Nov. 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State’s women’s basketball team wrapped up exhibition play Wednesday evening at JQH Arena with a 76-54 victory over Maryville. After a close first half, the Lady Bears held a double-digit lead for the game’s final 17:28 and limited Maryville to 5-for-26 shooting in the second half and 30.6 percent for the contest.
Maryville hit its first three shots from beyond the arc and led 15-6 less than six minutes into the game before the Lady Bears held the Saints without a basket for nearly five minutes to pull to 15-14 with 10:40 left in the half.
Missouri State took the lead at 18-17 thanks to Tyonna Snow’s third steal and score of the period with 9:23 remaining, and pushed the advantage to 20-17 just 14 seconds later after Snow’s four theft led to a Lexi Hughes layup.
The Saints tied the game at 22-all before Missouri State ripped off a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to lead 34-22 with 4:36 to play, and pushed the margin to 13 at 39-26 on a Tyonna Snow 3-pointer with 2:03 left before Maryville hit two treys in the final 45 seconds to make the halftime score 39-32 MSU.
Kenzie Williams hit a jumper to put MSU’s lead back in double figures at the 19:07 mark and then gave the Lady Bears their largest lead of the night with two free throws for a 49-34 score with 15:47 remaining.
Desiree Phillips buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key a minute later to make it a 9-0 run and Hillary Chvatal added to it with a free throw before an MU trey ended the Saints’ scoring drought at six minutes and made the score 53-37 in favor of MSU with 12:14 to play.
Two Chvatal free throws with 4:42 remaining pushed the Missouri State lead above 20 points for the first time at 70-49, and the Lady Bears coasted from there to the 22-point win.
All 13 players on the MSU roster scored, led by 17 points from Tyonna Snow on 8-for-14 shooting. Williams added 12 points - all in the second half - and Buer scored eight points to go with four assists as MSU had 19 assists as a team and shot 44.3 percent.
Bry Snow pulled down eight rebounds and Rachel Swartz grabbed seven for the second consecutive game as MSU held a 45-36 advantage in that category.
The Lady Bears scored 31 points off 28 Maryville turnovers, with Tyonna Snow swiping six of the team’s 18 steals.
Missouri State begins the regular season Nov. 11 at Arkansas State in a game that will be televised live at 7 p.m. on the Ozarks CW.