Lady Bears Take 28-25 Lead Over Purple Aces Into Break
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Lady Bears shook off a sluggish start to take a 28-25 lead over visiting Evansville into intermission Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena. Christiana Shorter's eight points led all first-half scorers, as MSU used a 20-10 scoring run to overcome an early five-point deficit.
Missouri State struggled to find its groove on the offensive end, hitting just 13-of-40 field goal attempts in the period. The Lady Bears were shut out from beyond the arc, going 0-for-9 from three-point range.
Evansville built an 11-6 lead in the opening minutes behind a Stephanie Bamberger three and two Chelsea Falkenstein baskets. MSU responded by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, taking the lead for good on a Jasmine Malone 18-foot jumper with 8:53 to play.
The Lady Bears would extend their lead to 24-18 on another Malone basket with just over four minutes remaining.
UE, which shot .379 (11-of-29) in the period, got balanced contributions throughout the half, as nine players found the scoring column for the Purple Aces.