Posted: Sunday, 30 December 2012 6:57PM

Edie leads Lady Bears past Coppin State

Missouri State used career-high scoring efforts from Whitney Edie and Kenzie Williams on the way to its best offensive output of the season Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena for a 88-75 victory over Coppin State in the final non-conference game of the season.

Edie (26) and Williams (21) gave the Lady Bears (8-4) their first pair of 20-point scorers this season, and Hannah Wilkerson dished out a career-high eight assists as Missouri State had a season-best 23 in that category. Coppin State fell to 4-9 with the loss.

Missouri State scored six points in 44 seconds early on to spark an 11-1 run that ended with MSU leading 15-7 at the 13:36 mark, and the defense held Coppin State to one field goal over nearly seven minutes as Tyonna Snow’s 3-pointer with 12:13 on the clock stretched the lead to 20-9.

The Eagles whittled away at the Missouri State advantage and made it a two-point game at 22-20 before Williams took over for the Lady Bears.

In a matter of three minutes and 31 seconds, Williams netted 16 points, beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup for a 30-20 lead at the 6:54 mark, then adding two more treys around a pair of free throws to put MSU ahead 38-26 with 4:29 left in the first half.

Williams missed only one shot in the first period and finished with 18 points, while Edie added 15 as the Lady Bears went into the break with a 46-35 lead.

Coppin State scored first out of intermission before the Lady Bears rattled off a 6-0 run to build their largest lead yet at 52-37 with 18:34 remaining. Missouri State stayed ahead by at least 10 points until CSU made it 63-54 with 10:45 on the clock, and the Eagles hit a 3-pointer on their next possession for a 65-57 score and 10:18 to play in the game.

CSU continued to close the gap with a 7-0 run to make it a 69-67 game with 6:55 left to play before a 
Karly Buer jumper stopped it and sparked an 11-0 Missouri State run that she ended with a 3-pointer 76 seconds later for an 80-67 MSU lead with 5:07 on the clock. The Lady Bears kept their lead at nine points or better after the decisive run to close out the win.

Buer finished with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and Christiana Shorter chipped in 10 for four double-figure scorers. Edie had a team-high nine rebounds and Tyonna Snow scored nine points with seven boards, four assists and five steals.
Missouri State shot 45.5 percent overall and 9-for-19 from 3-point land. Coppin State went 30-for-76 (39.5 percent) from the floor and committed 27 turnovers.
The Lady Bears open Missouri Valley Conference play Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:05 p.m. at Wichita State (6-6).

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