Jan. 8, 2014
Bradley Game Notes
Loyola Game Notes (Available by 5 p.m. Saturday)
Missouri State Lady Bears (5-7/0-1 MVC) at
Bradley Braves (4-9/1-1 MVC), 7 p.m. Friday
Loyola Ramblers (5-9/1-1 MVC), 2 p.m. Sunday
Locations: Peoria, Ill. | Chicago, Ill.
Sites: Renaissance Coliseum (4,200) | Gentile Arena (4,486)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Stats: Bradley | Loyola
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The Missouri State Lady Bears (5-7, 0-1 MVC) head to Illinois this weekend for their first Missouri Valley road trip of the season, beginning with Bradley (4-9, 1-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.
A high-scoring game is expected Friday as the last four regular-season meetings between the Lady Bears and Braves have resulted in the winning team scoring at least 79 points and an average combined score of 160.
The Lady Bears visit league newcomer Loyola (5-9, 1-1) for the first time in three decades on Sunday at 2 p.m. That game will feature two head coaches that won national championship as players, with MSU's Kellie Harper helping Tennessee to titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998, while Loyola's Sheryl Swoopes led Texas Tech to the crown in 1993.
Missouri State is 45-23 all-time against Bradley, including a 17-13 mark in Peoria. The teams have split the last 12 meetings, including Bradley's buzzer-beating 3-pointer for an 80-79 victory in Peoria last season.
Missouri State is 0-2 all-time against Loyola with both meetings coming in Chicago. The Ramblers won 76-54 on Feb. 27, 1983, and defeated MSU by a 95-76 score on Dec. 31, 1984.
Bradley is 4-9 overall and 1-1 in MVC play after beating Evansville and losing at SIU in the first weekend of league games.
The Braves lead the conference in scoring at 74.5 points per game and also allow a league-high 88.2 per outing.
Michelle Young ranks second in the MVC at 17.7 points per game and paces four Braves that average double figures.
As a team, the Braves shoot 41.2 percent overall, 28.7 percent on 3-pointers and 74.8 percent from the foul line.
Loyola is 5-9 overall and 1-1 in MVC play after beating SIU and losing at Evansville in the first weekend of league games.
The Ramblers are led by Troy Hambric with 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Ayrealle Beavers leads the MVC with 6.1 assists per game.
As a team, Loyola scores 63.0 points and allows 73.9 while shooting 38.1 percent overall, 30 percent from 3-point land and 68.9 percent from the charity stripe.