Missouri State rolled to 49 first-half points Thursday before going cold in the second period in a 91-77 loss at Missouri in the first meeting between the schools since 2004.
The Lady Bears (5-3) had a double-digit lead just 3:11 into the game, starting 6-for-7 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers from Kenzie Williams and another from Whitney Edie for a 15-5 advantage. Mizzoui’s Morgan Eye led the Tigers back with a trio of 3-pointers during a 12-2 MU run for a 17-17 tie, and hit another for a 23-23 tie at the 11:42 mark, after the Lady Bears had built their lead back to 23-18. Eye finished with three, 3-pointers for the third game in a row.
Missouri buckled down defensively in the second half, holding the Lady Bears to just 28 points. Missouri State missed its first 10 field goals of the second half in falling behind 56-49 and did not score until Whitney Edie sunk a free throw with 15:16 to play. Edie scored on MSU’s next two possessions to make it 57-54 less than a minute later, but the Tigers stretched their lead to a game-high 11 points with an 8-0 run while MSU went more than three minutes without a point to a 67-56 score with 10:30 to play.
Senior Sydney Crafton hit a milestone in the home win, registering her 500th career point and finishing the game with 506 in her time with the Tigers.