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ROLLA, Mo. (Jan. 3, 2013)--
In a game of scoring runs it was host Missouri S&T University that had the hot hand at the end, as the University of Wisconsin-Parkside women's basketball team opened up Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a heartbreaking 69-66 loss on Thursday night at Billy Key Court. Jenna Endisch
tallied a team-high 20 points in a game featuring seven lead changes and seven ties.
An Endisch jumper capped off a 10-1 run, giving the 24th-ranked Rangers (6-3, 0-1 GLVC) their biggest lead of the night at 60-51 with 5:56 remaining in the second half. The host Miners (6-4, 2-0 GLVC) answered over the final five minutes of play, mounting a 16-3 spurt to secure a four-point lead with 15 ticks left.
canned her first three of the season to close the gap to just one point with 11 seconds left. S&T's Hailee Parks hit one of two free throws with eight seconds left before an untimely Ranger turnover the ensuing possession sent Parks back to the line with two seconds left. Parks hit one of two while a desperation shot by the Rangers' fell shy of the mark at the buzzer, giving the host Miners the 69-66 win.
The opening five minutes featured five lead changes and two ties before the Miners took control, utilizing a 25-11 run during a 14-minute stretch to build a double-digit buffer. Alayna Cotter
drained a three-pointer with three ticks left as UW-Parkside entered the halftime break trailing 37-29.
Cotter's shot sparked the Rangers on a 32-13 run, reclaiming the lead with 8:46 left off a Trussell jumper. The spurt ended with an 8-0 run as the Rangers turned a 50-50 deadlock into a 58-50 lead.
The Rangers accounted for seven of the game's opening 10 points while a Jenna Endisch
three-point play gave the visitors the 15-12 edge with 14:59 remaining in the opening half. Missouri S&T responded, reclaiming the lead at 18-17 with 10:08 remaining off a jumper from Karli Sample.
Endisch canned five treys on the night, finishing with a team-high 20 points to pace the Rangers. Trussell added 15 while Gaby Bronson
and Sierra West
both added nine points. Bronson grabbed six rebounds while West dished out six assists.
Parks paced S&T with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds while Kylie Cooper added 13 points.
The Rangers continue their GLVC road swing on Saturday, taking on Drury University with tip-off slated for 1 p.m.