Dec. 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State (2-6) out-scored Lamar (4-5) by 26 points and out-rebounded the Lady Cardinals by 18 in the second half alone Sunday to pull away for an 87-60 victory at JQH Arena.
Sophomore guards Kenzie Williams and Tyonna Snow turned in career performances in the game, with Williams pouring in 32 points - the most for an MSU player since Casey Garrison had 36 in January 2011 - and Snow posting career-bests of 11 rebounds and seven assists to go with six steals. Williams added six boards and six assists while seeing her streak of 19 consecutive made free throws come to an end.
Missouri State spotted Lamar five points to start the game and trailed 18-9 before Williams connected an back-to-back 3-pointers with 8:38 to play. Desiree Phillips gave the Lady Bears their first lead of the game at 24-23 with two free throws at the 4:54 mark and Williams buried her third trey of the period with 4:08 left for a 27-25 lead that the Lady Bears never relinquished.
Two more long balls from Williams put the Lady Bears ahead 40-35 with 18:22 left in the game, and Bry Snow’s conventional 3-point play kicked off an 11-0 run that took just 1:37 and ended with a Williams layup at the 15:20 mark for a 51-37 advantage.
Lamar made a serious dent in the MSU lead with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to pull to 53-49, but two Mikala McGhee baskets, Williams’ sixth trey of the game and some stingy MSU defense had the lead back in double figures at 61-51 with 7:30 remaining.
The Lady Bears pulled away from there, turning what was a 55-51 lead with 9:30 to play into the final margin by closing the game on a 32-9 run.
All 12 MSU players scored in the game as the team shot 45.2 percent overall and 22-for-37 (.595) in the second half. The Lady Bears finished with a 48-34 rebounding margin and set season highs with 87 points, 21 assists and 13 steals.
Up next for the Lady Bears is a Dec. 19 game against Missouri at JQH Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.