. — Behind Jaleshia Roberson’s
11 points, the Missouri State Lady Bears took a slim 33-32 lead over Indiana State into the halftime locker room Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena. MSU built an early double-digit lead, only to watch the Sycamores strike back with a late scoring run to make it a contest once again.
Missouri State jumped out to an early lead, as Roberson drained her first two three-point attempts of the day on back-to-back possessions to make it an 8-3 contest, just one-minute and 42 seconds into the game. ISU’s Kelsie Cooley answered with a trey of her own to slice the margin to two, but sparked by baskets from Christiana Shorter
and Karly Buer
, the Lady Bears would score 12 of the next 16 points to take their largest lead of the day at 20-10 with 11:40 to play in the half.
However, the Sycamores came back with a 17-6 spurt over the ensuing seven minutes to take a 27-26 lead on Deja Mattox’s putback at the 3:47 mark. Anna Munn started the run with a running 10-footer off the right baseline, and Mattox canned a three-pointer with 8:37 left on the clock to pull ISU to within four. MSU would push its lead back to six on a pair of Roberson free throws, before ISU would score seven unanswered points to take its only lead of the half.
MSU bounced back behind four straight points from Casey Garrsion
and a Roberson three to claim a 33-29 advantage with just over one minute left on the clock. Schoen would sink another three from the left corner to draw ISU to within one point heading into the break.
The Sycamores controlled the boards through the first 20 minutes, finishing with a 25-19 advantage in total rebounds, including a 10-3 edge in offensive boards.
For the most part, MSU did its job on the defensive end, holding ISU to .342 (13-of-38) shooting for the half. One of the top three-point shooting clubs in the Valley, the Sycamores went just 4-of-17 (.235) from beyond the arc in the opening half.