Nov. 11, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Missouri State’s women’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 campaign Monday with a 79-61 loss to a talented Arkansas State club at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. The Lady Bears trailed by double digits for the final 26:46 of the contest in the season opener for both clubs.
Kenzie Williams scored the first basket of the game but the Lady Bears missed their next seven shots as Arkansas State ripped off a 14-1 run to lead 14-3 just 5:24 into the contest. Missouri State picked up its seventh personal foul with 12:37 left in the half and its 10th with 8:10 to play as ASU’s eighth made free throw of the period made the score 26-11 at that time.
The Red Wolves had a 20-point lead at 31-11 on a 3-pointer with 6:35 to play and led by as many as 21 at 34-13. The Lady Bears cut the lead to 14 on three occasions before a buzzer-beating jumper by ASU put the home team up 43-26 at the half. Missouri State shot 9-for-28 in the period compared 14-for-29 for the home team.
Missouri State closed to 14 points twice more early in the second half before finally getting under that number with 14:40 to play when Williams buried a baseline jumper for a 54-41 deficit. Katie Palmer followed with a basket 56 seconds later for a 54-43 score, but the Lady Bears were unable to score for the next 6:33 as the Red Wolves built their lead back to 62-43 before a Tyonna Snow free throw ended the drought with 7:11 to play.
Williams hit a layup with 6:28 to play to make it 63-46, but that was as close as the Lady Bears would get as ASU would shoot 42.6 percent from the floor and 23-of-29 from the foul line in the game.
The Lady Bears shot 21-for-56 from the field but dished out just six assists against 17 turnovers. Williams led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Bry Snow pulled down a career-high nine boards as MSU trailed 40-38 in that category. Karly Buer added 12 points for MSU.
Arkansas State’s Aundrea Gamble finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bears return to action Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 7:05 p.m. when they take on Arkansas-Little Rock (1-0) in the home opener at JQH Arena.