March 12, 2013
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MVC Tournament Central
#8 Missouri State Lady Bears (14-16/6-12 MVC) vs. #9 Drake Bulldogs (10-19/5-13 MVC)
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tip: 4:07 p.m. (Central)
Location: St. Charles, Mo.
Site: The Family Arena (10,000)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: Valley Live
Live Stats: MVC-Sports.com
The Missouri State Lady Bears (14-16, 6-12 MVC) begin play at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Thursday at 4:07 p.m. against ninth-seeded Drake (10-19, 5-13).
The winner advances to Friday's quarterfinal round to take on top-seeded Wichita State at 12:07 p.m.
The Lady Bears and Bulldogs split two regular season meetings this year, with MSU winning 80-77 at JQH Arena and Drake earning a 75-64 victory in Des Moines.
Missouri State faces an uphill climb to the championship, with four wins in four days needed to claim the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth, but not an unprecedented one as four teams in the seven seasons of the current format have advanced to the conference tournament championship game from the first round, including MSU's championship run from the No. 7 seed in 2006.
MSU holds a 38-34 series lead over Drake and has won seven of the last eight meetings. The Lady Bears have scored an average of 81.1 points per game in the last nine meetings.
Missouri State has played Drake more than any team in the conference tournament, going 8-4 against the Bulldogs in postseason play, most recently an 86-77 win in 2011.
Drake is 10-19 overall and 5-13 in MVC play. The Bulldogs are led by Webb City native Kyndal Clark, who scores 14.8 points per game and ranks second in the MVC with 2.5 steals per game.
As a team, Drake scores 65.8 points and allows 69.6 while shooting 40.4 percent overall, 32.5 percent on 3-pointers and 68.4 percent from the foul line.
Earlier This Season
Missouri State defeated Drake 80-77 Jan. 19 in Springfield, overcoming a six-point deficit with three minutes left for the win. Bry Snow scored a pair of go-ahead baskets in the final minute, and Whitney Edie scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs won the second matchup 75-64 on Feb. 16 in Des Moines, jumping out to a 13-0 lead. MSU pulled within one possession six times in the second half but never broke even despite a 60-39 rebounding edge.