Jan. 5, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State (5-7) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon as Wichita State (10-2) extended its own streak to nine consecutive wins with a 98-68 victory over the Lady Bears at JQH Arena in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
The Lady Bears trailed by only four points early in the second half and it was a 65-55 game with nine minutes to go before the Shockers pulled away late, shooting 36-for-64 in the game and 23-for-24 from the foul line in the second half.
Each team shot well in the first half, but it was Wichita State that made its first six shots on the way to a 20-for-32 performance in the period. The Shockers led 13-7 just 3:16 into the contest, and used a 12-3 run to go ahead 27-15 with 11:53 to play.
After Kenzie Williams scored four quick points to cut WSU’s lead to 29-21, the Shockers responded to grab their largest lead of the game at 37-23 with 5:25 left on the clock. Tyonna Snow pulled the Lady Bears within seven points on two occasions before Williams hit a free throw with 54.3 seconds remaining for the 43-37 halftime margin.
Bry Snow scored twice in the first minute of the second half, each time pulling the Lady Bears within four points, but the Shockers quickly had their lead in double figures again with a 6-0 run to go up 55-43 with 17:09 to play.
Wichita State’s Michelle Price hit back-to-back layups to put the Shockers ahead 65-48 with 11:13 to go before Williams used a personal 7-0 run to close the gap to 65-55 and Bry Snow converted a 3-point play with 8:34 left to make it a single-digit game at 67-58.
The Shockers responded with a 6-0 run over the next 68 seconds to lead 73-58 and Missouri State got no closer than 13 points for the remainder of the game.
Bry Snow (19), Tyonna Snow (18) and Williams (18) combined for 55 of MSU’s 68 points, with Williams scoring in double figures for the 12th straight game. Bry Snow grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, though WSU led 39-28 in that category. Tyonna Snow had two steals to give her multiple thefts in six consecutive outings.
The WSU players scored at least 20 points, led by Jamillah Bonner at 25.
Missouri State visits Bradley (4-9, 1-1) on Friday for a 7 p.m. game in Peoria.