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No. 21 Missouri State women ease past William Jewell 111-39

December 31, 2019 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Shameka Ealy scored 16 points to lead six Missouri State players in double figures and the 21st-ranked Lady Bears beat William Jewell 111-39 on Tuesday.

Missouri State (10-2), which is off to its best start since the 2003-04 team opened 20-1, set a school record with 15 blocked shots.

Alexa Willard added 14 points, Elle Ruffridge scored 11, and Sydney Manning, Sydney Wilson and Trinity Knapp each had 10 points for Missouri State. The Lady Bears have shot 40% or better and scored at least 68 points in 11 of 12 games this season.

Missouri State led 47-21 at halftime after holding the Cardinals to 1-of-14 shooting in the second quarter. The Lady Bears started the third quarter on a 16-4 run to extend it to 63-25. Ruffridge beat the third-quarter buzzer with an open 3-pointer from the wing to give Missouri State a 77-33 lead.

Lea Finn scored 11 points for William Jewell, and Ainsley Tolson added 10.

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