Lady Bears look for season sweep against Bradley
The Missouri State Lady Bears return home Thursday (Feb. 14) following their longest road stretch of the season to take on the Bradley Braves in a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Hammons Student Center.
The Lady Bears earned a split of road games with Southern Illinois and Evansville last weekend and enter Thursday’s game tied with UNI for fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference race with a 5-6 league mark. Bradley also went 1-1 last week, defeating Indiana State at home and losing to Illinois State in Normal. The Braves are 3-8 in Valley play and 9-13 overall entering Thursday’s contest.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast locally in Springfield on KTXR 101.3 FM. Live stats for the contest will be available at www.missouristatebears.com.
Last Time Out: The Lady Bears gave the MVC’s hottest team a battle Sunday (Feb. 10), but Evansville buried MSU by connecting on 13-of-23 three-point attempts for an 82-74 victory at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. With the win, UE’s ninth in-a-row, the Purple Aces improved to 15-7 overall and 9-2 in the Valley.
Evansville shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half, including a blazing .636 (7-of-11) from behind the arc, to withstand a strong effort by Missouri State. Just about the only place the Purple Aces weren’t on fire from was the foul line, hitting just 19-of-29 on the day. But UE made up for that by putting the game away down the stretch by going 9-of-10 from the stripe in the final 1:41 to seal the victory.
UE senior guard Courtney Felke sparked a 19-6 scoring burst by burying three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to help the Purple Aces take control of the game for good midway through the second stanza. Felke connected from long range with 12:19 left on the clock, then hit another three on UE’s next trip to turn a two-point Evansville lead into an eight-point advantage. The Purple Aces would also get three-pointers from Rebekah Parker and Robyn Jennings during the run and stretched their lead to as many as 15 points.
Missouri State clawed its way to within five points on Tahnee Balerio’s three-pointer with 1:02 to play, but the Lady Bears would get no closer, as UE’s Ashley Austin went 6-of-6 from the foul line over the final two minutes of play to help wrap up the win.
The Coaches: Nyla Milleson (Kansas State, ’85) is 7-15 in her first season as the head coach at Missouri State and 192-51 overall. The Goodland, Kan., native led Drury University to a 185-36 mark in seven seasons, highlighted by a national runner-up finish in 2003-04. In all, the Lady Panthers made five NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and advanced to the Sweet 16 in four of those years. Milleson was honored as Heartland Conference Coach of the Year four times, as Drury won five conference titles in all.
Milleson is 1-0 against Bradley following the Lady Bears’ 70-55 victory in Peoria on Jan. 19.
Paula Buscher (Missouri State, 86) is in her eighth season at Bradley and her 11th season overall as a collegiate head coach. The Peoria, Ill., native has compiled a 136-165 career record, including a 93-127 mark as head coach of the Braves.
The former Lady Bear guard (1983-85) wrapped up her Missouri State playing career near the top of MSU’s all-time assists, steals and free throw percentage leaderboards before beginning her coaching career under Illinois State head coach Jill Hutchison. Buscher made head coaching stops at Minnesota State-Mankato and Nebraska-Omaha before accepting the Bradley job in 2000.
In 17 games against Missouri State, Buscher’s Braves are 6-11, including a 3-6 mark in Springfield.
Series Record: Missouri State holds a 39-17 overall advantage in the series with Bradley and has claimed victory in 24 of the 30 games played by the two schools in Hammons Student Center.
In their first meeting of the season in Peoria (Jan. 19), the Lady Bears limited Bradley to 29 percent second-half shooting to earn a 70-55 victory. Maggie Dwyer scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, including eight during a 10-2 scoring run midway through the second period that gave the Lady Bears the lead for good. Dwyer and Roxy Stiles accounted for 15 of MSU’s 17 points during a critical run that saw the Lady Bears hold Bradley without a field goal for over six minutes to take control of the game.
Scouting Bradley: Bradley lost the services of leading scorer Monica Rogers in mid-January, and has been relying on a deep rotation to pick up the offensive slack. Senior guard Devyn Flanagan (8.0 ppg./3.6 rpg.) tallied a career-high 25 points against the Lady Bears last year in Springfield and she is one of two returning starters from last season’s 12-19 squad that finished seventh in the conference. Sophomore guard Skye Johnson (9.3 ppg./3.2 apg.) is the only Brave to have started all 22 contests this season. She is shooting .468 from the field and leads the Missouri Valley Conference in steals with 55. On the interior, sophomore Jenny Van Kirk and junior Kelly Krumwiede combine to average over 15 points and nine boards per contest while shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor. Senior guard Rachel Merriman (4.9 ppg./4.0 apg.) is fourth in the conference in assists and averages a team-high 28.2 minutes per game.
