Senior guard Abby Hipp works from under the basket against Drake University in Jan. 2021. Hipp is one of the many returning leaders Mox brings to this year's team.

Self-Improvement. Integrity. Idealism. Courage. Honesty. Unselfishness. Self-Discipline. Self-Respect.

According to MVOrganizing author Ben Davis, these are the eight core values of leadership, and if you know anything about the Missouri State Lady Bears basketball team, you’ll know they display all eight values.

Sixth-year senior guard Brice Calip and fifth-year senior forward Abby Hipp went above and beyond these main eight values and were given the position of captains.

Alongside being a captain and a six-season player, Calip was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year last season.

“I am not really focusing on the individual goals right now, I just know that anyone on our team should get that award this upcoming season,” Calip said. “We are all going to feed off of one another and roll with that.”

Hipp is also coming into the season with conference recognition, All MVC Honorable Mention and an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“A year ago at this time, I didn’t think that we were going to have  (an extra year), so I was going through the mental process of ‘This is my last everything,’” Hipp said. 

Calip and Hipp were both hopeful and grateful to have been given the ability to lead their team as captains, a position voted on by teammates.

To Hipp, being a captain this year is looking like being the person everyone can come to and being the mediator between players and staff. For Calip, being a captain looks like increasing her vocality and being the coach on the court.

As captains, Hipp and Calip both expressed their wants to build up the new Lady Bears. 

“Us upperclassmen know the system so it helps with getting the new people ready and giving them expectations between what the team wants and what the coaches want,” Calip said.

“I’ve been seeing all of the new people start to develop and come into their own skin,” Hipp said. When I think of one person in particular, I think of Paige Rocca.”

Rocca is a sophomore guard who played 14 games as a freshman in the 2020-2021 season.

“(Rocca) is putting in the work, playing more confident in herself and is becoming more vocal, so when I think of someone who has made a big change, I think of her,” Hipp said. To see the Lady Bears displaying these eight core values of leadership, their home opener is Nov. 14 against North Texas.


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