ST. LOUIS – Another slow start plagued the Mineral Area women’s basketball team and its thinning roster to a fourth consecutive road setback on Wednesday.
Chrishana Wilson compiled 16 points and 14 rebounds, and St. Louis outworked the Lady Cardinals for a 70-58 victory.
Ellisha Davis scored 14 points and Andranae Wash netted 12 exclusively in the first half for the Archers (16-3), who are currently ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll.
Wash recorded her fourth field goal following a putback by Caprice Harrison to establish an early 17-7, and the situation worsened for Mineral Area late in the first quarter.
Sophomore center Olivia White, who missed the entire first semester with an ankle injury, did not return after hurting a knee.
St. Louis closed the stanza with a 20-9 advantage after Molly Schultenhenrich drilled a 3-pointer, and would not trail during the contest.
Holly Forbes posted another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Mineral Area (12-7), but picked up her third foul on an offensive possession with 10 seconds left before halftime.
The Lady Cardinals had earlier closed the gap to 26-19 on jumpers by Briar Johnson and Allie Golden. St. Louis countered with a 13-4 run heading into the break.
Davis followed her own miss just before time expired to make it 39-23, and extended the margin to 48-26 with two free throws early in the third quarter.
Tyeshia Mitchell provided a steal and layup, and Forbes hit a fading shot on consecutive trips for MAC, which drew within 56-46 as Ella Gobald struck from the perimeter with about eight minutes to play.
Schultenhenrich and Davis powered a clinching 14-5 response by the Archers with 3-pointers as Wilson did more work inside for a 70-51 advantage.
Makenzy Smith tallied 10 points for the Lady Cards, and made both of her free throws after entering the game at 95 percent on the season.
Mineral Area finished 16-of-20 from the line. Madison Reynolds registered five assists, and matched Gobald with eight points each.