Lady Bears Picked Fifth in MVC Preseason Poll
Christiana Shorter
Christiana Shorter

Oct. 29, 2012

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St. LOUIS -- Following its ninth Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship in 2011-12, Missouri State’s women’s basketball team has been voted to finish fifth in the 2012-13 MVC race by the league’s head coaches, media representatives and sports information directors, it was announced by the league office Monday (Oct. 29). Additionally, senior forward Christiana Shorter was selected to the preseason All-MVC team.

With eight letterwinners and three players returning who started more than half the team’s games during last season’s 24-9 run that resulted in a first-place league finish, Missouri State garnered 265 total points to finish just behind UNI (272 points) in fourth. Missouri State has backed up its previous eight MVC championships with an average finish of 2.13 the next season and four repeats.

Creighton is the preseason favorite with 382 points and 26 first-place votes, while Wichita State came in second with 347 points and a dozen first-place votes. Illinois State received the other two championship votes and 323 points for third.

Shorter has concluded each of the last two seasons with second-team all-MVC accolades following her MVC Freshman of the Year award as a rookie. The Tulsa, Okla., native already has career totals of 1,196 points (17th in MSU history) and 729 rebounds (8th), and could finish among MSU’s career top 10 in as many as 11 categories by season’s end. Shorter was also an MVC all-Defensive Team selection last season after posting a team-best averages of 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest.

Joining Shorter on the preseason All-Valley squad are Preseason Player of the Year choice Carli Tritz of Creighton, Wichita State’s Jessica Diamond, Illinois State’s Jamie Russell and UNI’s Jacqui Kalin, the 2011 MVC Player of the Year who returns from injury for a sixth season of eligibility.

Bradley finished sixth in the polling with 144 points, meaning the 121-point gap between MSU and BU for fifth and sixth is larger than the 117-point margin the separates the Lady Bears from Creighton in first. Indiana State came in seventh with 135 points, followed by Southern Illinois (123), Drake (121) and Evansville (119).

The Lady Bears begin exhibition play Nov. 4 at 2:05 p.m. with Truman State and kick off the regular season by hosting Oklahoma State at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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