Lady Bears Fall to Arkansas, 78-44
Nov. 22, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Missouri State (1-3) got 14 points from Tyonna Snow and 12 from Kenzie Williams, but home standing Arkansas was too much for the up-and-coming Lady Bears here Friday night in a 78-44 loss at the hands of the Razorbacks.
Arkansas, which shot 54.7 percent from the field and scored 22 points off 21 MSU turnovers, was led by Keira Peak with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Kelsey Brooks was 5-for-6 from the field and added 15 points for the Razorbacks who improved to 5-0.
A slow start set the pace early as Missouri State managed just one field goal in the first 10 minutes, 36 seconds. Meanwhile, Arkansas built an 18-4 lead before Mikala McGhee knocked down a 3-pointer to give the visitors a spark. Karly Buer followed up with a jumper, Kenzie Williams scored off the glass, and Lexi Hughes drained a 20-footer to continue the 8-0 outburst by Missouri State over the next five minutes to make it an 18-13 contest with 6:57 left in the half.
But the rest of the opening stanza belonged to the Razorbacks. Arkansas closed out the half on a 16-2 run without allowing another Missouri State field goal before the intermission. The Lady Bears were 5-for-26 from the field in the opening period and trailed 32-15 at the break.
MSU nearly doubled its offensive production in the second half as Bry Snow came storming out of the gates to score the Lady Bears' first two field goals. But just as it did in the first half, Arkansas had an answer for every run by the visiting club and extended its lead to 22 before the first media timeout on a 3-pointer by Brooks.
Later in the half Tyonna Snow forced the home club into a timeout with a pair of steals she converted into layups on the other end to spark a brief 5-0 run by Missouri State. Snow helped close what was a 27-point deficit to 55-33 with 8:41 to play. Arkansas pushed back ahead and extended its lead to 30 for the first time with just over three minutes to go. A pair of Brooks free throws in the final minute gave the Razorbacks their biggest lead of the night and made the final score 78-44.
MSU got 5 rebounds from Bry Snow who added 6 points for Missouri State. MSU finished 14-for-52 (.269) from the field and just 2-of-12 (.167) from beyond the arc. The Lady Bears scored 14-of-21 (.667) at the line and also collected 6 steals.
Arkansas was 29-for-53 (.547) from the field, 6-of-16 (.375) from long distance and 14-of-22 (.636) at the line in a game with 46 fouls. Jessica Jackson (12) and McKenzie Adams (10) also finished in double figures for Arkansas, which finished right at its 78-point-per-game scoring average for the season.
Missouri State returns to JQH Arena on Tuesday for a rare Noon start against Quinnipiac (1-3). Tickets are available now at MissouriStateBears.com, by phone at (417) 836-7678 or at the MSU Athletics Box Office at JQH Arena during regular box office hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.