MOLINE — Facing a 16-point deficit through three quarters, Southern Illinois senior Kylie Giebelhausen still felt like she had options.
"It was either lose and be done," Giebelhausen said, "or throw some shots up."
Giebelhausen not only threw shots up, she threw shots in as No. 4 seed Southern Illinois stunned No. 5 Indiana State with a fourth-quarter rally that produced a 69-67 quarterfinal victory Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center.
Scoring 14 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, Giebelhausen spearheaded a surge that saw the Salukis reel off 15 straight points to earn a shot at tournament favorite Drake in a 1:32 p.m. semifinal Saturday.
Southern (17-13) actually trailed by 18 late in the third quarter.
"We knew the game was not done," Salukis center Nicole Martin said. "We had to defeat the odds."
Martin, Abby Brockmeyer and Makenzie Silvey added 11 points each for Southern. Ashley Taia paced Indiana State (11-19) wtih 13 points.
"Our team played extremely well the first three quarters," said Sycamores coach Josh Keister. "We tried not to relax. We had a few breakdowns the fourth quarter, and they made us pay for every single mistake."
Missouri State 76, Bradley 68: The No. 7 seed Braves sliced a 13-point shortfall to four in the fourth quarter but No. 2 Missouri State held on to advance.
Bradley (13-18) cut a 57-44 deficit to six before the Bears (20-10) scored nine consecutive points. The Braves rallied again to within 70-66.
Missouri State received 18 points and eight rebounds from Aubrey Buckley and 16 points from Liza Fruendt.
Shunseere Kent scored 22 points and Gabi Haack 18 for Bradley.
Drake 89, Valparaiso 40: The top-seeded Bulldogs left no doubt, roaring to a 23-3 bulge while dismantling the No. 8 Crusaders behind a commanding 53-32 rebounding margin.
"I love the way we started the game," Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk said. "We did a really nice job setting the tone defensively, then our offense really started to come."
Reserves Maddy Dean and Sara Rhine scored 19 points each to lead the Bulldogs (24-7). Becca Hittner added 18 points and Brenni Rose 15.
Valpo (13-18) shot just 22.6 percent from the floor and was paced by the 11 points of Caitlin Morrison.