Missouri State Lady Bears - MVC Tournament Central
March 7, 2012
The Missouri State Lady Bears (21-7, 14-4 Missouri Valley Conference) begin play at the State Farm MVC Tournament Friday at 12:05 p.m. against either eighth-seeded Bradley (16-14, 7-11) or No. 9 Southern Illinois (8-21, 4-14), who play Thursday afternoon in the tournament's opening round.
Missouri State brings the top seed into the tourney for the first time since 2005 and is 16-4 all-time with five championships in its previous nine trips as the No. 1 seed.
The Lady Bears enter this year's State Farm MVC Tournament with a league-best 35-15 (.700) all-time mark in the event since the initial Gateway Conference meet in 1983. Since 1991, Missouri State has played in 13 of the 21 tournament championship games and is the only school to win the title four straight years (1991-94). Missouri State will be trying for its 10th tourney title, with wins in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006 to its credit.
Missouri State enters the tourney with all-time records of 1-3 in the opening round, 12-5 in the quarterfinals, 13-3 in the semifinals and 9-4 in championship games.