Da Silva, Franklin Earn Valley Awards


The Big Game 2021

Monday the Missouri Valley Conference three weekly awards to two Missouri State standouts for their performances last week.

Bears forward Tulio Da Silva led the men’s basketball team to road wins at Indiana State and Bradley with two 20-point performances. The Brazil native and South Florida transfer earned both the Valley Newcomer of the Week and Player of the Week. He is the first Bear to earn both awards since Alize Johnson in the 2016-17 season.

Lady Bears freshman Jasmine Franklin won her second straight Newcomer of the Week award after posting her third consecutive double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Sunday’s win over Southern Illinois.

The MSU men’s team will host Evansville Wednesday at 7 p.m., while the Lady Bears hit the road for the first time in Valley play for Friday’s game at Bradley.

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