Edie leads Lady Bears to fifth-place finish in Puerto Vallarta
Whitney Edie, a graduate from Exeter High School, led Missouri State University in both points and rebounds as the Lady Bears defeated UC Santa Barbara 68-61, in the consolation finals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope women's basketball event in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Edie scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards against UCSB, and the Missouri State women improved to 3-2 to cap off their trip.
The Lady Bears lost to Gonzaga, 80-66, in the tournament opener on Nov. 20 then defeated Central Florida on Nov. 21, 83-75, to reach the finals of the consolation bracket.
For her efforts, Edie was named to the All-Tournament team.
Just like most top programs, the Missouri State basketball teams compete in at least one tournament in an exotic locale every season to stay competitive in the national recruiting wars. This year, both the MSU men and women traveled to Puerto Vallarta.
Edie scored 13 of her team-leading 17 points in the first half as the Lady Bears opened a 27-23 halftime lead. Missouri State led by as many as 9 points in the first half when Edie's fast-break layup created an 18-9 score.
UCSB rallied late to cut the lead to 60-57 at the 1:22 mark, but Christiana Shorter scored 5 points and Edie added a free throw to end the comeback threat.
Shorter scored 16 for the Lady Bears. Hannah Wilkerson, a junior from Miller, buried a trey early in the contest and went on to score 11. Kenzie Williams, a red-shirt freshman from Mt. Vernon, also scored 11, and Desiree Phillips added 10 as five Missouri State players reached double figures.
The Lady Bears shot 20 of 28 from the free throw line, with both Edie and Shorter hitting six of seven freebies. UCSB struggled to get to the line and finished with eight of 11 free throws. Missouri State won the battle of the boards, 40-34. The Lady Bears benefited from 27 points off the bench.
The Missouri State Lady Bears are coached by Nyla Milleson, who is in her sixth year at the helm the Lady Bears after a seven-year stint at Drury.
The Lady Bears return home to Springfield to play Oral Roberts at the JQH arena on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:05 p.m.