Feb. 2, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State used a 19-0 run midway through the game and a plus-15 turnover margin to defeat Southern Illinois 76-58 Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena. The Lady Bears improved to 10-10 overall and 5-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play with their third consecutive win, while SIU dropped to 4-16 and 2-7 in league play at the halfway mark of the MVC schedule.
The Lady Bears accumulated all of their turnover margin in the first half with an 18-3 advantage and blew the game wide open after the Salukis scored to make it 34-28 with 2:49 remaining in the first period.
From there, Kenzie Williams scored five consecutive points and Tyonna Snow hit an acrobatic layup before the halftime buzzer to make it 41-28 at the break. Missouri State extended its run to 19-0 by scoring the first 12 points of the second period and led 53-28 on a Tyonna Snow free throw with 17:31 left in the game.
Freshman Lexi Hughes buried her third 3-pointer of the game to cap a career-high 11-point effort for a 65-33 lead with 12:53 to play, and two Rachel Swartz free throws with 5:22 to go matched MSU’s largest lead of the season at 75-41 before SIU closed on a 17-1 run.
Missouri State spotted SIU the game’s first four points before using a 12-1 run that included six points from Hannah Wilkerson to lead 12-5. After the Salukis tied the game three separate times, Wilkerson’s deep 3-pointer gave the Lady Bears the lead for good at 22-19 with 7:30 remaining. Hughes added triples for leads of 27-21 and 34-25 to precede the 19-0 run.
Williams led four Lady Bears in double figures with 12 points, followed Hughes and Bry Snow with 11 each and Wilkerson with 10 on 4-for-4 shooting.
MSU’s season high of 29 turnovers forced translated to 36 points as well as a 66-42 advantage in field goal attempts, helping the Lady Bears overcome a .379 shooting percentage while the Salukis made half of their shots. The Lady Bears made 20-of-29 free throws and held SIU to 1-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc.
Missouri State continues its homestand Friday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. against Loyola (9-12, 5-4).