Season ends March 30 for Kellie Jolly Harper’s Missouri Lady Bears
By Jerry Lowery | April 1, 2019 8:22 am
Last Updated: April 1, 2019 at 8:24 am
Missouri State’s best NCAA Tournament run in nearly two decades came to an end Saturday in the Chicago Regional Semifinal at Wintrust Arena, as the Lady Bears fell to No. 2 seed and sixth-ranked Stanford by a 55-46 final.
The Lady Bears (25-10), led my Coach Kellie Jolly Harper, a Sparta native, finished with their most wins in a season since 2005, holding the Cardinal to 25 percent shooting overall and 3-for-29 from 3-point range in a gritty defensive effort. Stanford (31-4) was equal to the task, blocking six shots and limiting MSU to 25.4 percent from the field and a season-low point total.
Harper led the Lady Bears into the best finish in 20 years for the Missouri State team. Missouri State won 20 games for the third time in the last four seasons, ending the year in the school’s 15th NCAA Tournament.. MSU tied a school record with 35 games played on the season. The Lady Bears won 24 of their final 27 games after a 1-7 start to the year. In the program’s 50th season, the Lady Bears posted a winning record for the 34th time, earning a postseason bid for the 23rd time in 37 Division I seasons.