, the GLVC's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, had 17 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 28 points and three assists. Sophomore guard Jayda Jansen went 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 25 points.

By the midpoint of the fourth quarter, the two combined to outscore the Hawks entirely.

"You have to be aware of where they are every single second," QU guard Aleksandra Petrovic said. "You have to be locked down defensively for all 40 minutes throughout the game. Their eyes are on the basket the entire time."

Even when the Hawks tried to face guard Barton in the second half, it failed.

"We had two guards beat us, and that's hard to swallow," Garber said. "But those are two very nice guards."

Barton, who was 11 of 17 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range, may be the best point guard the Hawks have faced this season.

"She can do everything and anything," Garber said.

All the while, the Hawks struggled to do the same.

Quincy (5-7, 1-3 GLVC) shot 39.7 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range, missing its first eight attempts from beyond the arc. Ella Gobald and Petrovic led the Hawks with 15 points apiece, but no one took charge offensively or defensively in the first half to keep the Saints (8-3, 3-1 GLVC) from pulling away.

"We didn't have anybody step up and say, ‘No, that's not how it's going to keep going,'" Garber said. "We do in spurts, but it's not long enough."

With Missouri S&T coming to Pepsi Arena at 1 p.m. Saturday to continue the Hawks' five-game homestand, they have a limited window to regroup and rediscover how to play with some spunk.

"We need to be ready to fight and push back," Petrovic said.

Maryville 76, Quincy 61

MARYVILLE (8-3, 3-1 GLVC)

Barton 11-17 2-2 28, Jansen 8-14 4-4 25, Longs 4-8 0-0 9, Feldman 4-5 0-1 8, Monis 1-6 1-2 3, Kastens 0-1 2-2 2, Rindy 0-2 1-2 1, Hendrixson 0-0 0-0 0, Colbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 10-13 76.

QU (5-7, 1-3)

Petrovic 6-11 2-4 15, Gobald 6-12 0-0 15, Low 4-11 0-0 8, Lantz 3-10 2-2 8, Schraufnagel 0-0 0-0 0, Merino 3-9 0-0 9, Adeyinka 2-4 0-1 4, Rivera 1-6 0-0 2, Porth 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-63, 4-7 61.

Maryville 16 20 20 20--76

QU 10 14 17 20--61

3-point field goals--Maryville 10-18 (Jansen 5-8, Barton 4-6, Longs 1-3, Rindy 0-1), QU 7-25 (Merino 3-7, Gobald 3-9, Petrovic 1-2, Lantz 0-3, Rivera 0-4). Rebounds--Maryville 38 (Longs 6, Monis 6), QU 27 (Petrovic 6). Assists--Maryville 9 (Barton 3), QU 16 (Petrovic 4). Steals--Maryville 5 (Jansen 2, Longs 2), QU 7 (Petrovic 3). Blocked shots--Maryville 1 (Feldman), QU 5 (Low). Turnovers--Maryville 16, QU 10. Fouls--Maryville 13, QU 12. Fouled out--none.