Jessi Pope set the tone on the backline in a 4-1 win over Saint Louis and spoke to Bears All-Access about the effort
Awards/Honors 2015: NFHCA Scholar of Distinction ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ...Academic All-MAC Team ... MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2014: NFHCA Scholar of Distinction ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-MAC Team ...Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Fall) 2013: NFHCA Scholar of Distinction ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2012: NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll
2015 Season (Senior) Played and started in all 18 of the Bears’ games during the season … Set career highs in goals (1), assists (3), points (5) and shots (2) as a senior … Scored first-career goal in Aug. 30 matchup versus Appalachian State … Also notched an assist in Missouri State’s first victory of the year at Davidson (Sept. 3) and in a 5-4 overtime win over Saint Louis (Sept. 17) … Served as trigger person for majority of MSU corner opportunities during the season … Earned first defensive save of year against nationally-ranked Wake Forest (Sept. 6) … Not given a caution throughout entire duration of season … Part of six-win team that made first MAC Tournament appearance since 2011.
2014 Season (Junior) Consistent presence on defense that played and started in each of the Bears' 18 games ... Averaged 60.9 minuters per game of playing time (fifth highest on team) ... Totaled over 1,000 minutes played during season ... Drew only one green card on the back-line for the Bears ... Earned her lone point of 2014 with an assist on MSU's first goal of the season on Sept. 1 at Villanova ... Took 31 corner opportunities, second most on the team ... Made a defensive save in the first game of the season at Monmouth on Aug. 29
2013 Season (Sophomore) Started four times for the Bears as a sophomore ... Appeared in 14 contests overall.
2012 Season (Freshman) Appeared in 15 games and recorded eight starts for the Bears during her freshman season.
Background Pope started four years for Brooke Point High School as a defender and midfielder ... As a senior, helped lead the Blackhawks to an 11-7 record en route to a fourth-place conference finish ... Also lettered for two years in tennis.
Personal Jessi Lynn Pope was born February 3, 1994 in Woodbridge, Va. ... Daughter of Robert and Mary Pope ... Majoring in psychology ... Has a brother, Darren ... Plans to be a clinical psychologist.