Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears
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.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Swimming and Diving||Softball|
|Swimming and Diving|
|Track and field†|
|† – 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.
|NCAA||Division II||Men's Golf||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
|Teams Defeated||Lost to|
|1991||2nd round||Tennessee Tech (94–64)||Tennessee (47–55)|
|1992||Final Four||Kansas (75–59)
|Western Kentucky (72–84)|
|1993||Sweet 16||Oklahoma State (86–71)
|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)
|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)|
2002, 2005 (Champions), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
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
Missouri Valley Conference (1992–2012) 9
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012
- 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
- 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
|Robert W. Plaster Stadium||1941||1991, 2014||Football||17,500|
|Hammons Student Center||1976||Volleyball
|Killian Sports Complex||2009||Softball||1,200|
|Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium||2014||Soccer
Track & field
|Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium||2014||Field hockey
|Betty and Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Courts||2014||Beach volleyball||150|
|Cooper Tennis Complex
|Twin Oaks Country Club
+ 4 Other local courses
Practice Facility 2016
The university also sponsors several club sports teams, including ice hockey (ACHA), lacrosse (MCLA), and roller hockey (NCRHA).
Men's ice hockey
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). The teams play off-campus at the 2,000-seat Mediacom Ice Park.
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. The team won the MACHA DIII championship with a 5–3 win over Robert Morris University- Peoria.
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.
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