Lady Bears Open Season Ranked 12th in Mid-Major Top 25



Nov. 8, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State women's basketball team appears in the No. 12 spot of the initial Women's Basketball Mid-Major Top 25 poll released this week.

The Lady Bears are the top-ranked Missouri Valley Conference school, with Creighton ranking 20th and Wichita State receiving votes.

Delaware, ranked No. 10 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll, opens the year as the top-ranked team. The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast Conference.

Missouri State concludes the exhibition tonight at 7 p.m. against Southwest Baptist and begins the regular season Nov. 13 at 7:05 p.m. against 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State in JQH Arena. Missouri State will unveil its 2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference championship banner and the Lady Bears will receive their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.

Tickets are available at, the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena or by calling (417) 836-7678 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.



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