Posted: Friday, 21 December 2012 10:15PM

Lady Bears pull away late for 69-55 win at SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Missouri State used a 24-5 second-half run and a 62-35 rebounding margin to earn a 69-55 road victory over Southeast Missouri State Friday evening at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The Lady Bears (7-4) outscored the Redhawks (5-7) 29-9 in the game’s final 9:25 to secure a winning non-conference record for a fourth consecutive season. The senior post duo of Christiana Shorter and Whitney Edie combined for 36 points and 22 rebounds, with Shorter going for 15/14 and her 23rd career double-double and Edie scoring a game-high 21 with eight boards.

Missouri State fell behind 9-0 to begin the game but gained control in the first half with a 12-0 run to lead 28-22 with 2:40 to play in the first half.

The Redhawks missed 13 consecutive field goals and went nearly 12 minutes of game time without making a basket before scoring to pull within 30-27 with 17:54 left in the game, while the Lady Bears had their own seven-minute streak that ended with an Edie layup at the 14:45 mark for a 35-34 score in favor of SEMO.

Karly Buer’s jumper briefly gave the Lady Bears a 36-35 lead before the Redhawks took it back 18 seconds later and pushed their advantage to as many as six at 46-40 before the Lady Bears finished strong.

Three-pointers from Edie and Desiree Phillips around a Hannah Wilkerson free throw got the lead back for MSU at 47-46 with 7:50 to play, and Shorter followed 30 seconds later with a 3-point play for a 50-46 advantage.

The Redhawks twice cut the MSU lead to two points when another Lady Bear run, this time 8-0, culminated with Edie’s 3-point play for a 60-50 lead and 4:32 left in the game. The Redhawks got no closer than nine points the remainder of the contest.

Missouri State overcame a slow offensive start to shoot 37.1 percent overall while holding SEMO to 31.7 percent, including a 1-for-13 mark from 3-point land.

Buer, Kenzie Williams, Phillips and Shorter all notched either season or career-best rebounding totals as the Lady Bears grabbed 62 overall and 25 on the offensive end.
The Lady Bears are off until Dec. 30 when they return home to JQH Arena for a 2:05 p.m. contest against Coppin State (4-7).

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