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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Karly Buer scored a season-high 25 points and seniorsWhitney Edie and Christiana Shorter each posted double-doubles to lead the Missouri State Lady Bears (10-9, 2-5 Missouri Valley Conference) to a 79-72 victory over Southern Illinois (4-14, 1-6) Sunday at SIU Arena in Carbondale.
Buer hit a career-high five 3-pointers and shot 7-for-12 from the floor, while Edie’s 18 points and 10 rebounds and Shorter’s 12 points and 10 boards made them the first set of MSU teammates to record double-doubles in a game since Maggie Dwyer and Casey Garrison did it Jan. 27, 2009 at Evansville.
It was a game of runs early as SIU scored the first basket before the Lady Bears ripped off a 12-1 run to lead 12-3 at the first media timeout. Missouri State then went nearly four minutes without a point while the Salukis regained the lead with a 10-0 run that was stopped with Edie’s layup at the 11:03 mark for a 14-13 MSU advantage.
The Lady Bears added just two more points during SIU’s ensuing four-minute scoreless spell before Buer hit 3-pointers on consecutive MSU possessions for a 22-17 lead with 6:14 left in the half. Missouri State got the lead to 10 at 31-21 on Edie’s rebound and putback with 1:34 remaining before the Salukis hit 3-pointers on their final three possessions, all coming in the final 75 seconds of the half, to climb back to 31-30 at intermission.
The Salukis made it four straight treys just 13 seconds into the second period and eventually extended their run to 14-0 over both halves to lead 35-31 with 19 minutes left in the game. The teams exchanged baskets until an Edie layup tied the game at 39-39 with 14:42 remaining, and Buer’s third triple of the game regained the lead for MSU at 44-43 with 13:42 left.
Buer hit another long ball at the 12:09 mark and added a jumper in the lane just more than a minute later for a 51-45 lead, but SIU’s Rishonda Napier answered with 3-pointers 37 seconds apart for a 51-all tie and 10 minutes left.
Missouri State responded with an 8-1 run that included Buer’s fifth trey and two Shorter layups to go ahead 59-52 with 7:47 to play, and a Shorter free throw a minute later had the lead back to eight points at 62-54. Kenzie Williams then added a pair of 3-pointers, each time giving MSU its largest lead of the game, for a 68-56 advantage with 4:12 to play.
SIU put a scare in the Lady Bears as time wound down, cutting the lead to five points with exactly a minute left, but MSU hit six free throws in the final 53 seconds to close out the win.
Tyonna Snow added 11 points to give MSU four players in double figures. Shorter’s 10 rebounds move her past Tiff Terwelp for fifth in school history. Williams had seven steals for the No. 8 single-game total in school history.
MSU shot 38.4 percent for the game compared to 38.8 percent for the Salukis, but made 9-of-21 tries from 3-point land against 7-of-25 for SIU. The Lady Bears held a 53-43 rebounding advantage and dished out 17 assists.
Missouri State begins a four game homestand Friday at 7:05 p.m. against Indiana State (11-7, 3-4) at JQH Arena.
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