March 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State Lady Bears (24-8) shot 10-for-20 from three-point land for their highest total since Dec. 20 in an 82-65 win over Memphis (25-8) Saturday evening in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at JQH Arena.
The Lady Bears move on to play the winner of the Oklahoma State and Wichita State game in the round of 16. That game will be played Sunday afternoon in Stillwater, Okla. The third round takes place March 21-23 at campus sites.
The Lady Bears closed the first half on a 7-0 run to lead 32-25 after six ties and four lead changes. Missouri State led 7-1 just over three minutes in thanks to an 0-for-6 start for Memphis, and kept the six-point lead to 12-6 with 11:48 remaining before the Tigers fought back for a 14-all tie less than two minutes later.
Memphis gained its largest advantage of the period at 19-17 before committing a flagrant foul that resulted in two Jasmine Malone free throws followed by a Jaleshia Roberson three-pointer at the 5:54 mark for a 22-19 MSU advantage. The Tigers tied at 22, 24 and 25, but didn't score in the final 3:11 while the Lady Bears ran 7-0, the last five points coming from Malone.
The second half was a completely different story for the Lady Bears as they shot 53.1 percent overall and 58.3 percent from three-point land while pushing the lead up to 25 points.
As the half began, Bry Snow and Karly Buer scored for MSU to extend the run to 11-0 as the Memphis scoreless drought reached 5 minutes and 43 seconds before the Tigers made a jumper at the 17:28 mark to make it 36-27.
Buer drained a three-pointer off an offensive rebound to put the Lady Bears up 12 at 41-29 with 15:52 to play, and Malone followed with another with 15:07 left to extend the lead to 44-29. Buer then banked in a jumper and Roberson converted a three-point play as the Lady Bears completed an 11-0 run in just 2:27 of game time to lead 49-29.
Memphis cut the MSU lead to 15 points on two occasions before the Lady Bears swished three-pointers on four straight possessions with Roberson, Buer, Malone and Memphis native Desiree Phillips hitting from long range in exchange for Tiger two-pointers to make the score 67-44 with 7:51 to play. Aly Stock followed with a jumper for a 25-point lead, and the Tigers got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Twelve players scored and 11 grabbed a rebound for the Lady Bears, led by Malone's 20 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Buer added 16 and Roberson scored 14, while Christiana Shorter had eight points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Bears shot 45.3 percent for the game and held a 49-42 rebounding edge. Memphis made just 37.3 percent of its shots from the field, including 3-for-17 on threes and 12-for-30 at the free throw line.
Conference USA Player of the Year Jasmine Lee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, while Nicole Dickson threatened a triple-double with 29 points, nine rebounds and eight steals.
The game included several notable statistical achievements for various Lady Bears as well. Lacey Boshe moved alone into first place on MSU's career games played list with her 130th appearance, while Casey Garrison tied Jackie Stiles for second at 129. Malone passed Tiff Terwelp for 24th placing on the scoring list, finishing with 993 career points. Roberson made her 259th career three-pointer with 5:11 left to pass Melody Howard for third in MSU and eighth in MVC history.