Youthful Lady Bears struggle in exhibition loss to Central Missouri


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Lady Bears showed their youth Monday night as Missouri State dropped its opening exhibition game to Central Missouri, 70-64.

It was a close match from start to finish as neither team led by more than seven points in the game.

The Bears found their largest lead early in the second quarter up 27-20.

Missouri State would go quiet after that, however, as the Bears missed 14 of their next 15 field goal attempts leading to a 35-31 halftime deficit.

The Jennies led for most of the remaining time, but the Bears drew it even in the final minute as lone Senior Danielle Gitzen got a steal and layup to knot the game at 64.

Missouri State would be unable to jump ahead, however, as UCM netted the final six points of the game for a 70-64 win.

“We just looked young out there, we really did,” Head Coach Kellie Harper said. “Even our veterans at times looked young. I think it’s just the early part of the season. For us, we didn’t rebound well. I think we need to be more physical. There’s so many things that we’re going to get out of this game.”

The Bears will be back in action Sunday as the Bears welcome Lincoln University to JQH.

Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

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