Nov. 18, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Missouri State women’s basketball team nearly overcame a 13-point deficit with less than five minutes to play, but missed several shots as time wound down on the final possession in a 65-63 loss at Kansas State Friday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
After making a total of seven three-pointers in their first two games, the Wildcats (3-0) buried eight triples in the first half in just 13 attempts, including seven of their first eight, on the way to a 41-27 halftime advantage.
KSU jumped ahead 7-0 in just over a minute of action, guard Brittany Chambers hit her fifth three-ball at the 9:25 mark on the way to 20 points in the period, and the Wildcats led by as many as 16 at 29-13 and 33-17. Missouri State cut the lead in half with an 8-0 run that began with layup and free throw from Lacey Boshe and ended with five straight points from Casey Garrison for a 33-25 score with 3:14 to play in the first.
Kansas State bombed in its eighth three-pointer 20 seconds later and pulled away to the 14-point lead at intermission.
The Lady Bears (1-2) chopped 10 points off the KSU lead to open the second half while holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first 6:29 of the period. Jasmine Malone opened with two quick buckets and added a free throw between two Garrison free throws and a Garrison three as the senior pair evenly split the 10-0 run that closed the KSU lead to 41-37.
Kansas State regrouped with a 7-0 run to go back up by 11 at 48-37 with 11:41 remaining, and the margin hovered in the 10-point range until Chambers hit another trey at 8:04 to make it 55-43 in favor of the Wildcats.
With KSU up by 13 nearly four minutes later, Boshe connected on her second conventional three-point play of the contest and Garrison followed with a jumper in the lane on the next possession to cut the gap to 60-52 with 3:39 on the game clock.
Christiana Shorter made it 62-56 with a fast break layup and 2:13 remaining and Garrison followed with a jumper in the lane to pull the Lady Bears within four for the first time since early in the half, but the following MSU possession resulted in a jump ball with possession favoring the Wildcats and 44.7 seconds left.
Kansas State hit two free throws on that possession and Jaleshia Roberson drained a three-ball with 37.8 remaining for a 64-61 score, and Karly Buer stole the ball from KSU and laid it in 11 seconds later for a one-point game.
The Wildcats hit a free throw and the Lady Bears missed four shots in the game’s final 10 seconds before time ran out.
Despite Chambers’ hot-shooting for KSU, Garrison scored a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Shorter had nine points and 10 rebounds as MSU out-rebounded the Wildcats 41-31. The Lady Bears shot 39.6 percent from the floor compared to 40.7 for KSU.
The Lady Bears take a week off before heading to Oral Roberts for a 2:05 p.m. game on Nov. 26.