Jan. 10, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. -- The Missouri State Lady Bears held the Missouri Valley Conference’s highest-scoring team to 56 points and 32.8 percent shooting Friday for an 85-56 win over Bradley inside Renaissance Coliseum.
All 12 Lady Bears (6-7, 1-1 MVC) scored in the game while the defense forced 25 Bradley (4-10, 1-2) turnovers and blocked five shots in Missouri State’s largest margin of victory in a road game since beating Drake by 29 on Jan. 29, 2011.
Freshman Katie Palmer scored a career-high 16 points to lead four Lady Bears in double figures, while Bry Snow set career highs with four steals and three blocks while adding 13 points. Kenzie Williams scored 11 points to reach double figures for the 13th consecutive game, and Tyonna Snow scored 10.
Missouri State’s defense clamped down after an early 7-6 deficit to hold the Braves without a field goal for more than seven minutes in building a 23-10 lead. Desiree Phillips scored four points during a 12-0 run before Hannah Wilkerson buried a deep 3-pointer from the left wing for 21-9 and Bry Snow scored for a 23-10 advantage with 8:28 to play.
A Bradley field goal with 7:49 to play made it 23-12 before the Braves suffered through another offensive drought as five different Lady Bears scored during a 13-1 run over the next six minutes that ended with a Williams 3-pointer and 36-13 MSU lead with 2:06 left in the half.
The Lady Bears entered halftime ahead 44-19 while holding the home team to 7-for-33 from the field in the team’s best defensive half since limiting Morgan State to 19 points in the second half on Dec. 21, 2010.
Tyonna Snow connected on two layups to open the second half and give Missouri State a 48-19 lead with 18:41 remaining, and the Braves shaved 10 points off the lead in the next three minutes to pull within 19 points with 15:23 to play.
Mikala McGhee and Katie Palmer scored the next 10 MSU points for a 60-33 lead with 11:31 left and a Wilkerson trey made it a 30-point game at 71-41 with 7:34 to go.
MSU’s lead swelled to as many as 34 points and remained at 24 or better the rest of the game as the team shot 34-of-75 (.453) from the field compared to 19-for-58 from Bradley.
The Lady Bears dished out 18 assists compared to 14 turnovers and swiped 14 steals while out-rebounding the Braves by a 46-40 margin.
Missouri State visits league newcomer Loyola on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Ramblers (5-10, 1-2) lost 71-58 to Wichita State Friday.