March 9, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State harassed the Missouri State Lady Bears into a season-high 27 turnovers Sunday afternoon on the way to a 93-56 victory in the regular-season finale for both clubs inside Koch Arena.
Missouri State ends the regular season at 13-16 overall and 8-10 in Missouri Valley Conference play, tying for sixth place with Illinois State and taking the No. 7 seed into next week’s league tournament in St. Charles, Mo. The Lady Bears will open tournament play with No. 10 Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. The Shockers (23-6, 14-4) share the conference title with Indiana State and will be the No. 2 seed, setting up a possible 6 p.m. Friday rematch should MSU defeat SIU on Thursday.
The Shockers took control of the game for good with a 16-2 run midway through the first half. The Lady Bears led only one time at 7-6 when WSU answered with a 9-0 run to lead 15-7. Hannah Wilkerson buried a long 3-pointer and Bry Snow hit a layup to pull MSU within 21-18 with 10:52 to play, but the Shockers distanced themselves with the aforementioned 16-2 run over the next five-plus minutes.
Included in that WSU run was sequence in which the Shockers scored six points in 14 seconds, and the home team led by double digits the remainder of the first half, shooting 49 percent to MSU’s .321 field goal percentage and scoring 22 points off 14 MSU turnovers.
Wichita State’s league player of the year candidate Alex Harden scored 72 seconds into the second half to put the Shockers ahead 53-32, and WSU kept its advantage above 20 points the rest of the game as Harden finished with a game-high 27 points.
Wilkerson led the Lady Bears and matched a career high with 14 points, becoming the 58th player in school history with 500 career points in the process, while Bry and Tyonna Snow scored 10 apiece as MSU shot 18-for-59 from the field compared to 34-for-69 for WSU.
Missouri State won the rebounding battle 45-37 with five players grabbing at least five boards. The Shockers turned MSU’s 27 turnovers in 37 points.