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Missouri State Lady Bears beat Drake in first game of doubleheader

Senior Elle Ruffridge yells out to her teammates after a Lady Bears score during the game against Drake Friday, Jan. 22 at JQH Arena. The Bears beat the Bulldogs 73-72.

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The Missouri State Lady Bears defeated the Drake Bulldogs 73-72 in a thriller Friday evening, their first home game in more than a month.

MSU came out firing in the first quarter, outscoring Drake 25-18, behind nine first quarter points from senior Ellie Ruffridge. She finished with 16 points.

“I’m a shooter and I’m going to shoot,” Ruffridge said. “Props to my teammates.