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Basketball Analyst Debbie Antonelli to Headline ?Classic Evening?



WNBA and women’s college basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli will be the featured guest speaker at the 12th annual “Jane A. Meyer Classic Evening with the Lady Bears,” to be held Thursday, October 9, at University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. The 2008 “Classic Evening” will feature a reception and banquet dinner, giving fans the opportunity to share an evening with Antonelli and the 2008-09 Missouri State Lady Bears.

Antonelli is one of the nation’s most esteemed analysts when it comes to women’s basketball. Now in her fifth season as television analyst for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, Antonelli also fills the role of lead TV analyst for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big XII Conference, Southeastern Conference and CSTV’s coverage of women’s basketball. The Women’s College Basketball Association’s 2007 Mel Greenberg Media Award winner, Antonelli has worked first- and second-round games of the women’s NCAA Tournament for ESPN, while serving as the radio analyst for the national syndication of the CBS/NCAA Radio Network for the past 10 NCAA Women’s Final Fours. She also worked as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports during the 2000 Men’s NCAA Tournament, and for the past six years, has been a part of CBS’s women’s basketball tripleheader coverage each January.

Antonelli has also covered WNBA games for three seasons on the Oxygen Network and spent four seasons as a broadcaster with the Charlotte Sting prior to joining the Fever’s broadcast team.

“We’re thrilled to have Debbie come and be a part of Classic Evening,” says Missouri State head coach Nyla Milleson, “and I know she’s equally excited about being here. She has a great deal of respect for our program and the Missouri Valley Conference as a whole. We’re really looking forward to what should be a great evening.”

This year’s “Classic Evening” will once again include a reception and banquet dinner. Tickets for the pre-dinner reception, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., can be purchased in combination with a dinner ticket for $75. The cost of a dinner-only ticket for the event is $35, while a reserved table for 10 that also includes two reception tickets can be purchased for $400. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the dinner to begin at 7 p.m.

Previous “Classic Evening” speakers have included North Carolina men’s coach Roy Williams (1997), Tennessee coach Pat Summit (1998), ESPN’s Robin Roberts (1999), former U.S. Olympic and current Auburn coach Nell Fortner (2000), LSU coach Van Chancellor (2001), ESPN analyst Vera Jones (2002), two-time Olympian and current Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell Serio (2003), Lady Bear legend Jackie Stiles (2004), Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie (2005), former Auburn coach Joe Ciampi (2006) and former Texas coach Jody Conradt (2007).

Fans interested in reserving tickets for this year’s “Classic Evening” may contact may contact Barbara Scott in the Missouri State women’s basketball office at (417) 836-4136.



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