Nov. 20, 2012
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A 14-0 run by Gonzaga just before the half has the Missouri State Lady Bears trailing the Bulldogs, 41-27, at the intermission here in the first round of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
Whitney Edie leads MSU with 7 first-half points, followed by Bry Snow and Tyonna Snow with 5 apiece.
The Lady Bears scratched their way back into the ball game after falling behind 15-10 in the first five-and-a-half minutes. A pair of free throws by Christiana Shorter sparked a 7-0 run by MSU that pushed the Springfield club ahead 17-15 at the 13:23 mark. A three-pointer by Tyonna Snow capped the rally and had the undefeated Bulldogs on the ropes.
But GU responded with an 8-0 outburst over the next two minutes to regain a 23-17 advantage. The Lady Bears stayed close for the next six minutes and tied the game at 27-27 with a Shorter steal and layup, followed by a Hannah Wilkerson coast-to-coast bucket.
But the final 3:53 of the half belonged to Gonzaga, which made 7 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes and shot 41.2 (14-34) percent from the field. The Bulldogs scored 14 unanswered points, including 7 by Keani Albanez, who has 15 points at the intermission.
MSU is 10-for-26 (.385) from the field, 2-of-9 (.222) from bonus distance and 5-of-8 (.625) at the line. MSU was out-rebounded 19-18 and committed 12 turnovers.
The winner of the game takes on Louisville on Wednesday night. The Cardinals defeated Central Florida, 94-73, giving UCF a date with the MSU-Gonzaga loser.