NORMAL, Ill. —
One of the Missouri Valley Conference’s hottest teams rode a .556 first-half shooting performance to build a 38-29 lead over the Missouri State Lady Bears, as home standing Illinois State got 13 points from Emily Hanley and a trio of three-pointers from Katie Broadway off the bench. ISU, which connected on 5-of-8 (.625) attempts from beyond the arc, outscored MSU 23-5 over a span of eight minutes to turn a two-point deficit into a 27-11 advantage.
Both teams came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, combining to hit seven of their first 10 field goal attempts over the first four minutes of the ball game. Missouri State grabbed a 6-4 lead on the first of Casey Garrison
’s five first-half field goals with 17:20 left on the clock, but the Redbirds would answer with a Shala Jackson basket that would kick-off a 9-0 spurt. Hanley buried a triple to cap the run, but ISU wasn’t quite finished. After MSU pulled to within 14-8 on a Jasmine Malone
steal and layup, Hanley poured home five straight points, and Amanda Clifton drilled a trey with just under 12 minutes left to stretch the lead to 22-10.
A Kenyatta Shelton bucket followed by the first of Broadway’s three-point field goals made it a 27-11 contest, matching ISU’s biggest lead of the period.
The Lady Bears briefly pulled to within 12 on field goals from Garrison and Malone, but ISU would answer back with another Broadway three and a Shelton basket to extend its lead back to 16.
Four unanswered points by the Lady Bears cut the lead down to 10 once again, as Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson
converted from the field for MSU.
But Broadway came up with another big triple to push the ISU lead to 37-24, and Hanley would add a free throw at the 2:56 mark to complete the Redbirds’ first-half scoring. Missouri State would close to within single digits in the closing minutes, as Roberson knocked down the Lady Bears’ first three-pointer of the game, and Kendra Roberts
and Regan Soldner
added free throws in the final minute of play.
Illinois State would hit 15-of-27 field goal attempts as a team to overcome a 3-of-8 (,375) shooting effort from the line.
Garrison led the Lady Bears with 10 points to help MSU shoot .462 (12-fo-26) from the floor.