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THE KAY YOW AWARD

Missouri State's Kellie Harper is the recipient of the 2019 Kay Yow award, which is presented annually to a Division I women's head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

April 8, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Missouri State’s Kellie Harper is the recipient of the 2019 Kay Yow award, presented annually to the top coach in Women’s Division I college basketball.

Now in her sixth season at Missouri State, Harper led the Lady Bears to a 25-10 record and a trip to the Sweet 16. The 25 wins were the most since 2005 and it was the first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001.

After a 1-7 start the Lady Bears completely turned their season around, winning 24 of their last 27 games. Missouri State went 9-0 in MVC road games for the first time ever and won a school-record 10 consecutive road games overall.

After finishing second in the Missouri Valley Conference, Harper’s team beat Drake in the conference tournament championship game to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The win over Drake was the first of three consecutive wins over AP Top 25 opponents. It’s the first time in school history that they had beaten ranked teams in three straight games.

The Kay Yow Award was established last year to honor the Division I women's head coach who embodies not only a winning spirit but who also displays great character both on and off the court.

Yow was a coaching legend who led NC State to 737 wins during her 34 seasons at the school. She was wildly successful in every forum in which she coached, leading gold medal winners at the 1981 World University Games, the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship Games and the 1988 Olympic Games.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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