The Missouri Valley Conference posted a non-conference record of 9-6 (.600) after the first weekend of play, including three wins over 2010-11 postseason teams. This week, the league will face six 2010-11 postseason teams, including five from BCS conferences.
Highlights from the Valley's first weekend of play include:
Bradley held Northern Colorado to just 15 first half points, the lowest total since 2004, before cruising to a 57-44 victory against the Bears – the win was also head coach Paula Buscher’s 150th at Bradley;
Creighton won its first two road games of the season for the first time since 1995, registering victories over North Dakota and North Dakota State;
Drake will host 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Iowa State Tuesday night in Des Moines – the Bulldogs are the last Valley team to beat a top-25 opponent, which came over the Cyclones in 2009;
Evansville senior Chelsea Falkenstein recorded two blocks in the Purple Aces matchup at Murray State, moving her into a tie for seventh place on Evansville’s all-time blocks list with 49 in her career;
Illinois State won its season-opener for the third-straight season, a 63-52 victory at Ball State;
Indiana State senior Shannon Thomas recorded five rebounds at No. 2 Notre Dame, moving her into 10th place on the Sycamores all-time career list with 664 career rebounds;
Missouri State topped 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Louisiana Tech, 78-65, the league’s first victory over a 2011 postseason team;
UNI connected on 20 three-pointers in its first two games, which included victories over Colorado State and Chicago State;
Southern Illinois junior Teri Oliver scored a career-high 32 points in the season-opener at Austin Peay, marking the 10th highest single game scoring total in SIU history; and
Wichita State drew 2,038 fans in Monday night's matchup versus No. 21 LSU. The Shockers made a strong run at beating a non-conference ranked opponent for the first time in school history, before falling 56-64 to the Tigers.