Lady Bears Trail Hot-Shooting Drake by 15 at the Half
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Behind the hot shooting of Kristin Turk, the Drake Bulldogs took a 46-31 lead over the Missouri State Lady Bears Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena. Turk went 5-of-6 from three-point range to score 17 first-half points, and DU hit seven of its 10 attempts from beyond the arc.
Missouri State found itself in an early 10-0 hole, as Drake connected on its first four field goal attempts out of the gate. Turk and Amber Wollschlager each knocked down three-point attempts, while the Bulldog defense flustered the Lady Bears into missing six of their first seven shots of the game.
But Jaleshia Roberson keyed a 13-2 MSU spurt that would see the Lady Bears take their first lead of the day on a Melissa Busby putback at the 11:51 mark. Roberson accounted for seven points during the run, including a three-pointer with 15:04 left on the clock.
Drake responded with three more long-range jumpers, including two from Turk, to outscore MSU 27-6 over a nine-minute stretch to ultimately take a 44-26 lead, its largest of the half.
DU finished the half 18-of-33 (.545) from the floor and held the Lady Bears to just 33 percent shooting.
Roberson and Casey Garrison led MSU with nine points apiece.