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Thursday, February 14, 2008 | Women's Basketball
Evansville Slides by Drake in OT, Wins 10th-Straight; WBB Recap
Evansville put four players in double-figures and need an extra five minutes to earn a road win over Drake, 69-66, for their 10th-straight win and a half-game lead in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Aces overcame the fifth-consecutive double-double from Jill Martin, who posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Creighton’s 62-59 win over Southern Illinois moved the Bluejays to 7-4 in league play and into a tie for third-place with Drake. Northern Iowa evened its conference record with their third-straight Valley win, 64-54, at Wichita State. Missouri State topped Bradley in a topsy-turvy game that saw the Lady Bears build a 21-point halftime lead and then be outscored 41-27 in the second half before holding on to win, 73-66.
Evansville 69, Drake 66
After Jennings’ three-pointer, Drake’s Ashleigh Brady would hit one of two free throws on the Bulldogs’ next trip down the floor to trim the lead to 66-64 with 1:18 remaining. UE senior guard Rebekah Parker would answer with a lay-up in the lane with 1:01 to play to give the Purple Aces a 68-64 lead, and Drake would not get back within three points the rest of the way.
Senior center Jill Martin led the Bulldogs with 22 points and 11 rebounds in her 10th double-double of the season. Brady also added 10 points off of the bench for the Bulldogs.
With the victory,
Creighton 62, Southern Illinois 59
OMAHA, Neb. Freshman Kelsey Woodard led the Bluejays with 14 points and senior Sara Cain pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Creighton to a 62-59 victory over Southern Illinois Thursday night at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The Bluejays held SIU (8-14, 4-8 MVC) to just six first-half field goals and surpassed last season’s victory total with their 14th win of the year.
UNI 64, Wichita State 54
WICHITA, Kan. -- University of Northern Iowa freshman Jacqui Kalin scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 64-54 victory at Wichita State Thursday night. The win is the Panthers' third straight and the 19th consecutive victory over the Shockers.
Traci Ollendieck scored nine points, and Lizzie Boeck and Nicole Clausen each scored seven for UNI. Kiki Stephens and Kyrie Kinder each scored nine points to lead WSU.
Wichita State (8-16, 2-10) scored first, and the Panthers answered with a layup from Kalin and a three from Ollendieck that gave UNI (10-13, 6-6) a 5-2 lead early. The Panther lead stayed between one and three points until Kalin hit a three from the right wing to put UNI in front 18-14 with 8:07 left in the half.
Kalin hit a short jumper at the six-minute mark to end the WSU run, and Danielle Wubbens found Lizzie Boeck on the block for a basket that tied the game at 22-22. Boeck got a three from the top of a key to bounce in, putting the Panthers back in the lead, 25-22 with 4:55 remaining in the period. Wubbens scored on a layup, Nicole Clausen hit a three and Erin Brocka knocked down a 15-foot jumper to put the Panthers in front by 10, 32-22 at the two-minute mark.
Kiki Stephens put back an offensive rebound to end UNI's 14-0 run and cut the UNI lead to single digits, 32-24. Kalin scored at the one-minute mark to keep the Panther advantage at 10 points, but Kyrie Kinder hit a three from the right wing to pull the Shockers within seven, 34-27.
Kalin hit a three with 12 seconds remaining in the period to send the Panthers into the break in front by 10, 37-27.
WSU scored the first five points of the second period to cut the Panther lead in half, 37-32. UNI answered with a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 43-32.
Daria Frazier hit a three for the Shockers, and DeGarmo hit a pair of free throws to pull the Shockers back within six, 43-37 with 12:24 to play.
Clausen used a three-point play to put the Panthers back up by nine, but a free throw from Stevens and a three from DeGarmo pulled the Shockers within five, 46-41 with 10:28 remaining.
Kalin was fouled as she drove the length of the floor and hit a layup, and her free throw put UNI back up by eight, 49-41. Ollendieck returned it to a 10-point Panther lead with a pair of free throws at 7:20, and Kalin put UNI up by a dozen, 53-41, with a pair of free throws at 6:39.
Kinder scored on back-to-back trips to pull the Shockers within eight, but Brocka answered with a long jumper to keep the difference at 10 points, 55-45 with 3:50 left.
Trailing 57-47, Samantha Smith scored for the Shockers, and Daria Frazier followed with a layup as she was fouled. Her free throw pulled WSU within five with 2:10 to play, 57-52.
Clausen made one of two free throws to put UNI in front by six. Smith was fouled as she made a layup with 58 seconds left. She missed the free throw, keeping the UNI lead at four, 58-54.