As a team, BU averages 63 points per outing and has the MVC’s fourth-best scoring defense (64.5). Led by the trio of Krumwiede, Van Kirk and Johnson, who rank seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively in field goal percentage, the Braves’ .415 team field goal percentage is the third-best mark in the MVC. Bradley leads the Valley in steals (10.5) and ranks second in assists (15.4) per game.
200 in the Valley: The Lady Bears 78-58 win at Southern Illinois (Feb. 8) represented their 200th Missouri Valley Conference regular-season victory. Since joining the MVC in 1992, the Lady Bears have a league-best 200-77 record in conference play and have won at least a share of eight regular-season titles and seven conference tournaments. MSU’s conference win total is 16 victories better than Drake’s 185 wins, which is the second-highest count in the circuit.
Winkfield part of 2008 Hall of Fame Class: Six new members of the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted this weekend, including former Lady Bear Secilia Winkfield, who was an integral part of Missouri State’s extended NCAA tournament run in the early 1990s under coach Cheryl Burnett. A native of the Kansas City area, Winkfield was the eighth player in Lady Bears’ history to record 1,000 career points, and, 15 years later, she remains in 13th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,333 points. Winkfield remains in the Missouri State all-time top 10 in games played (123), field goals (547), attempts (1,119) and is still fourth in assists (455) and third in steals (302). She led the team in rebounding and assists one year each and in steals twice. Winkfield played on teams which reached the NCAA second round in 1991, the NCAA Final Four in 1992 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993. She was a Kodak all-district choice and Kodak All-America honorable mention as a senior, a two-time all-Gateway selection, and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year her final season. She was in the Pan American games in 1991 and was one of nine Missouri State players selected to the MVC all-centennial team in 2007.
Six different sports are represented in the group which will step into the shrine in the 10th year in which Missouri State has honored its men’s and women’s standout participants together. In addition to Winkfield, the 2008 Hall of Fame induction class includes soccer player Jamie Hautzinger Steinmetz (1996-99), men’s tennis coach Jim Klousia (1979-05), baseball player Evan Pratte (1988-91), field hockey player Kathy Schubert Daniels (1977-80), and footballer Adrion Smith (1990-93).
The six new inductees will bring the total membership in the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame to 313. The original Hall of Fame for men’s sports was established in 1975 by director of athletics Aldo Sebben with 179 people enshrined in the first 22 induction classes. Director of women’s athletics Dr. Mary Jo Wynn established in 1981 a shrine to honor participants in women’s sports, and the 18 subsequent induction classes into that hall of fame saw 76 people enshrined. The two previous groups were combined into a single shrine in 1999 and this year’s induction is the 10th for the combined hall.
A Look At The Numbers: Several Lady Bears rank among the Missouri Valley Conference’s statistical leaders through the first 22 games of the season. In addition to Tiff Terwelp being the league’s leading rebounder, Maggie Dwyer and Tahnee Balerio rank fifth and ninth, respectively in scoring. Balerio leads the circuit in assists (5.0 apg.), ranks eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.422), third in minutes played (34.9 per game) and is sixth in scoring (15.1 ppg.) during MVC play. Additionally, Melissa Busby is No. 5 in three-point field goals made (1.95) per game.
Through games of Feb. 10, Terwelp ranked 44th nationally in rebounding, while Balerio’s 4.6 apg. average was the 57th-best mark in the nation.
As a team Missouri State is fifth in the Valley in scoring offense (68.3 ppg.), third in free throw percentage (.751) and total rebounds (39.9) and fourth in steals during MVC play. Overall, MSU is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.333) and second in three-pointers made (6.8) per game, the latter figure good for 27th nationally.
Century Mark for Terwelp, Balerio: Senior Tiff Terwelp played in her 100th career contest for Missouri State at Oral Roberts (Dec. 15). In Sunday’s 82-74 loss at Evansville, the Quincy, Ill., product made the 100th start of her Lady Bear career. Terwelp has started 40 consecutive games for MSU, dating back to January of last year.
