March 1, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Missouri State Lady Bears held a double-digit lead early in the second half Friday but could not hold off the hard-charging Indiana State Sycamores in a 71-63 Missouri Valley Conference setback at the Hulman Center.
The Lady Bears dropped to 14-14 overall and 6-10, while the Sycamores held on to fourth place in the league standings at 17-9 and 9-6 in league games.
The two teams were within three points of each other for more than 15 minutes of the first half despite each leading by at least five points during the period.
The Sycamores jumped ahead 6-0 and the Lady Bears quickly evened the score at 8-8 with a pair of Bry Snow free throws at the 14:52 mark. From there, two ties and 11 lead changes accounted for the next 14 minutes of action before Whitney Edie’s layup capped a 6-0 Lady Bear run for a 31-26 lead with 29.9 seconds remaining. The Sycamores converted on their final possession for a 31-28 halftime score.
Indiana State closed to 33-32 just 55 seconds into the second period, but the Lady Bears responded with a 10-0 run over the next two-plus minutes that was punctuated by a Christiana Shorter driving layup for a 43-32 advantage at the 16:26 mark.
Missouri State went cold over the next 11 minutes, netting only five points as the Sycamores turned the tables to lead 53-48 before Desiree Phillips knocked down a corner trey for a 53-51 deficit with 5:30 left in regulation.
The Lady Bears trailed by exactly two points on four more occasions, the last with 2:15 to play, but never could draw closer before the Sycamores went on a 7-0 run to put the game away.
Phillips matched a career high with 10 points for Missouri State and Karly Buer scored 11 while four other Lady Bears tallied at least eight points.
ISU freshman Marina Laramie led all scorers with 27 points, including 21 in the second half.
Missouri State shot 22-for-55 (.400) overall compared to 26-for-62 (.419) for the Sycamores, and trailed 40-36 in total rebounds.
The Lady Bears visit third-place Illinois State (19-8, 11-4) Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The Redbirds defeated Wichita State 57-56 on Thursday.