SPRINGFIELD – Five home games, including matchups with Power Five foes Missouri and Oklahoma State, road contests at Toledo and TCU, and a trip to Las Vegas highlight the Missouri State Lady Bears’ non-conference slate for the 2022-23 season, announced today by first-year head coach Beth Cunningham.
MSU will welcome in-state rival Missouri on November 7 to open the regular season at Great Southern Bank Arena, before hosting Saint Louis and Oklahoma State on November 15 and 17, respectively.
“We are excited to release our non-conference schedule for the 2022-2023 season. This schedule will challenge us right out of the gate and continue to prepare us as we move toward Missouri Valley Conference play. Our student-athletes will have numerous opportunities to grow individually and as a team with each opponent we face in non-conference action,” said Cunningham.
The Lady Bears then head out on a four-game road swing, beginning at the Las Vegas Invitational against two opponents to be determined, before closing out the road portion of non-conference play with trips to Toledo (Dec. 4) and TCU (Dec. 9).
Missouri State returns home to welcome UT Martin on December 17 and Little Rock on December 21 for the final two games of non-conference action.
The Lady Bears return six players and one starter from last season’s squad that made its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and won its First Four round game against Florida State. Missouri State went 25-8 overall last season with a 14-4 MVC record to finish second in the regular season conference standings.
The Missouri Valley Conference is expected to release its 20-game schedule in the coming weeks.
Missouri State will also host an exhibition game against Missouri S&T at Great Southern Bank Area on Wednesday, November 2.
Game times will be released at a later date.
Missouri State women’s basketball season tickets are currently on sale by calling (417) 836-8899.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 vs. Missouri S&T Great Southern Bank Arena
Monday, Nov. 7 vs. Missouri Great Southern Bank Arena
Missouri in 2021-22: The Tigers went 18-13 overall and 7-9 in the SEC…Hosted the first round of the WNIT, falling in overtime to Drake
Series History: Missouri leads, 21-13
Last Meeting: Lady Bears 79, Tigers 51, Dec. 10, 2021 in Springfield, Mo.
Tuesday, Nov. 15 vs. Saint Louis Great Southern Bank Arena
St. Louis in 2021-22: Saint Louis went 9-18 overall and 5-9 in the A-10, losing in the first round of the A-10 Championship to George Mason
Series History: Missouri State leads, 13-3
Last Meeting: Lady Bears 67, Billikens 57, Dec. 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo.
Thursday, Nov. 17 vs. Oklahoma State Great Southern Bank Arena
Oklahoma State in 2021-22: OSU finished the season 9-20 overall and 3-15 in the Big 12, falling in the second round of the Big 12 Championship to Baylor
Series History: Oklahoma State leads, 10-3
Last Meeting: Cowgirls 44, Lady Bears 40, Nov. 17, 2021 in Stillwater, Okla.
Friday, Nov. 25 vs. TBD Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. TBD Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at Toledo Toledo, Ohio
Toledo in 2021-22: The Rockets went 29-6 overall and were the MAC regular season champions with a 19-1 conference record…Advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT, falling to Middle Tennessee by two points in overtime
Series History: Missouri State leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: Lady Bears 60, Rockets 46, Dec. 21, 2021 in Springfield, Mo.
Friday, December 9 at TCU Fort Worth, Texas
TCU in 2021-22: TCU was 6-22 overall and finished in last place in the Big 12 regular season standings with a 2-16 conference record
Series History: TCU leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: Horned Frogs 86, Lady Bears 51, March 17, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas
Saturday, December 17 vs. UT Martin Great Southern Bank Arena
UTM in 2021-22: The Skyhawks finished 12-18 overall with a 9-9 OVC record, falling to SIUE in the first round of the OVC Championship
Series History: First Meeting
Wednesday, December 21 vs. Little Rock Great Southern Bank Arena
Little Rock in 2021-22: Little Rock finished the season 17-10 overall and went 8-4 in the Sun Belt to place fourth in the conference regular season standings
Series History: Missouri State leads, 13-4
Last Meeting: Lady Bears 76, Trojans 62, Nov. 9, 2021 in Little Rock, Ark.