Fellow senior Tahnee Balerio also reached the 100-game plateau for her MSU career in the Lady Bears’ Jan. 6 loss at Creighton, becoming the 35th player in MSU history to top the century mark in games played.
Double Trouble: Terwelp notched her fourth-straight point-rebound double-double in Sunday’s loss at Evansville with an 11-point, 11-rebound performance. Over the Lady Bears’ last four games, the 6-2 forward has averaged 11.5 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The Valley’s leading rebounder, Terwelp is averaging a double-double in conference play (11.6 ppg./10.7 rpg.). This marks the second time in Terwelp’s MSU career that she has posted four double-doubles in-a-row. Last season she also accomplished the feat as part of a stretch where she recorded doubles in six of eight contests.
A Lady Bear has finished in double figures in rebounding in 16 of MSU’s last 20 contests. Four different players have posted double-digit rebound games in that span, and three of those have registered point-rebound double-doubles, including Terwelp (vs. Arkansas State, Creighton, Southern Illinois (twice), Bradley, Indiana State, Wichita State and Evansville), Jacque Griggs (vs. UALR) and Maggie Dwyer (vs. Tulsa and Western Kentucky). In all, nine Lady Bears have established new single-game rebounding highs so far in 2007-08.
Climbing the Charts: Balerio topped the 1,100-point mark and moved past Tina Robbins into the No. 15 spot on MSU’s career scoring chart with her 18-point effort at Southern Illinois (Feb. 8). She currently needs 18 more points to catch Tara Mitchem (1,139) for the No. 14 spot. Terwelp also broke into the top 30 when she scored her 731st career point vs. DePaul (Dec. 2) to move past Meg Tierney for the 30th spot. Terwelp surpassed the 800-point mark for her MSU career in the Lady Bears’ win over Southern Illinois (Jan. 12) and moved into a tie with Charitee Longstreth for No. 24 on the list with her 11-point effort at Evansville (Feb. 10).
Balerio moved onto yet another Missouri State career top 10 list with her two free throw attempts at SIU. She enters Thursday’s game with 370 career attempts from the charity stripe. She also continued her ascent up the MSU all-time assist and three-point field goal lists Sunday at Evansville. With her six-assist effort vs. the Purple Aces, Balerio (379) climbed to within seven of Jenni Lingor in the fifth spot. She went 3-of-6 from three-point range to move into seventh on the three-point field gols made chart (126) and reached the No. 5 spot on the three-point field goal attempts chart, eclipsing Sarah Klaassen with her 400th career try.
Balerio Tops 1,000-Point Plateau: Balerio became the 19th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club with her 16-point performance Jan. 12 vs. Southern Illinois, knocking down a pair of free throws with 9:26 left in the game to reach the 1,000 career scoring mark. Sarah Klaassen was the last Lady Bear to accomplish the feat, surpassing the mark in MSU’s win over Drake in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 State Farm MVC Tournament.
More Charting: Terwelp broke into MSU’s career rebounding top 10 with her 14-board effort in MSU’s Jan. 4 loss at Drake. She passed LaTanya Davis (648) for the No. 10 spot on, then climbed all the way to No. 8 with her 17-rebound performance in a 79-73 overtime loss at Creighton (Jan. 6), passing both Sandy Meyer (661) and Karen Rapier (666). With her 14 rebounds at Bradley Jan. 19, Terwelp passed Kelly Mago (696) and Jenni Lingor (699) to become just the sixth Lady Bear to score 800 points and grab 700 rebounds. With her lone block of the game, she also moved into MSU’s top 10 for career blocks, grabbing sole possession of eighth place with her 46th and 47th rejections Jan. 25 vs. Illinois State.
On this Date in Lady Bears History: February 14, 1994 - Missouri State 85, Bradley 64 - Melody Howard recorded her third career 30-point game and Tina Robbins posted a double-double with an 11-point, 12-assist effort to lead the Lady Bears past Bradley. MSU forced 16 turnovers and shot .580 (18-of-31) from the field in the first half to build a 46-25 lead at the break, and a 9-3 Missouri State burst to open the second period put the game away. Howard’s five treys gave her 69 for the season and broke her own year-old school record of 67 three-point field goals in a single season.
