April 29, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Fresh off of a 24-win season and their third consecutive postseason appearance, the Missouri State Lady Bears took time to celebrate the 2011-12 campaign with their annual postseason awards ceremony Sunday at University Plaza. Three Lady Bears took home the top team honors, as Karly Buer and Lacey Boshe shared the Lady Bear Prestige Award, while Casey Garrison was named team MVP for the fourth consecutive year.
The Missouri Valley Conference's No. 3 all-time scorer, Garrison led the Lady Bears this season with a 15.7 scoring average to go with 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Missouri State won the MVC regular-season championship in 2012, going 24-9 overall and advancing to the third round of the WNIT.
The 2010 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year and one of six four-time first-team all-MVC selections in league history, Garrison finished her MSU career in the top 10 of 15 career categories, and is the only player to rank in points (2nd - 2,271), rebounds (7th - 791) and assists (3rd - 525). The Bolivar, Mo., native also ranks in the top 13 in MVC history in six categories, and her 118 career games scoring in double figures sits 13th in NCAA history.
Boshe and Buer become the sixth and seventh multiple-time winners of the Lady Bear Prestige Award, which is given to the player exhibiting the most desire, determination and dedication. The duo was tabbed for the honor in a vote of their teammates and coaches. Buer's selection also marks the fifth time an underclassmen has won the award, including the sophomore's selection last season and Lacey Boshe's award in 2010.
Boshe concluded her career by playing in a school-record 131 games while placing among MSU's career leaders in points (794 - 35th), rebounds (410 - 28th), blocks (31 - 20th) and free throws (201 - 24th). The Marshfield native became the Lady Bears' sixth Capitol One Academic All-American in March, earning a second-team nod on the strength of a 4.0 GPA with a double major in Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish. She was also the MVC women's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Buer was inserted into the starting lineup early in the conference season and served as a spark plug as the Lady Bears won in each of her first 11 starts to capture the league title. She closed the MVC season by scoring in double figures in 10 of MSU's final 13 games and averaged 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the conference slate. The Concordia, Kan., native made 30 consecutive free throws from Jan. 27-Feb. 10 for the No. 3 streak at MSU and 11th-longest in MVC history, and her 15 made free throws Feb. 10 versus Wichita State served as the No. 3 single-game total in MSU history.
Additional 2011-12 award winners for Missouri State included junior Christiana Shorter, who made the league's Second Team and all-Defensive Team, and MVC Player of the Week honorees Buer, Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson.
The Lady Bears of fifth-year head coach Nyla Milleson won their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship since 2005 this season, compiling a 24-9 record and advancing to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament for their third consecutive postseason appearance.