Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears

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Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears
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UniversityMissouri State University
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference (primary)
Missouri Valley Football Conference
Mid-American Conference (men's swimming & diving)
Conference USA (beach volleyball)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorKyle Moats
LocationSpringfield, Missouri
Varsity teams17
Football stadiumRobert W. Plaster Stadium
Basketball arenaGreat Southern Bank Arena
Baseball stadiumHammons Field
Soccer stadiumAllison South Stadium
MascotBoomer the Bear and Growl the Bear
NicknameBears and Lady Bears
Fight songThe Scotsman
ColorsMaroon and white[1]
   
Websitemissouristatebears.com
Missouri Valley Conference logo in Missouri State's colors

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. The majority of sports play in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, while men's swimming & diving competes in the Mid-American Conference, and the women's beach volleyball team, nicknamed Beach Bears instead of "Bears" or "Lady Bears",[2] competes in Conference USA, having moved from the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association after the spring 2023 season.[3] Missouri State athletics are frequently abbreviated as "MOST" when televised.

Sports sponsored[edit]

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 11 women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports.

National championships[edit]

Team[edit]

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NAIA n/a Men's basketball 1952 Murray State 73–64
NAIA n/a Men's basketball 1953 Hamline 79–71
NCAA Division II Men's golf[4] 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 results[edit]

NCAA Tournament appearances[edit]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1991 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 Tennessee Tech
#1 Tennessee
W 94–64
L 47–55
1992 #8 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#9 Kansas
#1 Iowa
#5 UCLA
#2 Ole Miss
#4 Western Kentucky
W 75–59
W 61–60
W 83–57
W 94–71
L 72–84
1993 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Oklahoma State
#2 Maryland
#6 Louisiana Tech
W 86–71
W 86–82
L 43–59
1994 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Northern Illinois
#3 Virginia
W 75–56
L 63–67
1995 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Utah
#1 Colorado
W 49–47
L 34–78
1996 #12 First Round #5 Texas L 55–73
1998 #8 First Round #9 Notre Dame L 64–78
1999 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 UC Santa Barbara
#2 Colorado State
W 72–70
L 70–86
2000 #10 First Round #7 Auburn L 74–78
2001 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#12 Toledo
#4 Rutgers
#1 Duke
#6 Washington
#3 Purdue
W 89–71
W 60–53
W 81–71
W 104–87
L 64–81
2003 #15 First Round #2 Texas Tech L 59–67
2004 #12 First Round #5 Notre Dame L 65–69 (OT)
2006 #13 First Round #4 Purdue L 52–73
2016 #13 First Round #4 Texas A&M L 65–74
2019 #11 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 DePaul
#3 Iowa State
#2 Stanford
W 89–77
W 69–60
L 46–55
2021 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 UC Davis
#13 Wright State
#1 Stanford
W 70–51
W 64–39
L 62–89
2022 #11 First Four
First Round
#11 Florida State
#6 Ohio State
W 61-50
L 63-56

WNIT appearances[edit]

2002, 2005 (Champions), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018

AIAW tournament appearances[edit]

Missouri AIAW state tournament: 1970–1982 (won 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1981 tournaments)
AIAW Region VI tournament: 1974, 1975, 1981
AIAW Division II national tournament: 1981

Conference championships[edit]

Gateway Conference (1983–1992) 2
1991, 1992

Missouri Valley Conference (1992–present) 12
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2020, 2021

Head coaches[edit]

  • 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
      • 3 Sweet 16 Appearances
    • 1 WNIT Appearance
  • Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (5 seasons, 95–61), 2002–2007
    • 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances
    • WNIT Championship
  • Nyla Milleson (5 seasons, 105–87), 2007–2013
    • 3 WNIT Appearances
  • Kellie Harper (6 seasons, 118–79), 2013–2019
    • 2 NCAA Appearances
    • 3 WNIT Appearances
  • Amaka Agugua-Hamilton (3 seasons, 73-15), 2019–2022
    • 1 NCAA Appearance
      • 1 Sweet Sixteen Appearance

• Beth Cunningham (1 Season 20-12) 2022–Present

    • 1 WNIT Appearance

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 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

Facilities[edit]

Facility Opened Renovated Sport Capacity
Robert W. Plaster Stadium 1941 1991, 2014 Football 17,500
Great Southern Bank 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 sports[edit]

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

Men's ice hockey[edit]

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).[5] The teams play off-campus at the 2,000-seat Mediacom Ice Park.[6][7][8]

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.[9] The team won the MACHA DIII championship with a 5–3 win over Robert Morris University- Peoria.[10][11][12]

Men's lacrosse[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors - Identity Standards - Missouri State University". February 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ See, e.g., "Beach Volleyball Program Will Join C-USA in 2024" (Press release). Missouri State Athletics. May 11, 2023. Retrieved May 18, 2023. The Beach Bears will part ways with the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) next season to join TCU and Tarleton State as affiliate members of Conference USA.
  3. ^ "BVB: C-USA Adds TCU, Tarleton State and Missouri State as Affiliate Members for Beach Volleyball" (Press release). Conference USA. May 11, 2023. Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  4. ^ "NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ (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. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Experience Fall in the Ozarks - Springfield Missouri Travel & Tourism - Ozarks/Midwest Vacations". springfieldmo.org. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Alumni News - Missouri State University Alumni Association - Missouri State University". Archived from the original on June 1, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Home Page". Machahockey.com. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
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  11. ^ (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. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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