March 7, 2013
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Missouri State Lady Bears (14-15/6-11 MVC) vs. Wichita State Shockers (20-9/14-3 MVC)
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tip: 2:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: Bears All-Access
Live Stats: MissouriStateBears.com
The Missouri State Lady Bears (14-15, 6-11 MVC) close the regular season Saturday at 2:05 p.m. when they host league-leading Wichita State (20-9, 14-3) at JQH Arena.
Saturday’s game is being billed as a “Maroon Out” with $2 tickets available in the upper level, and it will also be the final home game for seniors Christiana Shorter, Aly Stock and Whitney Edie, who have helped the Lady Bears to 84 wins the last four seasons and combined for 2,310 points, 1,509 rebounds and 200 blocked shots during their careers.
The Lady Bears will be scoreboard watching Thursday as the weekend’s first set of games take place in hopes of capturing the sixth seed and avoiding the play-in round of MVC Tournament. Missouri State needs to defeat Wichita State, have Bradley lose at home to Indiana State and Illinois State, and have Evansville lose at Drake and Creighton to capture the No. 6 seed. If that scenario does not happen, the Lady Bears can finish seventh and set up a date with Southern Illinois in the 7/10 game, and can also fall to the 8/9 matchup.
Missouri State leads the all-time series 45-28, including a 29-9 mark in Springfield. The Lady Bears won 85-67 at JQH Arena last season.
Scouting Wichita State
Wichita State is 20-9 overall and 14-3 in MVC games, entering the final weekend one-half game ahead of Creighton for the league lead.
All-conference senior guard Jessica Diamond leads the team with 12.0 points per game and is joined by Alex Harden (10.7) in double figures.
The Shockers lead the MVC in scoring defense at 53.4 points per game while scoring 60.1 points themselves on 42.8 percent shooting overall.
First Meeting This Season
Wichita State grabbed a 76-64 victory way back on Jan. 3 in the MVC opener. Missouri State shot 46.8 percent for the game but committed 22 turnovers, and was unable to climb out of a 21-8 hole early in the game.