The No. 21 Missouri State University Bears (18-3, 8-1 MVC) defeated the Illinois State University women’s basketball team (13-7, 5-4 MVC) 87-74 on Sunday.
Senior forward Lexi Wallen scored 25 on 9-19 shooting and six rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Mary Crompton had 18 on 6-12 shooting, and 6-11 from beyond the arc.
Senior guard TeTe Maggett struggled from the field. She had 13 points on 5-18 shooting but added eight rebounds and five assists.
MSU’s Alexa Willard led the Bears’ scoring with 16 points on 7-11 shooting. Brice Calip scored 15 points on 4-9 shooting along with eight assists. Abby Hipp had a 10-point, 11 rebound double-double along with four steals on 5-7 shooting.
The Bears outscored the ’Birds 23-16 in the first quarter. MSU shot 9-16 compared to ISU’s 7-16.
The second quarter would tell a similar story. MSU’s defense held the ’Birds to 6-17 shooting as the Bears cruised to an 8-11 performance to win that quarter 22-17. Missouri State had 10 points in the paint compared to ISU’s two. MSU led 45-33 at halftime and junior guard Juliunn Redmond led ISU with 10 points, two rebounds and one steal.
ISU won the third quarter 23-17. The ’Birds shot 8-13 and held MSU to 6-15. They corrected the points in paint disparity and won that margin 10-4. Going into the fourth quarter, ISU still trailed 56-62.
MSU regained control in the fourth. Its 25-18 run in the fourth clinched the 87-74 victory. The Lady Bears shot 9-17 and held the ’Birds to 7-20. Missouri State’s bench contributed seven points in the quarter.
Missouri State proved why it has one of the very best programs in the nation. They continue to lead the Missouri Valley Conference as well.
Illinois State hosts Bradley (16-4, 7-2 MVC) at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the Pack the Arena promotion.