Jan. 21, 2012
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The Missouri State Lady Bears snapped their two-game losing skid Saturday with a convincing 74-49 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Evansville inside the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
Missouri State never trailed in the game, improving to 11-6 and 4-3 in MVC play, while the Purple Aces fell to 4-15 and 1-7 in the league.
Making her first career start, Bry Snow powered the Lady Bears early, scoring the team’s first four points, hitting a three-pointer at the 16:19 mark and then scoring a layup with 14:55 to play that sparked a 9-0 MSU run for a 20-9 lead after Karly Buer’s jumper with 13:05 to play. Snow easily surpassed her previous career high of four points with nine in the game.
The run extended to 13-2 when the Lady Bears went ahead 24-11, and UE went through a 3:34 scoreless drought after a basket for 24-13 as Missouri State extended its lead to 15 points before an Evansville score made it 28-15 with 7:27 left.
The Purple Aces then hit a trey to close to 10 points, but the Lady Bears ripped off 5-0 run in 37 seconds to lead 33-18 and closed the period on another 5-0 run for a 38-22 halftime margin.
Seven players scored in the first half as MSU held Evansville to 27.3 percent shooting and grabbed 30 rebounds to UE’s 20.
Buer scored to open the second half for MSU, extending the Lady Bears’ run to 7-0 over two halves while UE’s scoreless drought climbed to 5:11 before the Aces scored to make it 40-24 with 17:46 to play.
That basket would prove to be Evansville’s only points in nearly nine minutes of game time as the Lady Bears went on a 9-0 to lead 49-24 before UE stopped with two free throws and 14:24 left in the game.
Two minutes later, Casey Garrison drained a mid-range jumper to pass Kari Koch for second on Missouri State’s all-time scoring list and fourth in MVC history, making the score 53-26 with 12:30 to play. Garrison finished the contest with 15 points for 2,076 in her career, and is now 63 behind Kristi Cirone for third in MVC history, where she will likely finish as No. 2 Wanda Ford scored 2,636 career points and leader Jackie Stiles netted 3,393.
Missouri State led by 27 three times before Jaleshia Roberson hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 63-35 advantage and 8:07 to play. Evansville’s 7-0 run pulled the home team within 21 points at 63-42, the Lady Bears responded with a 6-0 run to go back ahead 69-42, and NiJay Gaines recorded her first points in a Lady Bear uniform with a layup at the 2:37 mark for a 72-44 lead.
The Lady Bears corralled a season-high 50 rebounds, including 21 offensive, to 39 for UE as nine players pulled down at least three boards. Buer netted a season-high 12 points along with a career-best five assists, and Desiree Phillips scored four points in her first career start.
MSU shot 38.6 percent (27-70) compared to 30.9 (17-55) for Evansville, and forced a season-high 26 turnovers.
Up next for the Lady Bears is a 7:05 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27) home game with Indiana State (10-8, 4-2).