After traveling nearly 8,500 miles over the season’s first two weeks, the Missouri State Lady Bears returned to JQH Arena to host Santa Clara on Friday night.
This marked their first game as the No. 22 ranked team in the nation, according to the USA Today coaches poll released Tuesday.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and a dozen ties, Missouri State outlasted Santa Clara 71-64 to improve to 5-1 on the young season.
“A win is a win,” head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said. “That is what I always tell our players. I was really proud of how we came out in the second half.