Feb. 19, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State Lady Bears forced a season-high 31 turnovers and turned those into 29 points Sunday afternoon on the way to an 81-61 victory over visiting Southern Illinois at JQH Arena.
Missouri State (18-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley Conference) won its eighth consecutive game for the team's longest streak since winning 18 straight in the 2003-04 season. Southern Illinois fell to 7-19 and 3-12 in conference play.
The Lady Bears used four separate runs of 7-0 or better in the first half to take a 44-28 lead into the break after falling behind 9-4. Missouri State drew five charges and forced 17 turnovers to double-up the Salukis in shot attempts by a 42-21 margin.
The Salukis scored three quick points to open the second half before the Lady Bears responded with a 6-0 run and kept the lead at 15 of better for the remainder of the contest. An 8-0 run midway through the period provided MSU's largest lead at 62-39 with 10:25 to play.
Missouri State nabbed a season-best 16 steals, headed by five from Casey Garrison and four from Christiana Shorter, her sixth game with at least that many in her last seven outings. Garrison's five steals moved her past the 250 mark for her career, while her four assists gave her 501 and her three-pointer in the first half moved her into 10th in school history with 124.
Garrison led four Lady Bears in double figures with 17 points, Shorter added 14, Jaleshia Roberson scored 13 and Whitney had season-highs of 12 points and seven rebounds. Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Karly Buer, Jasmine Malone and Garrison had four assists each as MSU handed out 19 as a team compared to a season-low 11 turnovers.
The Lady Bears held a 45-42 rebounding margin that included a season-high 26 offensive boards that led to 20 second-chance points. Missouri State shot 39.5 percent (30-76) and held SIU to 36 percent (18-50).
The Lady Bears begin their last road trip of the regular season Friday with a 6:05 p.m. game at Indiana State (12-14, 6-8).