By: Jordan Cook, Media Relations Student Intern
With the change of every season comes two things: seniors who have spent their last years growing within a program move on, and new freshmen come into the program to sprout from their roots.
Joining the Tiger family this season will be freshman Kayla McDowell, a 6'2'' forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jordan Frericks, a 6'1'' guard/forward from Quincy, Ill., and Sierra Michaelis, a 5'10'' guard from Mercer, Mo.
This past season four seniors left the Women's Basketball family: Sydney Crafton, Kendra Frazier, Liz Smith, and Liene Priede. Each of them came in with a different story, but no matter where they came from, how many years they spent at Mizzou, or how they contributed on and off the court, they all had a special place here in the heart of Mizzou.
So where are they now?
Kendra Frazier graduated from MU this past December, and Sydney Crafton is currently interning with Corporate Save-A-Lot. Liz Smith is working full time at Konica Minolta as an Account Executive, and Liene Priede has returned to her home country of Latvia to catch up on some much needed time with friends and family.
A memorable moment from this past season poses the question of where were these women were on the night of February 28, 2013?
The answer would be at the one and only Mizzou Arena!
The Tigers hosted the No. 4-ranked Gamecocks at 7 p.m. in their last home game of the conference season. The night also marked senior night, one in which our four Tiger seniors were honored prior to the game along with their loved ones.
Emotions tend to run high on senior night, but that did not stop head coach Robin Pingeton and her Tigers from leaving it all on the court. After a very heated first half ending with a Mizzou lead of 28-26, the Tigers came back into the second with even bigger answers.
Then a junior, Bri Kulas ended the night with a career high of 26 points along with 11 rebounds to give her another double-double, while Crafton, Priede, and Smith combined for a total of 29 points.
With two wins home wins against top-15 opponents in their inaugural SEC season, it will be exciting to see what more the Mizzou women shoot for in their second season in the Southeastern Conference.