Lady Bears Attack Redbirds to Sweep Homestand


Four Missouri State players scored in double figures Sunday in a 75-58 victory over Illinois State at JQH Arena.

Liza Fruendt led all scorers with 18 points. The Lady Bears poured in 10 more points than any previous Illinois State opponent this season.

Trailing 15-11 after the first quarter, the Lady Bears dominated the second frame, outscoring the Redbirds 25-10, taking an 11-point lead into halftime.

The Lady Bears forced 21 turnovers in the game, leading to 23 points. Aubrey Buckley, Brice Calip and Danielle Gitzen joined Fruendt with at least 13 points apiece.

Missouri State (14-10, 10-3 MVC) knocked off two stout defensive squads in a successful weekend homestand against Bradley and ISU.

“They were focused on doing what we needed to do to get two wins,” Head Coach Kellie Harper said. 
“I’m so, so proud of them because this was not an easy weekend, and we walked in and handled it really well.” 

The Lady Bears will go back on the road Friday to play Loyola. MSU dominated the first matchup, 75-36 on Jan. 21.

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