Lady Bears reach milestone win

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Missouri State Lady Bears reached a milestone with their 83-60 win over Arkansas State at Springfield on Dec. 15.

The Lady Bears recorded the 750th win in the history of a storied program and became only the 28th girls NCAA Division 1 school to reach that mark.

This year's edition of the Lady Bears has a decidedly local flavor. Whitney Edie, of Exeter, Hannah Wilkerson, of Miller, and Kenzie Williams, of Mt. Vernon are all crowd favorites, playing to the same contingent of fans that watched them during their high school careers.

Edie drew the biggest cheer of the night when she flung ASU's center Jane Morrill to the hardwood in a mixed martial arts loose ball scramble.

Four Lady Bears reached double figures in the contest. Williams led the team with 15, while Wilkerson, Karly Buer and Tyonna Snow scored 14 apiece. Buer was deadly from outside, hitting all four of her 3-point attempts.

Edie scored 7 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Through nine games, she leads the Lady Bears in both points (132) and rebounds (89).

Missouri State opened the contest with a 10-2 run, but the Red Wolves battled back and claimed a 23-22 lead. The Lady Bears put another run together and led at halftime, 41-31. Williams scored all of her 15 points in that first twenty minutes.

Arkansas State roared back to start the second half, racing to an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 43-41. Buer's trey sparked a 15-2 run for the Lady Bears, with bombs from Edie and Snow adding to the 58-43 lead. The Lady Bears hit nine treys in the game, a season high total.

The Lady Bears shot 18-23 from the free throw line, while the Red Wolves converted 14 of 19. The visitors hit five of six from the line in the first half but were bothered in the second half by the Christmas-caroling Missouri State band at that end of the court.

Missouri State improved to 6-3 overall with the victory and plays on the road at Iowa on Dec. 19. Arkansas State fell to 2-7 with the loss.

Missouri State scorers: Williams, 15 points; Wilkerson, Buer and Snow, 14 each; Christiana Shorter, 9; Edie, 7; Mikala McGhee, 5; Hillary Chvatal and Alex Hillyer, 2 each; and Nicole Smallwood, 1.

Arkansas State scorers: Jane Morrill, 17; Carlisha Wyatt, 9; Hanna Qedan, 8; Quinishia McDowell, 7; Jalen O'Bannon, Sandy Jackson and Jasmine Hunt, 4 each; Xena King, 3; and Ashley Olvera and Andi Watson, 2 apiece.

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