MSU improved to 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference with head coach Nyla Milleson’s 100th win at Missouri State, making her the third coach in school history to reach that milestone while doing so in the second-fewest number of games, 177. Drake fell to 5-11 and 0-5 in league play.
The Lady Bears held a double-digit lead early in the second half and led 68-60 with 8:16 to go before Drake ripped off a 15-1 run to lead 75-69 with 3:06 left. In fact, the Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent in the second half, including 7-of-11 from beyond the 3-point line, but Missouri State was able to hold on by committing just three turnovers after intermission and making 12-of-16 from the foul line in the period.
Whitney Edie began the comeback with two free throws with 2:19 to play for a 75-71 score, and Hannah Wilkerson drained a 3-pointer on an in-bounds play with 1:18 to go before Snow’s first go-ahead score at the 46.3 second mark gave the Lady Bears a 76-75 advantage.
Drake took the lead back 16 seconds later when Webb City native Kyndal Clark hit two free throws as part of her game-high 26 points, and Edie then missed two free throws with 16.3 seconds to go, but Snow again came up big, grabbing the rebound and laying it in for the game-winning basket. The defense got a stop and Edie made amends with two made free throws for the 80-77 final, as Kenzie Williams deflected Clark’s last-second 3-point attempt.
Missouri State led by as many as six in the first half and went into intermission up 36-33. The Bulldogs scored the first four points of the second period for a brief lead before the Lady Bears used a 9-0 run to lead 45-37 on the way to their 50-40 advantage with 14:56 to play.
The Bulldogs chipped away at the MSU lead and eventually went ahead 70-68 on a Clark layup in the midst of their 15-1 run.
Edie led MSU with 25 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, and Williams scored 14 points with a career-high seven assists.
The Lady Bears shot 41.2 percent overall and from 3-point land, while Drake shot 27-for-59 overall for 45.8 percent.
Missouri State hosts league-leading Creighton Monday at 7 p.m. The Bluejays were 12-3 and 4-0 in league play entering their Saturday evening game at Wichita State.