The coaches know.
The Missouri State Lady Bears were ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Pool Tuesday, a day after their 4-1 start and runner-up finish in the WNIT Preseason Tournament was snubbed by sportswriters.
The Lady Bears earned road wins over two teams that earned votes in the poll: Minnesota and Boise State.
This is the first regular season top 25 ranking for the Lady Bears since 2004. The Bears were ranked 24th in the final coaches poll last season.
The Lady Bears play net at home on Friday night against Santa Clara at JQH Arena. Tip off is 6 p.m.. Tickets are available through Missouri State Tix.