- Missouri State suffered its first home loss since early January on Friday evening, dropping a 78-72 decision to Tulsa in the first round of the WNIT at JQH Arena. The Lady Bears end their season with an 18-15 record, including an 18-9 mark since Dec. 1. Tulsa (18-13) advanced to play Eastern Michigan in the second round.
The Lady Bears led for nearly 30 minutes in the contest, and had a double-digit advantage early in the second half, but the Golden Hurricane shot 53.3 percent in the second period to earn the victory.
The first 12-plus minutes of the game featured three separate runs of at least 10-0, resulting in a 13-point Missouri State lead with 7:40 to play. Tyonna Snow
scored nine of her career-high 29 points before the first media timeout as the Lady Bears had an early 12-4 lead, and Tulsa regained the advantage with its own 10-0 run before Missouri State knocked down three 3-pointers in 46 seconds to kick off a 16-1 run for a 28-15 lead.
Tulsa hit back-to-back triples pull within seven, MSU led by 11 on Liza Fruendt's
jumper with 1:42 to play, and TU scored the last five points to trail 39-33 at intermission.
Snow's career-high third triple put the Lady Bears up 49-39 with 17:18 to play, but the Lady Bears' offense went cold by missing its next eight shots before a Fruendt trey with 12:58 left made it 52-44.
The Golden Hurricane continued to chip away, finally taking the lead at 59-57 with eight minutes left. Three ties and three lead changes ensued to a 68-66 Lady Bear advantage thanks to a Kenzie Williams
bucket with 3:14 to play, but Tulsa responded with a 7-0 run to go ahead 73-68 with exactly one minute remaining.
Snow scored with 51 seconds left to close to 73-70, but the Golden Hurricane hit five free throws in the next 30 seconds to put the game away.
Missouri State shot 36.1 percent for the game compared to 46.8 percent for the visitors, and lost the rebounding battle, 45-39. Ashley Clark, the American Athletic Conference Sixth Player of the Year, led Tulsa with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Fruendt added 10 points for MSU to finish her freshman season ranked 17th among MSU rookies in total points and 11th in average. Classmate Aubrey Buckley
became the sixth Lady Bear to start at least 30 games as a true freshman.
Snow concluded her junior season ranked sixth in school history in career steals, fifth in free throw attempts, 10th in free throw makes and 24th in points. Williams ended her junior year ranked 18th in career scoring, while her 509 total points in 2014-15 placed her 16th on the single-season list.