SPRINGFIELD, MO (WFIE) - Finishing its MVC-opening weekend, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team dropped an 88-66 loss to Missouri State on Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.Four Purple Aces finished the contest in double-figures as freshman A’Niah Griffin set a career-high and senior Marley Miller tallied her fourth-straight double-figure game, each recording 12 points. Joining Griffin and Miller in double-digits were senior Kerri Gasper and freshman Makayla Wallace who each score 10 points on the afternoon with Wallace setting a career-high with her performance. Pacing the Bears, Alexa Willard scored a game-high 25 points, going 11-15 from the field, in 24 minutes on the floor.
Beginning the game in rhythm, the Aces took a 4-1 lead less than two minutes into the contest. The Bears answered with an 8-0 run that gave Missouri State a 9-4 lead and force an Evansville timeout. Through the remainder of the opening quarter, Missouri State continued to build its lead, taking a 26-14 advantage after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Bears matched their first period production, scoring 26 points to take a 52-25 lead to the half.An evenly contested third quarter saw Evansville keep pace with the Bears, out-scoring Missouri State, 20-19, in the period. The Aces continued their push back in the fourth quarter, as Evansville earned a 21-17 advantage in the final frame as Missouri State captured the 88-66 win.The Aces are back in action on Friday as Evansville hosts Bradley for a 6:00 p.m. contest inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.