Feb. 9, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State’s Bry Snow scored a career-high 29 points and younger sister Tyonna added 17 to help the Lady Bears to a 78-72 victory against Bradley Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena. MSU improved to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play with its fifth consecutive win, while the Braves dropped to 5-17 and 2-9 in league play.
The Snows’ combined total of 46 points set a Missouri State record for points scored by sisters in a game, surpassing Melody and Julie Howard’s 43-point effort against Drake on Feb. 19, 1994. Melody scored 41 in that game.
Bry Snow scored early and often, pouring in six points during an early 12-0 run that put the Lady Bears ahead 16-6 with 11:28 left in the first half. The senior scored baskets 11 seconds apart for a 23-15 lead before the Braves converted consecutive 3-point plays to make it 23-21 with 6:02 remaining and cap a busy 55 seconds of play. Snow then converted her own 3-point play with 1:33 left in the first half before the Braves closed on a 5-0 run for a 34-33 margin at the break.
Bradley took the lead twice in the early moments of the second half before an 8-0 run - finished off by a Bry Snow layup - put Missouri State ahead for good at 48-41 with 13:11 to play. Lexi Hughes hit a 3-pointer with 12:40 to play to make it an 11-1 spurt and the Snows hit back-to-back buckets for a 55-44 lead with 11:12 on the clock.
The Braves closed within six points on three occasions over the next three minutes, but each surge was countered by a Mikala McGhee score, the last of which began a 7-0 run the put the Lady Bears ahead 65-53 with 6:02 remaining.
Missouri State led 69-58 with 4:14 left when Braves used a 7-0 run to pull within 69-65 with 1:43 to play. The Snow sisters responded again as Bry scored for a six-point lead and Tyonna intercepted a pass and turned it into a layup 17 seconds later for a 73-65 advantage and 1:05 to go.
Bradley closed to 73-69 with 31 seconds left and the Lady Bears survived five missed free throws in the final minute to hold on. Hannah Wilkerson made two free tosses with 18.2 seconds left for a 77-71 lead, and Bry Snow added her 29th point with 10.3 ticks remaining.
In addition to her 29 points, Bry Snow set career highs with 12 field goals and four blocked shots to go with a team-high eight rebounds. NiJay Gaines shared high rebounding honors as the Lady Bears led 43-31 in that category. Wilkerson finished with eight points, five rebounds and a season-high seven assists.
Missouri State shot 58.3 percent in the second half and 44.4 percent for the game while matching a season high with 21 assists.
Missouri State travels to UNI (11-11, 7-4) on Feb. 14 for a 7 p.m. contest.