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AP voters: Lady Bears need to keep winning to become a Top 25 team

In her first media day press conference last month, Missouri State Lady Bears head coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton felt her team was slighted after being predicted to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason polls.

“I think we were a little disrespected,” Mox said. “We kinda have a chip on our shoulder. I think we have to prove ourselves.”

After all, this is a team that is fresh off a run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and lost only one player.

So far this season, the Lady Bears have silenced the doubters by getting off to their best start since 1997.