Dec. 8, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Missouri State women’s basketball got off to a fast start Thursday at Oklahoma State but sputtered over the game’s final 33 minutes in an 80-57 loss to the Cowgirls at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The game began at a furious pace with the Lady Bears (4-3) grabbing a quick six-point lead less than four minutes in. Jasmine Malone drained a pair of threes, the second for an 8-5 lead that was followed on the next possession by Jaleshia Roberson hitting a three-ball at the 16:16 mark.
OSU (5-0) point guard Tiffany Bias capped a 6-0 run with a steal and layup with 13:19 left in the half to put the Cowgirls ahead 15-14 before Malone hit her fourth triple, a career high, 10 seconds later for a 17-15 MSU advantage. The Lady Bears shot 6-of-11 from the field up to that point before falling off to make just 14 of their final 55 shots to finish at 30.3 percent for the game, including a final 8-for-32 figure from long range.
The Cowgirls responded with 10-0 run while holding the Lady Bears scoreless over the next 7:05 before Malone hit a fifth trey to make it 25-20, but OSU extended the run to 14-3 to take a 29-20 lead with 4:16 until halftime. Oklahoma State outscored the Lady Bears 6-5 to close the half for a 34-24 lead as Missouri State hoisted 1
After a scoreless first half, Casey Garrison opened up the second with a basket, and the Cowgirls bucked their first period trend from long range by knocking in three-pointers 13 seconds apart to grow their lead to 40-26 with 18:39 left in the game.
The teams traded two baskets and Christiana Shorter, who was also held scoreless in the first stanza, scored five straight points to pull the Lady Bears back within single digits at 42-33 with 17:35 to play. OSU answered with an 8-0 run to go ahead 50-33, and Shorter hit four more free throws to make it nine straight points before Regan Soldner hit from close range to make it 57-39 with 12:10 left.
Oklahoma State kept the lead between 18 and 23 points from there until Garrison hit two free throws with 4:14 left to make it 71-55.
Malone eventually hit seven three-balls (in 10 tries) on the night on the way to a game-high 21 points. While her three-point total fell four shy of the school record, it was just the 14th time in Missouri State history that a player made at least that many triples in a game.
Shorter added 11 points and six rebounds, while Garrison had boards and four assists.
Bias led the Cowgirls with 19 points and 11 assists to increase her NCAA-leading total.
The Lady Bears return to action Sunday at 1:05 p.m. when they host North Texas (7-2) at JQH Arena.