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The Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears are the athletic teams representing Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University). Missouri State's athletics programs date back to 1908. Missouri State competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, and most teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, while Men's Swimming and Diving competes in the Mid-American Conference, and the beach volleyball team operates independent of a conference. Missouri State athletics are frequently abbreviated as "MOST" when televised.

Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears
Logo
UniversityMissouri State University
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Football Conference
Mid-American Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorKyle Moats
LocationSpringfield, Missouri
Varsity teams14
Football stadiumRobert W. Plaster Stadium
Basketball arenaJQH Arena
Baseball stadiumHammons Field
MascotBoomer the Bear and Growl the Bear
NicknameBears and Lady Bears
Fight songThe Scotsman
ColorsMaroon and White[1]
         
Websitewww.missouristatebears.com

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Football Cross country
Golf Golf
Soccer Soccer
Swimming and Diving Softball
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State University sponsors six men's and ten women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports.

National championshipsEdit

TeamEdit

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NCAA Division II Men's Golf[2] 1963 Aquinas 1,188–1,199
AIAW n/a Softball (Women's College World Series) 1974 Northern Colorado 14–7
AIAW Division II Field hockey 1979 Colgate 2–0

Women's basketball NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

Season Eliminated
Round
Teams Defeated Lost to
1991 2nd round Tennessee Tech (94–64) Tennessee (47–55)
1992 Final Four Kansas (75–59)
Iowa (61–60)
UCLA (83–57)
Mississippi (94–71)
Western Kentucky (72–84)
1993 Sweet 16 Oklahoma State (86–71)
Maryland (86–82)
Louisiana Tech (43–59)
1994 2nd round Northern Illinois (75–56) Virginia (63–67)
1995 2nd round Utah (49–47) Colorado (34–78)
1996 1st round Texas (55–73)
1998 1st round Notre Dame (64–78)
1999 2nd round Cal.-Santa Barbara (72–70) Colorado State (70–86)
2000 1st round Auburn (74–78)
2001 Final Four Toledo (89–71)
Rutgers (60–53)
Duke (81–71)
Washington (104–87)
Purdue (64–81)
2003 1st round Texas Tech (59–67)
2004 1st round Notre Dame (65–69)
2006 1st round Purdue (52–73)
2016 1st round Texas A&M (65-74)

WNIT appearancesEdit

2002, 2005 (Champions), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Conference championshipsEdit

AIAW (no division 1969–1974, Large College 1974–1979, Division II 1979–1982) 5
1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981

Mid-Continent Conference (1983–1992) 2
1991, 1992

Missouri Valley Conference (1992–2012) 9
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012

Head coachesEdit

  • Reba Sims (10 seasons, 129–116), 1969–1979
  • Marti Gasser (4 seasons, 62–60), 1979–1983
  • Valerie Goodwin-Colbert (4 seasons, 48–63), 1983–1987
  • Cheryl Burnett (15 seasons, 319–136), 1987–2002, 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 2 Final Four Appearances, 1 Sweet 16 Appearance. 1 WNIT Appearance
  • Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (5 seasons, 95–61), 2002–2007, 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances, WNIT Championship
  • Nyla Milleson, (5 seasons, 89–69), 2007–2013, 3 WNIT Appearances
  • Kellie Harper, (3rd season, 56–41), 2013–Present, 1 NCAA Appearance, 1 WNIT Appearance

Retired numbersEdit

  • 10 Jackie Stiles, 1997–2001 (NCAA Division I Women's Basketball's all-time #2 leading scorer with 3,393 points)
  • 35 Melody Howard, 1990–1994
  • 42 Jeanette Tendai, 1982–1986

FacilitiesEdit

Facility Opened Renovated Sport Capacity
Robert W. Plaster Stadium 1941 1991, 2014 Football 17,500
JQH Arena 2008 2013 Basketball 11,000
Hammons Student Center 1976 Volleyball
Swimming
8,846
300
Hammons Field 2004 Baseball 7,986
Killian Sports Complex 2009 Softball 1,200
Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium 2014 Soccer
Track & field
1,500
Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium 2014 Field hockey
Lacrosse
250
Betty and Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Courts 2014 Beach volleyball 150
Cooper Tennis Complex
w/Mediacom Stadium
1994 Tennis 2,500
Twin Oaks Country Club
+ 4 Other local courses
n/a MOST/TOCC
Practice Facility 2016
Golf N/A

Club sportsEdit

The university also sponsors several club sports teams, including ice hockey (ACHA), lacrosse (MCLA), and roller hockey (NCRHA).

Men's ice hockeyEdit

 
Missouri State ice hockey players celebrate a goal against University of Missouri.

Missouri State men's ice hockey, known as the Ice Bears, began in 2001 and despite not being a varsity NCAA sport receives much attention on and off-campus. The Ice Bears currently compete at the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in the [Western Collegiate Hockey League]] (WCHL).[3] The teams play off-campus at the 2,000-seat Mediacom Ice Park.[4][5][6]

Men's varsity ice hockey finished the 2009–2010 season ranked 2nd in the MACHA DII with a record of 12–4–0 in 16 league games, the team lost in the MACHA Championship 1–5 to Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. In addition to the ACHA DII team the University also fields a JV teams playing at the ACHA DIII level.[7] The team won the MACHA DIII championship with a 5–3 win over Robert Morris University- Peoria.[8][9][10]

Men's lacrosseEdit

Missouri State also fields a highly successful club Lacrosse Team. Founded in 2003, it competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division II and was a member of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) through 2017 before it moved to Division II of the Lone Star Alliance (LSA) in 2018. The Bears have been conference champions five times in their history (2004, 2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018) and have qualified for the MCLA National Championships on four occasions (2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018). The Bears finished the 2018 season with a record of 12-3, including a perfect 6-0 conference record and victories over Creighton, Baylor, and in-state rival University of Missouri. Since 2003, Missouri State has fielded 11 All-Americans, over 80 All-Conference players, 3 GRLC Tournament MVP's, and 4 GRLC Division II Coach's of the Year.

Head Coach Year Record
Daren Turner 2002–2008 24–21
Austin Holman 2009–2010 23–9
Pat Callaham 2011–2012 12-13
Dustin Rich 2013–2018 32-30
Donnie Curran 2019-present 0-0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors - Identity Standards - Missouri State University". February 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20080724171155/http://www.cfpmidweek.com/weeks/IssuePDFs/vo5i19web.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100601181255/http://alumni.missouristate.edu/46496.htm. Archived from the original on June 1, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Home Page". Machahockey.com. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20080724170815/http://www.cfpmidweek.com/weeks/IssuePDFs/vo5i21web.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [4][dead link]

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