Dec. 20, 2011
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Missouri State (7-3) overcame significant second-half foul trouble and a late rally from Arkansas State (5-7) Tuesday to come away with a 77-68 road victory over the Red Wolves at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. The Lady Bears closed the non-conference portion of the schedule with their sixth victory in seven games.
Missouri State picked up its 10th team foul with 9:18 to play and a 61-55 lead and after ASU knocked down both free throws to close the gap to four, Lacey Boshe hit a jumper and Jaleshia Roberson converted a four-point play with her seventh three of the game for a 67-57 lead and 8:02 to play. Jasmine Malone then picked up her fourth foul with 7:09 left, joining Shorter on the bench with four fouls, and ASU quickly cut the lead to six points at 67-61.
Roberson then picked up her fourth personal foul on an ASU basket that made it 69-65 with 4:19 left, and Boshe snagged a steal on an ASU fast break a minute later to set up Garrison’s jumper for a 71-65 lead with 2:46 left. The Red Wolves countered with a layup and then a free throw as Roberson fouled out for a 71-68 score and 1:24 remaining before Garrison found a wide open Malone under the basket for a layup and 73-68 lead with 1:02 left.
MSU sealed it from there, as Boshe made one of two free throws with MSU getting the offensive rebound and a layup from Stock before ASU missed shots on consecutive possessions and Wilkerson hit a free throw for the nine-point win.
The Lady Bears didn’t hit a field goal for nearly three minutes to start the game but once they did it sparked a furious pace with multiple lead changes. Roberson hit a pair of early three-pointers for leads of 6-5 and 9-7, while six lead changes and a trio of 5-0 runs followed over the next 2:31 that resulted in a 21-17 lead on Aly Stock’s layup at the 11:21 mark.
The Red Wolves grabbed the momentum from there as turnovers plagued the Lady Bears during a 9-0 ASU run that Casey Garrison stopped with a long two-pointer for her 10th point and a 26-23 score with 8:01 on the clock.
Arkansas State extended its run to 17-4 when Jane Morrill hit a contested three-pointer at the 5:51 mark for her 17th point of the half to make the score 34-25 before Boshe hit a free throw and Roberson drained consecutive treys from each corner to make it 34-32 less than two minutes later.
ASU stopped the Missouri State run at 7-0 and the teams traded six baskets that ended with Roberson hitting her fifth three-pointer and Meghan Lewis hitting one for ASU to make it 41-37 Red Wolves before Hannah Wilkerson heaved in a three at the halftime buzzer for a 41-40 score at the break in favor of the home team.
The Lady Bears shot 57.7 percent in the first half, going 15-for-26 overall and 8-for-14 from long range while assisting on 14 buckets. Missouri State also committed 13 turnovers in a period in which there were two ties and 10 lead changes.
Morrill and Roberson traded threes to start the second half and Roberson assisted Whitney Edie’s layup with a half-court pass to give the Lady Bears a 45-44 lead. Edie added another layup after an ASU turnover to put MSU ahead by three at the 18-minute mark, and Buer hit a short jumper with 15:57 remaining to give the Lady Bears their largest lead of the game at 51-46.
Boshe made it 53-47 a minute later, ASU converted a three-point play, and Buer and Christiana Shorter hit consecutive baskets for a seven-point lead at 57-50 with 13:42 remaining. Garrison missed a three to end her streak of nine straight makes and the Red Wolves rattled off four quick points before Garrison hit a layup but then missed the free throw to end a streak of 27 makes at the charity stripe, leaving the score 59-54 MSU with 11:55 to play.
Roberson finished with 22 points and her seven threes tied for the No. 7 single-game total in MSU history. Garrison scored 18 with six assists as MSU shot over 50 percent for the second straight game (52.5, 31-59) and hit 10 triples. The MSU defense held ASU to 25.8 percent from the field in the second half and 36.5 for the game.
The Lady Bears return to action Dec. 29 at Bradley (8-3) in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools.