Nov. 22, 2012
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Whitney Edie has 13 points at the intermission, including Missouri State's last 11, to help the Lady Bears to a narrow 27-23 lead over UC Santa Barbara in the consolation bracket finals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope here Thursday.
Missouri State has a 21-19 rebounding advantage and has knocked down 41.7 percent (10-of-24) of its shots.
The Lady Bears jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game with a 3-pointer by Hannah Wilkerson. After UCSB tied the game with an ensuing 5-2 run, Kenzie Williams had the play of the half by gathering in a long rebound, driving to the bucket and converting in traffic while being fouled. Williams tacked on the bonus free throw to put MSU ahead 10-7 at the 12:17 mark, and MSU never relinquished its lead the rest of the half.
The Lady Bears' largest lead was 18-9 after a Desiree Phillips baseline left jumper and an Edie layup in transition put the cap on an 11-2 outburst by Missouri State.
UCSB put together a brief 8-2 run to pull within 20-17 at the 4:45 mark when Destini Mason dropped in her fourth field goal of the half, but MSU quickly responded with an Edie 3-pointer and ran its lead to eight twice more before the intermission.
Missouri State is 2-of-7 (.286) from bonus distance and 5-for-8 (.625) at the line with 10 turnovers. UCSB, which is led by Mason's eight points, shot .286 (10-for-35) from the field and 0-for-4 from long range. The Gouchos were 3-of-4 (.750) at the line and had just 3 turnovers.
The winner takes home fifth place in the eight-team tournament. UCF defeated Mississippi State for 7th place earlier in the day, 64-56.