Feb. 27, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Missouri State Lady Bears put together their best offensive performance of the year Thursday evening, posting season highs for points and field goals in a 93-76 victory over Southern Illinois at SIU Arena.
The Lady Bears (13-14, 8-8 Missouri Valley Conference) shot 57.9 percent (22-38) after halftime and 50.7 percent (38-75) for the game as Bry Snow scored 26 points, Tyonna Snow added 18 and Mikala McGhee (15), Desiree Phillips (12) and Rachel Swartz (6) all notched career-best scoring totals. McGhee and Swartz also made their first career starts in the game.
Missouri State tied a season high with 21 assists, eight of those coming from senior Hannah Wilkerson to match a career high, while committing only 10 turnovers and converting 18 SIU miscues into 31 points.
After the Salukis (4-22, 2-13) jumped ahead 18-7 less than five minutes into the game, the Lady Bears played catch-up for most of the first half, leading only once at 41-40 with 2:24 remaining before the Salukis scored the final five points to close the period shooting 55 percent from the field.
The Lady Bears scored on their first four trips down the floor in the second half, all on layups as part of a 58-point output in paint scoring, and led 49-47 with 18:07 to play before SIU’s Jordyn Courier hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game to put the Salukis ahead 58-53 with 14:48 to play.
From there, Missouri State went on a 19-4 run over the next five minutes to lead 72-62 with 9:38 to play, and led by double figures for all but 87 seconds the rest of the game. Tyonna Snow scored six points during the decisive spurt while Bry Snow and Katie Palmer scored four each.
Two Palmer free throws with 7:46 remaining made it 76-66, and the Lady Bears kept the double-digit lead for good from there.
Among Thursday’s many statistical notables were Bry Snow becoming the 57th Lady Bear to score 500 career points, and Phillips becoming the 47th player to appear in 100 career games. The Snow sisters’ combined total of 44 points is also the second-highest total for sisters in a single game behind their 46-point effort from Feb. 7.
Missouri State visits Evansville (7-8, 12-14) at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Purple Aces defeated Wichita State 63-54 on Thursday.