Jan. 18, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State poured in a season-high 89 points and shot over 50 percent for the first time this year Saturday afternoon in an 89-66 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Drake at JQH Arena.
The Lady Bears (7-8, 2-2 MVC) shot .515 (34-66) overall and placed four scorers in double figures while out-rebounding the visiting Bulldogs (7-9, 1-4) by a 47-25 margin.
MSU senior Bry Snow matched a career high with 21 points and younger sister Tyonna pitched in 19 on 8-for-9 shooting with eight rebounds and five steals. Kenzie Williams notched her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, and Hannah Wilkerson scored 10 points while sinking all four of her field goals. NiJay Gaines finished with career highs for assists (6) and steals (5).
The Snow sisters dominated the first half for the Lady Bears, combining for 29 points with each shooting 6-for-7 from the floor, and Missouri State closed on a 14-0 run to take a 45-31 lead into the break.
MSU’s first 15 points came from Bry and Tyonna for a 15-11 lead with 14:05 to go, and the pair made their first 10 shots before a miss. Freshman Katie Palmer’s driving shot made for a 19-13 score with 12:18 to play, and Drake tied the score twice and held a one-point lead for 27 seconds before the Lady Bears closed strong.
After the Bulldogs tied the game at 31-all with 6:50 to play, Missouri State rattled off a 14-0 run to finish the first half, holding Drake without a basket on 13 consecutive possessions. The Lady Bears shot 52.6 percent and owned a 27-9 rebounding edge at the break.
Drake ended its scoreless drought at 7:09 with a basket to open the second half, but that 45-33 deficit would be as close as the Bulldogs would get as Wilkerson buried long 3-pointers for leads of 50-33 and 55-36, and the MSU advantage stayed at 13 points or better for the balance of the game.
Missouri State hosts UNI (7-8, 3-1) at 7 p.m. Monday.