Brice Calip becomes all-time winningest Missouri State Lady Bear in win over Southern

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When you list the greatest Missouri State Lady Bears in the program's rich history, you better include Brice Calip.

The senior star became the Lady Bears' all-time winningest player following a 72-43 victory over Southern University on Saturday afternoon at JQH Arena.

With the win, Calip has participated in 105 wins — passing the legendary Melody Howard.

"It hasn't really hit me," Calip said afterward. "It's a great honor and I'm blessed to still be wearing this jersey. I'm blessed that future recruits that will come in, they'll know my name and past teammates."

Brice Calip, of Missouri State, during the Lady Bears game against Southern University at JQH Arena on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.
Brice Calip, of Missouri State, during the Lady Bears game against Southern University at JQH Arena on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

Calip is using a sixth year of eligibility that was given to her due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During her redshirt-freshman year, she played in seven games before an injury cut her season short. A medical hardship waiver was awarded to go along with her COVID-19 year.

Her career has seen her lead the Lady Bears to a pair of NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances, a Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year honor, an MVC Defensive Player of the Year honor, a pair of MVC regular-season titles and an MVC Tournament title.

"I'm very thankful that I came back knowing that (head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton) told me I had the chance to write my name in the record books," Calip said. "I don't think it'll hit me for a while."

Calip continued to stand out in a wire-to-wire win over Southern (2-8) on Saturday afternoon. She scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while dishing out six assists.

Mya Bhinhar, of Missouri State, during the Lady Bears game against Southern University at JQH Arena on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.
Mya Bhinhar, of Missouri State, during the Lady Bears game against Southern University at JQH Arena on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

Jasmine Franklin continued her early-season dominance with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Sydney Wilson scored 16 points with five boards and three assists with Paige Rocca adding 10 points and four rebounds.

For the first time this season, the Lady Bears (8-2) have gone back-to-back games shooting 47 percent or better. Defensively, they held an opponent under 50 for the fourth time this season when they entered the game with the 14th-best scoring defense in college basketball.

"I think we're on track and we're doing well," Agugua-Hamilton said. "I'm really proud of our players and there are some things that we will work on. We don't need to be playing our best basketball right now. At the end of the day, that needs to be towards the end of February."

The Lady Bears conclude non-conference play on Tuesday against Toledo at 11 a.m. at JQH Arena. After that, the Lady Bears begin Missouri Valley Conference competition against Loyola Chicago at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at wwheeler@news-leader.com or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He's also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Missouri State basketball: Lady Bears cruise to win over Southern

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