Missouri State student-athletes Tyonna Snow, NiJay Gaines, Kenzie Williams and head coach Kellie Harper address the media following the Lady Bears' Missouri Valley Conference Championship loss to Wichita State on Sunday, March 15, at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
Missouri State's Kenzie Williams, Hillary Chvatal and Tyonna Snow talk to the media following the women's basketball team's victory over conference-foe Southern Illinois on Friday, Jan. 23, at JQH Arena
Missouri State women's basketball student-athletes Kenzie Williams, NiJay Gaines and Tyonna Snow speak to the media following the Lady Bears' defeat to Wichita State at JQH Arena on Jan. 9.
Honors: MVC Jackie Stiles Player of the Year (2016)...MVC Defensive Player of the Year (2016)...MVC Tournament MVP (2016)...First-Team all-MVC (2016)...All-MVC Honorable Mention (2014, 2015)...MVC All-Defensive Team (2014, 2015, 2016)...Missouri State University Athletics Sophomore of the Year (2014)...MVC all-Tournament Team (2015)...MVC Player of the Week (March 2, 2015; Dec. 7, 2015; Jan. 4, 2016; Feb. 15, 2016)...MVC All-Freshman Team (2013)...MVC Freshman of the Week (Feb. 25, 2013).
Senior/Career Summary: Became the third player to earn MVC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season ... MVC Tournament MVP ... Only Division I player to average at least 16 points, six rebounds and three steals ... Set MSU records for steals in a season (109) and career (352) ... Finished career as the Division I active leader in career steals ... Her 570 points as a senior ranked 12th in MSU history, 168 free throws ranked fifth, and 241 free throw attempts ranked third ... Had 92 career games with multiple steals, 45 with four steals, and six games with seven-plus thefts ... Owns the top two free throw games in MSU history in both makes and attempts. Her 21-for-29 game on Feb. 12, 2016 vs. Loyola tied the MVC record for attempts and ranked second in makes. Both were NCAA single-game highs for 2015-16, and the 29 attempts is two shy of the NCAA record ... Had 41 points and 12 rebounds against Loyola for the only 40/10 game in school history ... One of three players in MSU history - along with Casey Garrison and Kenzie Williams - with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 steals, 200 assists and 50 blocks in a career ... Finished career ranked first in MSU history (and 4th in MVC) in steals (352), second (third in MVC) in free throw attempts (763), third (eighth in MVC) in free throw makes (495), eighth in field goal attempts (1,318), seventh in blocked shots (72), ninth in points scored (1,611), 16th in rebounds (622) and 18th in assists (265) ... Scored at least 10 points in the final 22 games of her career. 2014-15: Finished the season as MSU’s No. 2 scorer at 14.6 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.4 assists...Repeat selection to the MVC’s honorable mention and all-defensive teams...Ranked 11th nationally in steals per game, ending her junior season ranked second among active players with a 2.83 career average and fifth among non-seniors with 243 total thefts...Became the 25th member of MSU’s 1,000-point club during the MVC Tournament championship game, earning all-tourney honors at the event...Concluded the season ranked fifth in MSU history in career steals (243), fifth in free throw attempts (522), 10th in free throw makes (327), 20th in field goal attempts (882), 23rd in blocked shots (32) and 24th in points scored (1,041)...Shot 42 percent overall, 32 percent on 3-pointers and 71 percent from the charity stripe...Led the team in steals 18 times in 25 games, grabbing multiple thefts in 21 contests...Had at least four steals in 11 games, with a high of six on three occasions...Earned MVC Player of the Week honors on March 2 after averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.0 assists in wins over UNI and Drake...Scored in double figures 22 times, including 13 straight games to close the season...Matched a career high with 29 points in the WNIT against Tulsa (March 20), shooting 10-for-17 from the floor...Had 26 points against Indiana State in the MVC Tournament (March 13) with a 12-for-15 showing at the foul line, and 25 against UNI (Feb. 27) while making 11 field goals...Hit at least five free throws in 10 games...Her 79 steals turned directly into 101 points for the Lady Bears...Had a season-high eight rebounds against Indiana State (Jan. 4), and grabbed at least five boards in 12 games...Missed the season’s first eight games due to injury.
