Calip earns MVC Player of the Week honors

St. LOUIS – Missouri State senior guard Brice Calip is the inaugural Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week in women’s basketball for the 2020-21 season, the league announced Monday. The award is the second of Calip’s career.

Calip averaged 17 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while earning all-tournament honors at the Gulf Coast Showcase during the season’s opening weekend, and became the 29th member of Missouri State’s 1,000-point club in Friday’s win at Florida Gulf Coast.

The Sapulpa, Okla., native scored a career-high 26 points in Saturday’s victory against No. 12/11 Maryland, guiding the Lady Bears to an 81-72 victory after trailing by 16 late in the first half. Maryland is the highest-ranked team MSU has defeated since No. 5 Duke in the 2001 Sweet 16.

The reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Year began the season Friday with an efficient 10 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes in MSU’s victory at Atlantic Sun favorite Florida Gulf Coast, and tallied 15 points, four assists and three boards versus Wake Forest on Sunday.

The Lady Bears (2-1), who moved up three spots to 21st in the Associated Press Poll on Monday, host Lincoln University in the home opener on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at JQH Arena.

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