Feb. 24, 2012
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Missouri State (19-6, 12-3 Missouri Valley Conference) had five players score at least nine points and held Indiana State (12-15, 6-9) to 27 percent shooting Friday evening to extend its winning streak to nine games with a 68-58 victory over the Sycamores at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Lady Bears shot 48 percent (24-50) for the game, including 60.9 percent (14-23) in the second half to overcome 20 turnovers and a 40-35 rebounding deficit. The defense smothered ISU to the tune of 23 percent shooting in the second period and 6-for-25 from three-point range in the game.
Indiana State’s first three field goals came from beyond the three-point arc and erased Missouri State leads of 3-0 and 9-3 with a tying trey coming at the 15:58 mark. From there, Whitney Edie scored five straight points and Karly Buer, Christiana Shorter and Jaleshia Roberson followed with baskets for an 11-0 run and 20-9 lead with 12:36 left in the half.
The Lady Bears went through a four-minute scoreless drought from there, but the Sycamores shaved just four points off MSU’s lead, and Hannah Wilkerson’s layup between two Edie free throws had the advantage back at 11 points at 24-13. Two free throws from Roberson followed for a 6-0 run and MSU’s largest lead yet at 26-13 with 6:36 on the clock.
A Roberson three-pointer served as Missouri State’s only points during a 9-3 ISU run that made the score 29-22, and a three-point play from Shannon Thomas followed by another free throw made it a 31-26 game with 3:16 to go in the first half. Thomas led ISU with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Buer hit a short jumper to answer and score MSU’s only points in the final four minutes of the period, but it was good enough for a 33-26 halftime lead as the Lady Bears forced 15 ISU turnovers and shot 10-of-12 at the foul line.
Indiana State cut the lead to four out of the intermission and the Lady Bears continued to struggle offensively until Edie scored a layup with 18:10 to play and Jasmine Malone and Roberson added five points for a 7-0 run and 40-29 advantage with 15:59 to play.
The Sycamores scored for 40-31 and then went cold from the floor themselves, going nearly five minutes without scoring while the Lady Bears went on a 7-0 run to lead 47-31 before two ISU free throws at the 11:04 mark.
The lead hovered between 13 and 17 points over the next four minutes until a Malone layup with 7:10 left gave the Lady Bears a 59-40 advantage. Shorter’s layup on the next possession pushed the lead to 61-41, and it got up to 21 at 67-46 on Lacey Boshe’s jumper with 4:57 left before the Sycamores staged a late run.
Indiana State scored the game’s next seven points in just 74 seconds to close to 67-53, and ultimately closed on a 12-1 run for the final 10-point margin.
Buer led the team with 13 points, Roberson had 12 and Malone chipped in 11 as 10 players recorded double-figure minutes. Edie and Malone shared high rebounding honors with five each, and Buer had five assists. MSU held a 41-5 advantage in bench scoring.
Missouri State returns to action Sunday at Illinois State (16-10, 11-4) at 2:05 p.m. The Redbirds are tied with Wichita State for second in the MVC standings with three games remaining on the schedule.