Nov. 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State women’s basketball team scored 41 points off 32 Truman State turnovers in a 87-62 exhibition victory over the Bulldogs Sunday at JQH Arena.
Missouri State never trailed in the game, shooting 50.8-percent from the floor, recording 24 steals and scoring 54 points in the paint in their first of two exhibition contests this season.
The Lady Bears shot 51.4-percent in the first half thanks to 5-of-5 outings from both Hannah Wilkerson and Tyonna Snow. Missouri State worked the ball inside to earn layups for each of its first five field goals, including two from Wilkerson before she hit a pair of free throws at the 14:06 mark for a personal 6-0 run. Snow followed that with a three-point play and Wilkerson added another basket 40 seconds later to complete an 11-0 run in less than two minutes of game time with the Lady Bears ahead 17-5.
Truman State closed to within five points on three occasions after that, the third being met with a Kenzie Williams 3-pointer with 5:28 remaining in the period. Williams added another trey at the 3:14 mark to lead 38-28, and Snow scored five straight MSU points to close the first half with 15 points and four steals.
The Bulldogs cut Missouri State’s lead to single digits early in the second half at 49-40, but the Lady Bears responded with a 7-0 run capped by a Williams layup with 14:50 to go. After that, MSU led by no fewer than 12 points for the remainder of the contest, going ahead by as many as 30 on Alex Hillyer’s three-pointer with 2:47 to play.
Snow finished the game with team-highs of 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Wilkerson had 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting, and Williams made all five of her field goals for 12 points. Freshman Tori Henderson added 10 points as well.
Thirteen Lady Bears ended up in the scoring column and seven had at least two steals, with seniors Christiana Shorter and Whitney Edie nabbing four apiece.
Missouri State concludes the exhibition Thursday at 7 p.m. against Southwest Baptist before opening the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 13 against 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State.