2013-14: Started all 31 games for the Lady Bears and earned honorable mention all-league and all-defensive honors from the MVC...Led the conference and ranked fifth nationally with 3.0 steals per game, with her 93 total steals ranking fifth on the MSU single-season list...Ranked second on the team and 11th in the MVC with her 13.3 scoring average, adding 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists as well...Became the third player in school history with more than 200 free throw attempts in a season, ending the year with 212...Grabbed seven steals on Dec. 5 at Eastern Kentucky and six versus Lamar (Dec. 15) and Missouri (Dec. 19) to become the only player in MSU history with at least 19 steals over any three-game span...Had multiple steals in 25 games, logged at least four thefts in 10 contests, and led MSU in steals 26 times...Scored in double figures 22 times while leading the Lady Bears in scoring on 12 occasions...Had a trio of 20-point games, scoring 26 against Illinois State (Feb. 23), 21 at North Texas (Dec. 29) and 20 at Drake (Feb. 16)...Swiped seven steals in just 17 minutes against Evansville (Jan. 31), matching the No. 8 single-game total at MSU...Hit 13 free throws on Dec. 29 at North Texas, the 10th-most in a game at Missouri State...Had season highs of 11 rebounds and seven assists Dec. 15 against Lamar...Made at least five field goals in 14 games and shot 37.6 percent for the year...Went 8-for-9 from the floor and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals against Drake (Jan. 18)...Tallied 17 points on Feb. 9 versus Bradley to combine with sister Bry’s 29-point effort for the most points scored by sisters in a game at MSU...Grabbed 54 offensive rebounds and blocked eight shots on the year while leading the club with 139 field goal and 125 free throw makes.
2012-13: One of the MVC’s top freshmen, Snow led the Lady Bears and ranked fifth in the league with 71 steals to go with averages of 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game...Improved those numbers to 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in league contests, adding 6.8 free throw attempts per game as well...Debuted in spectacular fashion Nov. 13 versus No. 22 Oklahoma State, swiping eight steals for the No. 4 single-game total in MSU history...Also scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting against the Cowgirls...Had seven steals Feb. 21 against Southern Illinois for the No. 8 game in school history...Set school record for free throws made (18) and attempted (26) against SIU in that same game, ranking third and second in MVC history, respectively, finishing with 29 points to earn MVC Freshman of the Week honors...Her 264 points ranked 14th all-time among MSU freshmen...Led the Lady Bears in free throws made and attempted...Scored 10 or more points in 10 games...Went 11-for-16 from the foul line and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds against UNI (Feb. 10)... Joined sister Bry in the starting lineup Jan. 25 at Evansville to become the first sisters to start a game at MSU since Melody and Julie Howard in 1994...Attempted at least five free throws in 13 games...Had multiple steals in 19 games and at least four thefts in seven contests...Played 645 minutes over the course of 30 games with seven starts...Ranked 12th in the MVC with 58 offensive rebounds, helping the Lady Bears set a school record in that category.
Background: All-around player with a knack for defense at Blue Springs High outside Kansas City...Three-time all-state and all-conference selection and four-time team defensive player of the year...Aided the Wildcats to an 84-9 record her final three seasons, becoming the first girls basketball player in Kansas City history to make the state championship game four consecutive seasons, each resulting in a runner-up finish...Earned numerous awards as a senior, including player of the year honors from the Kansas City Sports Commission, Kansas City Star and The Examiner...Scored 16.1 points with 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.1 assists that season after tallying 14 points and six boards as a junior...One of the top guards in the nation according to ESPN’s Hoopgurlz.com...Ran track for the first time as a senior, earning all-state recognition in the long jump, 200-meter dash, and 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays.
Personal: Tyonna Snow is the daughter of Tyra Snow and Percy Snow...Born in Independence, Mo...Has one sister, Bry, who played for the Lady Bears from 2012-14...Father was an All-American linebacker at Michigan State and a first-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990...Mother ran track at Michigan State...Uncle, Eric Snow, played 13 seasons in the NBA...Pursuing a Sport Administration degree...Turned 22 in August.