Lady Bears answer Drake surge for MVC win, 80-77

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake women’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit only to see Missouri State rally back for an 80-77 victory between previously winless Missouri Valley Conference squads.

Missouri State’s Bry Snow made a pair of baskets in the final 46 seconds, and Whitney Edie made a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left to help the Lady Bears (9-7, 1-3) finish off their comeback from a 6-point margin.

Drake’s Kyndal Clark had her potential tying 3-pointer blocked at the buzzer by Kenzie Williams, leaving the Bulldogs (5-11, 0-5) as the last winless team in the MVC.

“Anytime you go on someone else’s floor, it’s tough, and this place especially,” said Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk. “The last time Missouri State lost here was the first game of the year to Oklahoma State, who is a top-25 program.

“Credit Missouri State’s players, who stepped up and had some nice performances today.”

Edie missed two free throws with 16 seconds left, but Snow grabbed the offensive rebound on the latter and put it back for a 78-77 lead. Edie, who finished with a team-high 25 points, made her next two free throws after Drake’s Stephanie Running missed a jumper with 7 seconds remaining.

The Lady Bears led by as many as 10 during the second half. Drake later used a 15-1 run to take a 75-69 lead with 3:06 remaining, but Missouri State closed the game on an 11-2 surge.

Clark scored a career-high 26 points and led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds and three steals. Mary Pat Specht, in her second start, had five 3-pointers and a career-best 18 points, and Running added 12 points off the bench.

Edie’s 10 rebounds made for her sixth double-double of the year, while Williams had 14 points and seven assists.

The Lady Bears won the rebounding battle 47-36, got 26 points out of 21 offensive boards, and turned Drake’s 20 turnovers into 21 points.

The Bulldogs are back in action Monday with a road game at Wichita State.