Aug. 30, 2012
2012-13 Lady Bear Basketball Schedule
SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri Valley Conference has finalized its 2012-13 women’s basketball schedule, the league announced Thursday (August 30), completing Missouri State’s slate for the upcoming season.
The defending MVC regular-season champions open league play Jan. 3 at Wichita State, the first of three road games to begin the conference slate before closing with nine of the final 15 games at home. In league play, the Lady Bears will have two home dates in January and six in February before closing the regular season March 9 with WSU in JQH Arena. The MVC Tournament is set for March 14-17 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
Missouri State will play nearly two-thirds of its 30 games on the 2012-13 schedule against teams that played in the postseason a year ago. The Lady Bears have a total of 19 games against 14 teams that participated in a postseason tournament in 2011-12.
The MVC sent a record seven teams to the postseason in 2012 including the Lady Bears, making for a league double round-robin that includes 12 games against postseason clubs that won at least 18 games a year ago. The non-conference features the possibility of playing three teams with an RPI of 50 or better and four NCAA Tournament squads with seven of the 12 making the postseason a year ago.
The Lady Bears open the 2012-13 campaign at JQH Arena on Nov. 13 against defending WNIT champion Oklahoma State, and make their second international trip in four months Nov. 20-22 to the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There, MSU plays 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 team Gonzaga, followed by Louisville or Central Florida, and a third-day match-up with Oregon State, UC Santa Barbara, Winthrop or Mississippi State.
Missouri State plays additional non-conference home games against Oral Roberts (Nov. 29), Northern Kentucky (Dec. 1), Arkansas State (Dec. 15) and Coppin State (Dec. 30), and travels to Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 15), Missouri (Dec. 6), Iowa (Dec. 19) and Southeast Missouri State (Dec. 21).
Missouri State’s exhibition schedule includes home games against Truman State (Nov. 4) and Southwest Baptist (Nov. 8).
Missouri State won the MVC regular season title and finished 24-9 overall in 2012, concluding the season in the third round of the WNIT and rated 50th in the RPI.
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