Jan. 16, 2013
Drake Game Notes
Creighton Game Notes (Available by 5 p.m. Sunday)
Missouri State Lady Bears (8-7/0-3 MVC) vs.
Drake Bulldogs (5-10/0-4 MVC), 12:05 p.m. Saturday
Creighton Bluejays (12-3/4-0 MVC), 7 p.m. Monday
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
TV: FS Midwest/MVC TV (Creighton only)
Radio: KWTO 98.7 FM (Saturday) -- KTXR 101.3 FM (Monday)
Live Audio: Drake -- Creighton
Live Video: Bears All-Access (Drake only)
Live Stats: Drake -- Creighton
The Missouri State Lady Bears (8-7, 0-3 MVC) take to the JQH Arena floor for the first time in 2013 Saturday at noon when they host Drake (5-10, 0-4) in what will be the latest conference home opener in school history.
After a tough three-game road trip to begin league play, the Lady Bears now have the luxury of playing nine of their final 15 games at home, including six of the next eight.
Lady Bear fans are encouraged to head to University Plaza Hotel following the game for a free fan party.
Up next is a Monday night matchup with league-leading and preseason favorite Creighton. Tip time for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
MSU holds a 37-33 series lead over Drake and has won the last six meetings. The Lady Bears have scored an average of 83.7 points per game in the last seven meetings, and 85.7 in the last three home games with the Bulldogs.
MSU leads Creighton 31-17 in the all-time series, including a 20-3 mark in Springfield. Missouri State swept the Bluejays in the regular season last year before losing to CU in the conference tournament semifinal round.
Drake is 5-10 overall and winless in league play at 0-4. The Bulldogs are led by Webb City native Kyndal Clark, who scores 13.7 points per game.
As a team, Drake scores 64.3 points and allows 67.5 while shooting 38.2 percent overall, 29.4 percent on 3-pointers and 68.7 percent from the foul line.
Creighton is 12-3 overall and 4-0 in MVC play ahead of its Saturday visit to Wichita State in a showdown between the league’s two remaining unbeaten clubs.
The Bluejays have won 10 of their last 11 games, the only loss being in double overtime at Minnesota, and received one 25th-place vote in this week’s AP Poll.
Five different Bluejays score at least 7.7 points in a balanced offensive attack that scores 66.9 points per game and allows 58.8. Creighton shoots 42.4 percent overall, 38.1 percent on 3-pointers and 72 percent from the charity stripe.