|Missouri State Lady Bears (1-2) at Las Vegas Invitational|
|Date and Time||Friday, November 25 vs. UTSA (1-2) | 3:15 p.m. CT
Saturday, November 26 vs. Middle Tennessee (2-1) | 1:00 p.m. CT
|Location||The Mirage | Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Tickets||Tickets will be sold at the door|
|Radio||KWTO (93.3 FM) | Listen Live|
|Live Video||FloHoops.com | Watch
(Ty Collins, Kevin Brown)
|Missouri State||Game Notes | Women’s Basketball Home Page|
|UTSA||Women’s Basketball Home Page|
|Middle Tennessee||Women’s Basketball Home Page|
|Up Next||Sunday, December 4 at Toledo, 12:00 p.m. CT|
Starting Five – Storylines for the Las Vegas Invitational
1) Rebounding has been a strong point of emphasis for the Lady Bears again this season as MSU currently ranks 33rd nationally with a +13.0 rebounding margin. Sophomore Indya Green is spearheading the Missouri State rebounding efforts, ranking 33rd in the nation in rebounds per game (10.3) and 24th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (4.3).
2) The Lady Bears are 54-14 in their last 68 games away from home. In each of the last two seasons, MSU has participated in Thanksgiving week tournaments. In those tournaments, MSU accumulated a 3-2 record, including wins over FGCU and #12/11 Maryland in 2020-21 and a victory over #24 Virginia Tech last season.
3) Missouri State has not lost back-to-back games in a season since 2018-19. The last time MSU suffered consecutive losses in a season was when the Lady Bears lost five in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 16, 2018. Following a loss in their last outing to Oklahoma State, MSU will look to follow it up with a win and keep the trend alive.
4) MSU returns one starter from last season in fifth-year senior Sydney Wilson. With MSU’s victory over Saint Louis, Wilson earned her 100th career victory as a Lady Bear. She surpassed Secelia Winkfield (1990-93) to take over sole possesion of fifth place in program history. In fourth place on the list is Jackie Stiles (1998-01) with 101 career victories.
5) Sophomores Indya Green and Isabelle Delarue are off to hot starts this season. Green is averaging a double-double after three games (10.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg) while shooting .500 from the field and Delaure is averaging 11.7 points per game and leads the team with seven triples on the year.
Missouri State trails the all-time series against UTSA, 0-2. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 29, 2007, with the Roadrunners defeating the Lady Bears 63-59 in Springfield. The first matchup of the series and the only other meeting between the squads came back in 1983 in San Antonio, as UTSA defeated MSU, 82-70.
MSU also trails 0-2 in the all-time series against Middle Tennessee. In their last meeting, MT defeated the Lady Bears 71-52 in Springfield on Dec. 19, 2016. In the first meeting of the series, the Blue Raiders handed MSU a 70-54 loss in Murfreesboro on Dec. 17, 2015.
UTSA has three players averaging 10+ points per game with Jenkins leading the way with 14.0, followed by Nwakamma (11.0) and Coleman (10.7). Coleman is also the team’s leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game. The Roadrunners are averaging 68.7 ppg and 37.3 rpg as a squad, while shooting .421 from the field and .273 from behind the arc.
Middle Tennessee has three players 15+ points per game (Wheeler – 16.7, Malashka – 15.7 and Gregory – 15.0). Malashka is also leading the team with 6.3 rpg, 10 steals and 4 blocks. As a unit, the Blue Raiders average 81.7 points and 37.0 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting .468 from the field and .364 from three-point range.