Jan. 5, 2016
Notes for Drake game
Notes for UNI game (available by 5 p.m. Saturday)
Missouri State Lady Bears (9-5/2-0 MVC) vs.
Drake Bulldogs (8-5/1-1 MVC), 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8
UNI Panthers (6-7/1-1 MVC), 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: ESPN3 - Drake | UNI
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Missouri State (9-5, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) returns to JQH Arena after nearly a month away for a pivotal early season league weekend against the teams picked to finish second and third in the MVC behind the Lady Bears.
MSU takes on Drake (8-5, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday before hosting UNI (6-7, 1-1) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Lady Bears opened league play with a pair of road wins, holding Illinois State and Indiana State to 51 points each to start 2-0 in the Valley for the first time since the 2010-11 season. MSU has also won seven of its last eight games overall.
MSU holds a 40-37 series lead over Drake, and is 27-14 against the Bulldogs in Springfield. Missouri State has averaged 80.6 points in the last 14 games against Drake.
Drake is 8-5 overall and 1-1 in MVC play, and is picked to finish second in the league this year. The Bulldogs lead the conference in scoring at 80.2 points per game, but also allow a league-worst 74.4 points. Lizzy Wendell paces the MVC with a 20.7 scoring average, while Maddy Dean averages 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Caitlin Ingle hands out 7.1 assists per game. As a team, the Bulldogs shoot 44.8 percent overall, 31.1 percent from distance and 74.1 percent from the foul line.
UNI is 7-7 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Panthers have a trio of double-digit scorers in Madison Weekly (15.6), Amber Sorenson (14.1) and Jen Keitel (10.6), and have taken more than 42 percent of their total shots this season from beyond the arc. UNI averages 63.5 points per game and allows 60.9, shooting 36.8 percent overall, 29.1 percent on 3-pointers and 71.7 percent from the charity stripe.