Lady Bears Tip Off Exhibition Season Thursday With Arkansas-Fort Smith
Senior guard Karly Buer
Senior guard Karly Buer

Oct. 29, 2013

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-- The Missouri State women's basketball team will make its 2013-14 debut Thursday (Oct. 31) at 7:05 p.m. against Arkansas-Fort Smith in the first of two exhibition contests scheduled this season at JQH Arena. The Lady Bears also host Maryville on Nov. 4 at 7:05 p.m. in their final tune-up before regular-season play begins Nov. 11 at Arkansas State.

Arkansas-Fort Smith is picked to finish sixth in the Division II Heartland Conference this season and is led by 28th-year head coach Louis Whorton. The Lady Lions return four starters from a very young roster that includes seven sophomores, seven freshmen and one senior. UAFS went 7-19 last season and 3-9 in league play.

Maryville is the defending Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division champion and is picked to finish second in the GLVC West in 2013-14. The Saints went 19-10 overall last season and lost by a 67-60 score to Southern Illinois in their exhibition opener.

The Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll and all-conference teams will be announced at the league's media day in Chicago on Oct. 30. The Lady Bears return nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's club.

Tickets for both exhibition games - as well as all regular-season games - are available on-line at, or during regular box office hours by phone at (417) 836-7678 or at the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.



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