SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Emily Hanley’s 22 points, eight rebounds and two steals weren’t enough to spark a struggling Redbird offense as Illinois State’s women’s basketball team dropped a 76-61 Missouri Valley Conference decision to Missouri State on Tuesday at JQH arena.
Illinois State fell to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in MVC play, while Missouri State improved to 13-4 and 4-1 by snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Redbirds.
The top-ranked scoring defense in the MVC gave the Redbirds trouble all night. Missouri State came into the game allowing 59.6 points per game and led the conference with 6.4 blocks per game. ISU committed 21 turnovers, which Missouri State turned into 18 points on the other end. Tia Mays had eight of Missouri State’s 10 blocks, the most by a Redbird opponent all season.
“Missouri State is a talented, deep team and they outplayed us tonight,” said ISU coach Stephanie Glance. “We played well and had solid effort at times tonight, but we are still not consistent enough. We need to learn how to handle adversity better and not put ourselves in situations that are difficult to come back from.”
The Redbirds led, 16-12, at the 12-minute mark before Missouri State went on a 16-2 run to grab a 28-18 lead. Jaleshia Roberson made three of the Bears’ 3-pointers to spark the outburst. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way and ISU went into the locker room trailing 42-32 at intermission.
Hanley led the Redbirds with 15 points and six rebounds while scoring the final seven points of the half.
Casey Garrison made two transition jumpers as Missouri State scored the first eight points of the second half to extend their lead to 50-32. ISU missed its first four shots of the half before Broadway knocked down the 100th 3-pointer of her career, making her the ninth Redbird to reach that mark.
That milestone 3-pointer did little to rejuvenate the Redbirds, who went the next six minutes without scoring as Missouri State opened up a 20-point lead, 57-37, with 9:51 remaining.
ISU closes out its four-game road swing at Wichita State Sunday at 2:05 p.m.