Dec. 19, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Missouri State Lady Bears had their lowest offensive output of the season Wednesday against a solid Iowa team in what resulted in a 97-43 loss to the Hawkeyes inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Missouri State fell to 6-4 on the season while Iowa improved to 9-3.
Missouri State began the game 1-for-7 from the floor in falling behind 10-2 five minutes in, while the Hawkeyes hit five 3-pointers in the game's first 10 minutes, the fifth sparking a 14-0 run that finally ended when Karly Buer hit a foul-line jumper with 5:04 on the clock to make it 34-14 Iowa and end a 5-minute, 40-second scoring drought for the Lady Bears.
The Hawkeyes built the lead 46-20 by halftime, limiting MSU to 7-for-30 overall and 1-for-11 on 3-pointers in the first period.
Things got no easier for the Lady Bears in the second half as they finished 12-for-58 (.207) from the field, 1-for-18 from beyond the arc, and 18-for-31 from the foul line.
All 15 players on the Missouri State roster played in the game, with Hannah Wilkerson scoring 10 points as the only player in double figures. Buer and Christiana Shorter scored eight apiece, and Shorter passed the 1,300-point barrier in career scoring. Buer and Kenzie Williams shared high rebounding honors with six each.
Iowa finished the contest 36-for-75 from the field (48 percent) and made 10 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes held a 60-38 rebounding margin and dished out 25 assists in posting the highest scoring total for an MSU opponent since 2001.
Missouri State's road trip continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a game at Southeast Missouri State (5-6).