Guard Brice Calip finished with 21 points, six assists and five steals, forward Jasmine Franklin added 14 points along with 10 rebounds, and Alexa Williard chipped in 13 points as Missouri State defeated the No.23 ranked University of Minnesota women’s basketball team 77-69 in the season opener for both at Williams Arena Tuesday afternoon.
The Gophers got a team-high 18 points from All-Big Ten nominee and shooting guard Destiny Pitts. Point guard Jasmine Brunson added 14 and forward Taiye Bello, despite early foul trouble, had 13 points and two
The victorious Bears jumped out to a 26-13 lead and never looked back.
Missouri State first-year coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton—after four seasons as associate head coach at Michigan State University—became the first African American female head coach for any sport at the school
when she was hired last April.
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.