SPRINGFIELD, Mo–In our Bear Nation report, the Lady Bears will tip off Valley play Friday afternoon against Loyola.

That game will tip off at 2:00 p.m. at JQH Arena.

Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton will go into conference play short two seniors Abby Hipp and Jasmine Franklin.

Both are out for the season with ACL tears.

Meanwhile the 9-2 Lady Bears will open against a Loyola team that’s 8-3.

Missouri State has won 19 straight conference games.

“Our team is one that is resilient, one that’s very perseveres through adversity. We really thrive on adversity. I can really say that. And just over the years we’ve proven that time in and time out. I just think that, I feel good. I know that we have a core group that can compete everyday,” said Coach Mox.