Five Spot: The Lady Bears’ loss at Wichita State Feb. 2 represented their fifth consecutive setback in the series with the Shockers. The streak is an all-time high for Wichita State versus MSU, which still owns a 41-20 edge in the series with WSU. Prior to sweeping the Lady Bears in 2005-06 to start the win streak, the Shockers had not beaten MSU in back-to-back games since 1998. Wichita State had never won more than three games in-a-row in the series before sweeping the Lady Bears last season to pick up its third and fourth straight wins.
Streak’s Over: MSU’s 78-55 win over UNI on Jan. 17 put the brakes on a school-record 15-game road losing streak that included nine road losses in-a-row in regular season conference play, dating back to January of last season. The Lady Bears’ four-game MVC win streak was their first during regular-season conference play since the 2004-05 season. Also, MSU’s two-game road win streak was its first in conference play since winning at Creighton and Drake in February 2005.
Getting Offensive: Missouri State scored 70 points or more in five straight contests, beginning with its overtime loss at Creighton (Jan. 6). The last time the Lady Bears accomplished that feat was during a seven-game win streak in January 2005. Over its four-game win streak (Jan. 8-19), the Lady Bears shot just under 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range and averaged 75.2 points per contest. MSU outscored its opponents from the foul line by a 57-25 margin, connecting on 79.2 percent of their attempts in the second half.
On the Record: Illinois State’s Maggie Krick added another update to the Missouri State record book (Jan. 25), tying the single-game record for three-point field goals made by a Lady Bear opponent with seven triples. She matched the mark shared by Texas’s Danielle Viglione (3/16/96) and Canisius’s Amanda Cavo, who equaled the mark just over one month ago in MSU’s 97-89 win over the Griffins in Springfield.
In the Crunch: The Lady Bears’ came away with victories over Evansville (1/10) and Southern Illinois (1/12) thanks in large part to big second-half efforts in each contest. As a team Missouri State shot just under 52 percent from the floor (27-of-52) in the combined second periods of the two games to outscore the Purple Aces and Salukis by a +12.5 margin. MSU also came through with solid defensive efforts in each game, holding its two opponents to identical 8-of-29 (.276) shooting performances from three-point range that included a combined second-half showing of 7-of-30 (.233) from beyond the arc.
Dwyer Honored Again: After leading the Missouri State Lady Bears to back-to-back road victories over UNI and Bradley, junior forward Maggie Dwyer has earned her second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honor and her fourth overall in 2007-08, the league office announced Jan. 21.
A 6-1 forward from Grand Haven, Mich., Dwyer played a pivotal role in Missouri State wins over UNI and Bradley, converting 69 percent of her second-half field goal attempts and shooting .538 from the field in all, while averaging 16.5 points to help the Lady Bears pick up their first two road victories of the season. Against UNI on Jan. 17, the Grand Haven, Mich., native went 4-of-4 from the floor in the second half and totaled 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in a 78-55 MSU win that snapped a 15-game road losing streak.
With the score knotted at 42-42 Jan. 19 at Bradley, Dwyer scored eight of the next 10 MSU points to help spark a 28-10 scoring run that ultimately netted the Lady Bears’ fourth win in-a-row. She scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, grabbed two boards and handed out a pair of assists in the 70-55 victory.
Dwyer, who was also tabbed for the same honor on Dec. 10, Dec. 26 and Jan. 14, became the first Lady Bear to earn four weekly awards in a single season since Jackie Stiles was named MVC Player of the Week a conference-record seven times in 2000-01.
Windex Woman: Tiff Terwelp has been the Lady Bears top rebounder in each of the past two seasons, and currently leads the Valley in rebounding with an average of 9.1 boards per game. Over the first 11 games of the conference season, Terwelp has recorded eight double-figure rebound games and averaged a point-rebound double-double (11.6 ppg./10.7 rpg.).
Earlier this season, Terwelp cleaned the glass to the tune of 18 rebounds in the loss at ASU. That effort matched single-game performances by Lynn Strubberg (1/28/83 at Northwest Missouri St.) and Roshonda Reed (1/16/99 at Indiana St.) for the third-highest rebound total in MSU history. Terwelp’s previous career-high of 16 boards came in a 70-51 loss at Tulsa in December 2006.
