MOLINE, Il. — The Bradley/Missouri State semifinal game in the 2021 MVC Women’s Basketball Championship will not be played, the Missouri Valley Conference announced on Saturday.
In a release, the conference said A single positive result was discovered in both Bradley’s and Drake’s Tier 1 personnel as part of Friday evening’s testing.
The conference claims both teams had enough non-impacted players to still compete, but Missouri State opted to withdraw.
The Missouri State/Bradley game will be labeled a no contest, meaning no loss will be added to MSU’s record.
“Our top priority is to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said in a release from the school. “Our players lost that opportunity last year with the pandemic and the cancellation of the postseason. We have to ensure that our players and our staff get that opportunity this year.”
“This feels a lot like last year,” MSU head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said in the same release. “It’s very unfortunate but playing in the NCAA Tournament is a priority for us, especially after missing the opportunity last season. Although we will miss out on what could have potentially happened for us in Moline, we look forward to the Big Dance!”
The Lady Bears are immediately returning to Springfield to prepare for Monday’s NCAA Tournament field announcement.
As for the remainder of the MVC Tournament, the conference has reconstructed the remaining games.
Drake will receive a bye into the championship game as the highest remaining seed.
Bradley will instead play Loyola-Chicago in the only semifinal game.
The schedule will be as follows:
SATURDAY, MARCH 13
6:02 pm — Bradley/Loyola (ESPN+)
SUNDAY, MARCH 14
4:02 pm — Bradley/Loyola winner vs. Drake (ESPN+)