It was a fitting end to a game that included 13 lead changes and nine ties, and came on the heels of MSU’s Whitney Edie converting a 3-point play with 16.9 seconds left to hand Missouri State a brief 79-77 lead. The Lady Bears fell to 8-7 overall and 0-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play, while the Braves moved to 7-8 and 1-3 in league games.
Offensive rebounding was the key to Missouri State’s 43-36 halftime lead as the Lady Bears grabbed 16 of their 27 total misses. Neither team led by more than three points until Tyonna Snow’s 3-pointer kicked off a 7-0 MSU run that ended with the Lady Bears ahead 16-12 at the 12:20 mark.
Bradley scored the next five points to regain the lead and it changed hands three more times until an 8-2 Missouri State run that ended when Christiana Shorter put back a missed shot for a 28-23 advantage and 6:04 to play. Freshman Hillary Chvatal corralled MSU’s 16th offensive board and converted at the 2:40 mark as part of a 6-0 run that Snow capped with a layup for a 39-30 lead with 2:01 left in the period.
Missouri State extended its lead to nine points on four separate occasions early in the second half before the Braves mounted a 5-0 run to close to 51-47 with 16:13 on the clock.
Shorter answered with a conventional three-point play and the Lady Bears stayed ahead between five and seven points until Yohn drained a 3-pointer with 10:42 to play for a 60-58 score. The Braves continued their run to 10-0 for a 63-60 lead before Desiree Phillips stopped it with a 3-pointer at the 7:47 mark for a 63-all tie.
After Bradley took a 69-65 lead, Kenzie Williams hit a 3-pointer from the right corner and the Braves hit a free throw before Shorter tied the game at 70 with a free throw and Hannah Wilkerson hit two layups in the next 43 seconds for a 74-70 lead and 4:11 to play.
The Braves retook the lead at 77-76 with a 3-point play with 1:40 to go, and the score held until Edie rebounded her own miss and converted a three-point play with 16.9 seconds left to put the Lady Bears ahead 79-77. After Yohn’s game-winner, Williams got off a shot from just inside half court that missed wide right.
The Lady Bears put four scorers in double figures, and seven players scored six or more. Shorter led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, Edie had 15, Snow had 11 and Wilkerson scored 10 with six assists and no turnovers. Edie and Snow joined Shorter with eight rebounds each.
MSU shot 34-for-76 (.447) in the game compared to 40 percent (26-65) for Bradley, which placed five scorers in double figures, including Shronda Butts with 18 and seven assists. The Lady Bears held a 46-40 rebounding edge.
Missouri State found itself in foul trouble early in the second half, picking up its seventh team foul with 11:55 still on the clock. The Braves finished the game 21-for-24 from the foul line compared to 6-for-9 for MSU.