SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Sydney Wilson scored a career-high 21 points and No. 21 Missouri State beat Lincoln (Mo.) 100-38 on Monday night in the Lady Bears’ home opener.
Missouri State scored the opening 24 points of the game — with scoring from eight different players. Ashtin Ingram stopped the run at the 5:12 mark of the first quarter with a 3-pointer.
Wilson scored 16 points in the first half and Lincoln totaled 12. Missouri State’s defense set JQH Arena records for fewest points allowed in a half and lowest field-goal percentage (9.6%).
Abigayle Jackson and Sydney Manning each added 12 points for Missouri State (3-1), which entered the season ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2000.
MSU returned four starters and 10 players, with 75% of scoring, 87% of rebounds and 89% of assists, from a team that set a school record for regular-season victories (26) last season. The Lady Bears also went 15-0 at home last season — one of 10 Division I teams to do so.
Joseline Ramos scored nine points for Lincoln, which counted it as an exhibition. The Blue Tigers were picked to finish 14th in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association this season.
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