The Panthers collected the rebound off the missed free throw, and Brocka was sent to the free-throw line. She hit a pair to stretch the lead to six, 60-54 with 53 seconds remaining.
UNI came up with a stop on the defensive end, and the Shockers sent Kalin to the line. She put the Panthers in front by eight with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, and after UNI came up with another defensive stop, Ollendieck hit a pair to put the Panther lead back at 10 points, 64-54, which would become the final score.
The Panthers shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor in the first half, but went cold in the second period, shooting 7-of-28 (25 percent) to finish shooting 21-of-56 (38 percent) for the game. UNI was 5-of-22 (23 percent) from three-point range, and the Panthers were 17-of-18 (94 percent) from the free-throw line.
WSU shot 20-of-58 (35 percent) from the floor, including 5-of-18 (28 percent) from behind the arc. The Shockers were 9-of-13 (69 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Panthers committed a season-low eight turnovers, compared to 15 for the Shockers. WSU outrebounded UNI, 41-36.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they play at Missouri State. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
Missouri State 73, Bradley 66
The Missouri State Lady Bears raced out of the gate to a 21-point halftime lead, then withstood the Bradley Braves’ second-half rally to earn a 73-66 win Thursday evening in Missouri Valley Conference women’s college basketball action at Hammons Student Center. Junior forward Maggie Dwyer’s 20-point night led all scorers, and Tiff Terwelp nearly completed a triple-double in helping the Lady Bears sweep the Braves for the first time since 2003-04.
Despite playing without the services of two starters for nearly the entire second half, MSU forced 25 turnovers and limited BU to 35 percent shooting from the floor to improve to 8-15 overall and 6-6 in the Valley. Senior guard Tahnee Balerio went down midway through the first half with an injury and did not return, and sophomore guard Melissa Busby was lost to injury early in the second stanza after knocking down a pair of key three-pointers in the first half.
After a dismal first-half effort, Bradley hit 45 percent of its second-half shots to outscore MSU 41-27 after the break and turn a lopsided contest into a tightly-contested game.
Missouri State was able to hold off the BU comeback bid thanks in large part to a sparkling first-half effort that saw the Lady Bears shoot over 51 percent from the field. MSU knocked down its first three shots and 11 of its first 19 field goal attempts to jump out to leads of 8-0 and 29-12. Busby buried a three-pointer just five seconds into the contest and the Lady Bears caught fire from there, connecting on 17-of-33 first-half field goal tries in building a 46-25 halftime advantage.
The Lady Bears were especially hot from long range, hitting 6-of-9 first-half attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Dwyer drilled a trey from the right wing on MSU’s second possession of the ballgame to make it a 6-0 contest, and Busby hit the Lady Bears’ fourth triple just 4:22 into the game to push the lead to 18-6. A Jasmyne Watson three-point play and a Terwelp lay-in with 9:11 left in the period made it a 17-point MSU lead, and Bradley got no closer than 13 points the rest of the half.
Dwyer led the Missouri State attack with 14 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. MSU’s defense flustered Bradley throughout the period, forcing the Braves to commit 14 turnovers while shooting just 26.5 percent from the field.
Missouri State maintained its double-digit advantage over the first 15 minutes of the second half, allowing the visitors to get no closer than 15 points until Skye Johnson’s three-point play with 5:47 left on the clock cut the margin to 61-47. BU’s Jenny Van Kirk then scored five straight points to cap a 15-4 run that sliced the MSU lead to nine points with 4:48 to play.
Dwyer would give the Lady Bears some breathing room with her basket at the 4:16 mark, but Bradley got three-pointers from Van Kirk and Renee Frericks down the stretch to close to within five points in the final minute of play.
The Lady Bears put the game on ice by knocking down all 10 of their free throw attempts over the final 2:18. Missouri State committed a season-high 29 turnovers, but also recorded 17 steals, their best single-game effort of the year.
Terwelp registered a career-high seven steals and just narrowly missed her fifth-straight double-double. The senior forward also handed out a season-high five assists and came within one point and three steals of recording just the second triple-double in the history of the MSU program with her nine-point, 13-rebound effort.
Kelly Krumwiede led Bradley with an 11-point, 10-rebound night, while Van Kirk and Rachel Merriman also tallied 11 points for the Braves, who fell to 9-14 overall and 3-9 in MVC play.
The Lady Bears will welcome UNI to Hammons Student Center Saturday (Feb. 16) at 1:05 p.m. as part of Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame weekend, as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s "Think Pink" campaign benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
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