The Quincy, Ill., product nearly equaled that effort at Creighton (Jan. 6) when she pulled down 17 rebounds.
Holding Aces: Missouri State’s first Missouri Valley Conference win of the season, a 76-65 victory over Evansville on Jan. 10, snapped a streak of five straight losses in MVC regular-season play and six in a row against Valley opponents, including last season’s loss to Bradley in the State Farm MVC Tournament.
The victory over the Purple Aces gave head coach Nyla Milleson her first career MVC win and was the Lady Bears’ first victory in an MVC home opener since defeating Evansville (1/6/05) at the start of the 2004-05 conference season. It also prevented the third straight 0-3 start to an MVC season for Missouri State.
Instant O: After averaging just 57.8 points per game in their first eight contests of the season, the Lady Bears scored 176 points combined against Oral Roberts (Dec. 15) and Canisius (Dec. 21). That figure represents the best two-game scoring total for MSU since December 2004, when the Lady Bears knocked off Saint Louis (86-56) and Eastern Kentucky (91-81) in succession. Additionally, MSU’s 97 points vs. Canisius represented the highest point total by a Lady Bear club since a 107-53 win over Evansville on March 8, 2003.
Preseason Picks: Missouri State was picked to finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll of coaches, media and sports information directors. The Lady Bears received 136 points, while preseason favorite Drake received 24 of 40 first-place votes and 348 total points
Valley Openers: With their loss at Drake on Jan. 4, the Lady Bears are now 11-5 in Missouri Valley Conference openers and 18-7 overall in conference openers since formal competition began in the Gateway in 1983. The defeat was MSU’s largest loss in MVC regular-season play since an 84-47 setback at Creighton six years ago (1/6/02).With its Jan. 6 overtime loss at Creighton, MSU started conference play 0-2 for the third consecutive season.
Balerio Back in Gear: Tahnee Balerio was a driving force in the Lady Bears’ offensive in their last three non-conference games. After totaling just 14 assists in MSU’s first eight games, the Buhler, Kan., native registered a career-high 12 against Oral Roberts, then handed out 10 in both the win over Canisius and an 82-64 loss at Western Kentucky (Dec. 29). Balerio also tallied 17 points in the victory over Canisius, matching her best scoring effort since a 20-point performance in the Lady Bears’ season-opener at Texas (Nov. 11).
Busby Makes Her Mark: Sophomore guard Melissa Busby has made the most of her return to the Missouri State starting lineup, totaling 68 points in the Lady Bears’ last three non-conference contests.
In her first start of the season Busby connected on 6-of-11 three-point tries and led the Lady Bears with a career-high 24 points in a 96-79 loss at Oral Roberts (Dec. 15). She followed that up with another strong offensive showing in the Lady Bears’ win over Canisius (Dec. 21). Busby knocked down six three-pointers in the first half and finished with 23 points for the game on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. She matched that shooting performance with a 7-of-11 effort against Western Kentucky. The Edmond, Okla., native hit six treys in the second half versus the Lady Toppers to finish with 21 points, her third 20+ point performance in a row.
Mags to Riches: Junior forward Maggie Dwyer found her shooting stroke over the Lady Bears’ last six non-conference contests. While averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game over that stretch, Dwyer shot .430 from the field, including .429 from three-point range after connecting on just 28.6 percent of her field-goal attempts in Missouri State’s first five games of the season. She averaged team highs of 32.0 minutes and 6.8 boards per contest in the Lady Bears final six games leading up to the conference season.
For the History Books: The Lady Bears’ 96-79 loss at Oral Roberts (Dec. 15) will be remembered for several significant individual performances that left their mark on the Missouri State record book. Melissa Busby’s six treys matched seven other performances by a Lady Bear for the 10th-most three-point field goals made in a single game. Melody Howard (twice), Tina Robbins (12/5/93 at Iowa), Jackie Stiles (twice) and Kari Koch (twice) also buried six triples in a game for MSU.
Balerio’s seven steals marked a new career high for the senior point guard and equaled the single-game efforts of 13 other Lady Bears for the seventh-best all-time performance in school history. Additionally, Balerio’s 12 assists matched her career best in that category (2/23/06 vs. Creighton) and ranks as the No. 10 single-game total, along with 11 other such performances by MSU players.
