When it comes to shooting, Schreiner University women's basketball team can't buy a basket from the paint, from about 15 feet and on occasion from the free-throw line.
On Saturday night, the Mountaineers shot 30.1% from the field — missing 51 shots — and still found a way to beat visiting Southwestern University, 67-64.
Saved by Southwestern's horrendous shooting from 3-point range and woeful free-throw attempts, the Mountaineers were 11-of-24 from 3-point range. The performance snapped what had been a long-range struggle for the Mountaineers.
Look, this wasn't a pretty game — the two teams combined for 97 rebounds because there were so many bricks flying. However, Schreiner's victory put the Mountaineers at 2-1 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Schreiner's Demauria Miles scored on a jumper with 37 seconds left to help boost the Mountaineers' lead to 65-59. Southwestern cut the lead to 65-62 on a 3-pointer, but Schreiner held the Pirates off. Miles was kept in check for most of the night but scored seven of her 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Schreiner's Miranda Vallejo came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points. It was Vallejo's best shooting performance of the season. Vallejo hit two 3-pointers.
Schreiner's Aazayleah Pirtle hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.
Now, the Mountaineers have two days to recover before returning to action at 8 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Texas Lutheran, a team that beat Schreiner 75-63 on Dec. 7, 2021.