Chris Collins, The Black Bear – It was during a Missouri state woman’s basketball game in mid-February where one of the best individual games of bear’s history took place. Senior Tyonna Snow would go on to record a career 41 points in a 91-81 victory on Feb. 12 against Loyola.
What’s even more impressive is that in addition to Snow nearly scoring half her teams points she also snatched down 12 rebounds, 7 steals, and 5 blocked shots.
“I didn’t know I was having that type of game,” said Snow. “I thought I had like twenty points late in the game until Kenzie (Williams) and Liza (Fruendt) actually told I had like 35.”
That was just one of seven double doubles Snow had during her spectacular final season as a bear. She led the bears in points, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
She was only the third player ever to win MVC player of the year and defensive player of the year in the same season.
What defines her game and her legacy is her relentless competitive Ferber she brings to every single possession.
She credits the biggest fracture to her competitive nature as being her mother.
“She taught me that everything is okay but when you fail you have to fix it, you always want to do things right the first time,” Snow recounts of her mother’s words. “You always want to continue improving.”
Snow’s style of play has established a culture that can be the standard for future ladies Bear teams. Snow knows the younger players can step up to the challenge, but snow says they can’t just say it they have to have the mentality of going out there and showing it.
Whoever is stepping into the place of snow will have some pretty large ALL-MVC shoes to fill.
As a key piece to the Lady Bears team that won 24 games, won the Missouri Valley conference championship, and made to the NCAA tournament during snows senior year, she has helped set a precedent to future Lady Bears teams over her career.
“We knew we would win, that was our mindset even though we were a three seed.”
A three seed had never won the MVC before.
“It was something we had been fighting toward all year and we knew we were a really good team.”
Although Snow’s time has come to an end as a member of the Lady Bears her legacy still stands as one of the best players to ever wear the Maroon and White. That does not mean her playing career is over as she has plans of a professional career. She plans on playing overseas and is currently meeting with different agents and deciding where would be best for her and her career.