The Missouri State Lady Bears (1-3, 0-0 MVC) return to the friendly confines of JQH Arena this week for a 12:05 p.m. Tuesday game against Quinnipiac (2-3). Well over 1,000 local students are expected at Elementary Day as the Lady Bears take on the Bobcats in a rare afternoon tilt.
The schedule continues to be a stiff challenge as MSU’s next two opponents won a combined 59 games last season. QU went 30-3 in 2012-13, and the Lady Bears pay a visit to No. 3 Louisville on Dec. 3 in their next outing. MSU is in a stretch of eight consecutive contests against teams that played in either the NCAA Tournament, WNIT or Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2013.
After Tuesday’s game, Missouri State will not play at home again until Dec. 15, when Lamar visits to open a three-game homestand.
Missouri State and Quinnipiac have never met in women’s basketball. In fact, Tuesday’s game will be the first time the schools have ever competed in any team sport. MSU’s only previous meeting with a current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school was a 97-89 home win over Canisius in December 2007.
Quinnipiac is 2-3 on the season with wins against North Carolina A&T and American and losses to Louisville, UT Martin and St. John’s. The Bobcats return four starters from a team that went 30-3 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bobcats have four players averaging at least 10.8 point per game through five contests, led by Jasmine Martin at 16.0.
As a team, Quinnipiac scores 78.0 points and allows 81.4 while shooting 41.5 percent overall, 31.1 percent on 3-pointers and 68.3 percent from the foul line.