Lady Bears Lead Shockers at the Half, 30-23
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A 6-0 scoring spurt over the final 52 seconds of the first half sent the Missouri State Lady Bears into the break with a 30-23 lead over visiting Wichita State Friday evening at JQH Arena. Christiana Shorter tallied half of her eight first-half points during the run, and MSU limited the Shockers to just .323 (10-of-31) shooting over the game’s first 20 minutes to take their biggest lead of the night into the locker room.
Missouri State overcame a slow start from the field by converting 8-of-9 (.889) free throw attempts, including a 4-for-4 effort by Casey Garrison that extended the junior’s school-record streak of consecutive makes from the line to 37 in-a-row.
The Lady Bears also controlled the boards throughout the period, finishing up with a 26-19 advantage in total rebounds.
Neither club broke from the gate with much momentum, as the two teams combined to go just 6-for-28 from the floor over the first eight minutes of the contest. Tia Mays’s two free throws at the 12:45 mark gave MSU its first lead of the night at 8-7, but the Shockers came right back with a 5-0 spurt to claim a four-point lead with 10:33 to go.
MSU responded with a 10-0 run over a three-minute, 28-second span to build an 18-12 advantage. Jasmine Malone got the ball rolling with a layup off of a Mays feed, and Kendra Roberts followed with a pair of free throws to knot the score. Garrison followed suit with two successful charity tosses, then knocked down her first field goal attempt of the night to cap the run after Lacey Boshe scored on a strong move in the post.
Wichita State bounced back by outscoring MSU 8-2 after the Lady Bears took a 22-15 lead on a Roberts drive to the basket with 4:40 to play.
The Lady Bears had the last laugh in the half, however, as Shorter scored on back-to-back possessions and Garrison sank two more free throws with less than one second left on the clock to close out the first-half scoring.