Adams Arrives: The Lady Bears received a boost with the addition of Jamie Adams, a two-year MSU volleyball starter who began practicing with the Lady Bears the week of Dec. 10. Adams scored four points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and recorded two blocks in her Lady Bear debut vs. Oral Roberts (Dec. 15).
Adams, who will have two years of basketball eligibility, earned second-team All-MVC honors in 2006 and 2007 and helped the volleyball Bears to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Welcome Wagon: Milleson and her staff have received four commitments to join the Lady Bears in 2008 during the November early signing period. Local products Lacey Boshe (Marshfield, Mo.) and Casey Garrison (Bolivar, Mo.) will be joined by a pair of Texas prep standouts, Jasmine Malone (San Antonio) and Regan Soldner (Southlake) in the class of 2008.
For Openers: With their 92-55 loss at #22 Texas, the Lady Bears are now 20-19 all-time in season openers and have dropped their last four contests on opening night. The 37-point setback is the largest margin of defeat in a MSU season opener since the Lady Bears lost a 43-point decision (94-51) at Arkansas to start the 1985-86 season. It is also MSU’s worst loss since Jan. 6, 2002, when it fell by an 84-47 score at Creighton.
This season marks the fifth year in a row Missouri State has played its first game away from Hammons Student Center. Last year, MSU lost to Iowa, 79-70, in its season opener after dropping the first game of 2005-06 at Arkansas State and its 2004-05 opener at Richmond.
MSU vs. Ranked Opponents: With its 80-48 loss at #17 DePaul on Dec. 2, Missouri State dropped to 0-2 vs. ranked opponents on the season. The Lady Bears are now 19-36 all-time versus ranked opponents and have lost 10 straight against top 25 teams.
Missouri State’s last win over a ranked foe came against Gail Goestenkors’ fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils in the 2001 NCAA West Regional semifinal (3/24/01).
MSU’s season opener at #22 Texas was the Lady Bears’ first opener versus a ranked opponent since the 2000-01 season when they defeated #10 LSU, 85-75. MSU is 2-2 all-time versus ranked teams in season openers.
Missouri State Postseason Run: One or both of the MSU basketball teams have made postseason appearances in each of the last 22 years.
With last year’s 7-21 finish, the Lady Bears missed the postseason for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The MSU women have seen postseason action in nine of the past 10 years and in 15 out of the last 17 seasons, dating back to the 1990-91 campaign.
Lady Bear Captains: Senior Tahnee Balerio, senior Tiff Terwelp and junior Tiffany Coppage will serve as tri-captains for the 2007-08 season. This marks the second year in a row Balerio and Terwelp have been selected Lady Bear captains.
If You Build It They Will Come: The Lady Bears are playing their 32nd and final season in Hammons Student Center in 2007-08. Missouri State broke ground on the $67 million JQH Arena on Dec. 21, 2006 in the east parking lot adjacent to Hammons. The new 11,000-seat arena is slated for completion in time for the start of the 2008-09 basketball season. Last year the Lady Bears drew 81,349 fans, or an average of 5,424 per contest, good for 18th in the nation. Missouri State has ranked in the top 20 nationally in average attendance in each of the last 17 seasons, including 1992-93 when the Lady Bears led all of Division I in that category.
Home Sweet Hammons: The Lady Bears are 323-107 (.751) at home since HSC opened in 1976-77. MSU has had 24 winning seasons, four losing campaigns and three seasons at .500 at HSC. The Lady Bears have gone undefeated at HSC six times (1989-90, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2003-04). From Dec. 18, 1990 to Dec. 27, 1992 the Lady Bears won 30 consecutive games at Hammons Student Center. MSU also had a 24-game winning streak dating from Feb. 15, 2003 before falling at home to #1 LSU in December of 2004. Over the last 18 seasons, Missouri State has averaged more than 13 wins per season and fewer than three losses in that same time. Missouri State has ranked in the top 15 nationally in attendance for 15 of the last 17 seasons and has been in the top 10 in 11 of those years.
Missouri State All-Time: Missouri State is in its 39th season of women’s collegiate basketball and has an all-time record of 660-451 (.595) for a total of 1,111 games. MSU began formal competition in 1969 and has now posted 26 winning seasons and made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Lady Bears advanced to the Final Four in 1992 and 2001 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1993.