Feb. 16, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Missouri State Lady Bears were unable to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and 38 points from Drake’s Kyndal Clark in a 79-69 loss to the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center.
Missouri State fell to 12-12 overall and 7-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play with the loss, while Drake moved to 12-12 and 6-7 in league games.
MSU trailed 35-25 at intermission and fell behind by 12 points early in the second period after a Clark 3-pointer put the Bulldogs ahead 42-30 with 18:16 to play.
The Lady Bears ripped off a 9-0 run to close to 42-39 less than three minutes later, and pulled within a possession again when freshman Katie Palmer’s layup made it 48-45 at the 13:55 mark, but Drake answered with a pair of 3-pointers over the next 57 seconds to lead 54-45.
The Bulldogs got their lead back in double figures at 58-47 with another Clark basket two minutes later and matched the game’s largest margin at 63-51 when the Lady Bears stormed back once more.
Tyonna Snow’s jumper began a 10-0 run over the next two minutes that continued with 3-pointers from NiJay Gaines and Palmer and two Bry Snow free throws with 5:33 to play for a 63-61 deficit.
But Clark’s huge game continued from there as she scored 12 of Drake’s final 16 points in the last five-plus minutes. The preseason all-MVC selection hit a back-door layup to stop MSU’s run and hit 3-pointers for leads of 70-61 and 75-64 before making four free throws to finish with 38 points.
The game’s first 10 minutes featured two ties and six lead changes, the last was which happened when Drake hit back-to-back 3-pointers for an 18-14 lead with 10:03 on the clock.
After Desiree Phillips scored a putback for a 19-18 deficit at the 8:44 mark, Drake went on an 8-0 run and the Lady Bears went more than four minutes without a point to fall behind 27-18. Tyonna Snow scored Missouri State’s final seven points of the half, twice cutting Drake’s lead to four points, but the Bulldogs closed on a 6-0 run to go into the break up 35-25.
Tyonna Snow led MSU with 20 points and six boards, while sister Bry netted 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Missouri State shot 25-for-61 (.410) overall and owned a 38-37 rebounding edge. Drake made half of its 58 field goal attempts, including 10 from 3-point range.
Missouri State returns to JQH Arena on Friday (Feb. 21) for a 7 p.m. game against Indiana State.