Teams will face off Dec. 30 inside the Sprint Center
Aug. 8, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State's series with in-state rival Missouri will continue at a new venue this season as the Lady Bears and Tigers square off inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Dec. 30. The event is part of a doubleheader that also features the Missouri men playing Oklahoma State that evening, with a start time for the men's game to be announced at a later date by the Southeastern Conference and ESPN. The women's game will begin four hours prior to the men's contest.
The game marks the third consecutive season the two teams have played after an eight-year layoff. Mizzou won in Columbia in 2012 while the Lady Bears grabbed a 67-53 victory at JQH Arena last season.
"I believe the Missouri versus Missouri State match-up is a positive game on our schedule," Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper said. "Our fans get excited about the in-state rivalry. We know that it is a competitive and challenging game, and playing in Kansas City gives us an opportunity to play in front of a new audience."
Tickets for the general public go on sale on August 18 and must be purchased through the Sprint Center Box Office. Pricing for the women's game is set at $10 for adults and $5 for youths, and a separate ticket will be issued for both games. Tickets may purchased online at SprintCenter.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at the box office located at the intersection of 14th Street and Grand Boulevard.
Harper's Lady Bears completed her first season with a 14-17 record, including an 11-4 mark in the 15 games from Dec. 15-Feb. 7. The team returns seven letterwinners from that squad, led by all-MVC guards Tyonna Snow and Kenzie Williams. Missouri State's incoming freshman class for 2014-15 includes four all-state selections in Aubrey Buckley (6-1, F, Springfield, Mo., Parkview High), Liza Fruendt (5-9, G, Batavia, Ill., Batavia High), Audrey Holt (6-1, F, Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge High) and Lee Ann Polowy (5-7, G, Jefferson City, Mo., Blair Oaks High).
Missouri State is expected to finalize the remainder of its non-conference schedule in the coming weeks.