Nov. 28, 2011
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Missouri State Lady Bears (2-2/0-0 MVC) vs. UALR Trojans (2-3/0-0 Sun Belt)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Tip: 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: Bears All-Access
After playing three of the season's first four games on the road, the Missouri State Lady Bears (2-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) return home to JQH Arena Tuesday for a visit from regional rival Arkansas-Little Rock (2-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) at 7:05 p.m.
UALR is MSU's fourth opponent in five games that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, and the fifth consecutive opponent that won at least 21 games a year ago. In fact, Tuesday's game will be the Lady Bears' sixth straight game overall against a team that won at least 21 games in 2010-11, and MSU will eventually play 10 consecutive games against teams with winning records last season, beginning with the MVC Tournament final on March 13 and ending with this year's Dec. 8 contest at Oklahoma State.
Missouri State is 7-1 all-time against Arkansas-Little Rock, winning all seven home match-ups. The Lady Bears and Trojans have met six times in the 2000s, with MSU going 5-1 with an average margin of victory of 30.2 in those five wins.
Coach Milleson is 1-1 against the Trojans, losing 68-55 in 2007 and winning 53-49 in 2008.
UALR began the season 2-3 on the season with victories over Tulsa and Rice and losses to SMU, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech.
Senior center Marian Kursh leads the club with 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting, Taylor Gault averages 14.4 points and Taylor Ford has dished out a team-best 21 assists.
The Trojans averages 56.2 points on .403 shooting from the field, 40.4 percent from three-point range and .605 from the charity stripe.
UALR has been out-scored by an average of 6.0 points with a 5.6 rebounding deficit.
The Trojans finished 23-8 overall and won the Sun Belt West Division with a 14-2 league mark in 2011, qualifying for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament following two straight WNIT appearances.
UALR ranked among the NCAA's top 25 in three-point defense, scoring defense and fewest turnovers per game as season ago.