Missouri State women are first No. 3 seed to win MVC tourney

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 4:33 p.m. ET

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) Tyonna Snow recorded her second straight double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and No. 3 seed Missouri State won its 10th Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in 15 trips with a 71-58 victory over top-seeded Northern Iowa on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri State (24-9) won its first title since 2006 - for its 14th appearance in the NCAAs.

It was the first time in conference history that a third-seeded team won the championship.

Liza Fruendt made three 3-pointers and added 16 points for Missouri State. Snow won the MVP after scoring 52 points and grabbing 34 rebounds in their three tournament wins.

Regular-season MVC champion Northern Iowa (22-10) was led by Madison Weekly with 17 points and Sharnae Lamar's 16. They were both named to the all-tournament team. The Panthers made just 3 of 19 from distance and were outrebounded 40-22.