Missouri State closes out its six-game home stand on Friday at 7 p.m. against Wichita State at JQH Arena.
The Lady Bears are 4-9 overall and dropped their first two Missouri Valley Conference games of the season last week to the league's top two teams, Drake and UNI, while the Shockers are 5-8 overall with MVC losses to those same schools.
Friday's contest is the annual We Back Pat game, as two of the late Pat Summitt's former players square off as head coaches. Donations to the Pat Summitt Foundation to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease will be accepted, and a ball signed by the legendary coach will be auctioned in the concourse.
The Lady Bears have played one of the nation's top 30 most difficult schedules so far, with 10 of 13 games coming against teams rated 120th or better in the NCAA RPI. The trend will change in the coming weeks, however, as MSU does not face a team ranked that high in the RPI again until visiting Drake on March 2.
Missouri State leads the all-time series 47-35, including a 30-12 mark in Springfield.
WSU has won 20 of the last 26 meetings overall.
Scouting Wichita State
Wichita State is 5-8 overall and 0-2 in MVC play. Preseason first-team all-MVC pick Rangie Bessard leads the Shockers with 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and five other WSU players average at least 5.5 points per contest. As a team, Wichita State scores 64.5 points per game and allows 68.8 while shooting 44.9 percent overall, 32 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the foul line.