Jasmine Franklin led a balanced attack with 14 points and nine rebounds and No. Missouri State beat Southern Illinois 67-55 on Wednesday night to claim the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title for the 14th time since 1990. Brice Calip added 13 points and Abby Hipp scored 12 for the Lady Bears (16-2, 12-0), who are off to their best start since the 2003-04 club opened 20-1.
ET, the Bradley Braves (12-8, 8-5 MVC) — hoping to spoil the Lady Bears’ perfect conference record and steal the automatic bid for the MVC away from Missouri State — will try to be two points better than Illinois State (10-6, 7-6 MVC), Drake (12-8, 10-3 MVC) and Valparaiso (7-9, 3-6 MVC) . Drake lost to Missouri State 73-72 on Jan. 22 and Valparaiso lost 74-73 on Jan. 31.
Brice Calip scored with 1.4 seconds left to give No. Missouri State a 73-72 victory over Illinois State on Saturday for the Lady Bears’ ninth straight victory. Missouri State (13-2, 9-0 Missouri Valley Conference) fell behind by 16 early in the second quarter and trailed 54-47 after three but grabbed the lead with a 7-0 run midway through the final period.