A Minute with the Manager: Week 7 Update

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Tiger fans,

It's been a little longer since my last post, but that does not mean things have slowed down over here with women's basketball. If you have not been able to make it out to a game yet, there is still time. We are only 3 games in (not counting exhibition), and conference play does not start up at home until January 5, 2014.

We won both of our exhibition games after beating Quincy on Nov. 5th, and after our first away game against St. Louis on Nov. 8th followed by two home games (SIUE Nov.10, Evansville Nov.14) we are 3-0 on the season.

I typically do not travel with the team when they are away, but I followed the St. Louis game on my iPhone with the ESPN app. You can download this app for free, make an account, and add the Missouri Women to your favorite teams too if you want to keep up with them on the road. It is always crucial getting that first road win, and I am glad we were able to.

So far the most exciting home game to me has been our latest against Evansville. I thought everyone played well and played well together. It was a good chance for the crowd to see what I see our bench do well in practice day in and day out.

Morgan Stock has been shooting lights out from the 3-point line these past few weeks in practice, and she matched her career high of 15 last game which she just beat this season after a career high of 7 points last season. We have a lot of good 3-point shooters on our team, and I think after Morgan Eye's success last year, she won't be the only name buzzing on the other schools' scouting reports.

We honored our hometown heroes last game as we celebrated Veteran's Day that week. Our program featured sophomore forward Darian Saunders whom I had the joy of writing about for the feature story. In the interview with Darian I learned a lot about heroes she holds close to her heart, and how she wants be a hero in the lives of others as well.

Her dad serves in the U.S. military, and my parents are retired Air Force. We honored our military heroes on Veteran's Day, but I invite you all this week to honor anyone who has been a hero in your life, as well as think about how you can be a hero in anyone else's life. We all could use a hero every now and then.

Come be our heroes in the stands tomorrow night at 7pm as we seek another win against Southeast Missouri State on our home court at Mizzou Arena.

A Minute with the Manager: Week 7 Update

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Tiger fans,

It's been a little longer since my last post, but that does not mean things have slowed down over here with women's basketball. If you have not been able to make it out to a game yet, there is still time. We are only 3 games in (not counting exhibition), and conference play does not start up at home until January 5, 2014.

We won both of our exhibition games after beating Quincy on Nov. 5th, and after our first away game against St. Louis on Nov. 8th followed by two home games (SIUE Nov.10, Evansville Nov.14) we are 3-0 on the season.

I typically do not travel with the team when they are away, but I followed the St. Louis game on my iPhone with the ESPN app. You can download this app for free, make an account, and add the Missouri Women to your favorite teams too if you want to keep up with them on the road. It is always crucial getting that first road win, and I am glad we were able to.

So far the most exciting home game to me has been our latest against Evansville. I thought everyone played well and played well together. It was a good chance for the crowd to see what I see our bench do well in practice day in and day out.

Morgan Stock has been shooting lights out from the 3-point line these past few weeks in practice, and she matched her career high of 15 last game which she just beat this season after a career high of 7 points last season. We have a lot of good 3-point shooters on our team, and I think after Morgan Eye's success last year, she won't be the only name buzzing on the other schools' scouting reports.

We honored our hometown heroes last game as we celebrated Veteran's Day that week. Our program featured sophomore forward Darian Saunders whom I had the joy of writing about for the feature story. In the interview with Darian I learned a lot about heroes she holds close to her heart, and how she wants be a hero in the lives of others as well.

Her dad serves in the U.S. military, and my parents are retired Air Force. We honored our military heroes on Veteran's Day, but I invite you all this week to honor anyone who has been a hero in your life, as well as think about how you can be a hero in anyone else's life. We all could use a hero every now and then.

Come be our heroes in the stands tomorrow night at 7pm as we seek another win against Southeast Missouri State on our home court at Mizzou Arena.

A Minute with the Manager: Week 5 Wrap Up

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  Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

A Minute with the Manager: Week 5 Wrap Up

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  Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

A Minute with the Manager: Week 5 Wrap Up

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  Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

A Minute with the Manager: Week 5 Wrap Up

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Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

A Minute with the Manager: Week 5 Wrap Up

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Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

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Hey Tiger Fans,

We are beginning our 6th week of practices here at Mizzou Arena, and what better way to have started off the week than by winning our first exhibition game against Southwest Baptist last Tuesday!

I saw a lot of familiar faces out in the crowd, and it just felt really good to know that basketball season is finally back.

 20131029_mu_benwalton_wbb_swbaptist_151.jpg

Before I talk about the game, I wanted to let you guys in on our game day routine.

First we have a shoot around generally five hours before tipoff. The girls enter with a song playlist to get them pumped up. The court is usually already set up for the game, and I like that because I feel it aids to our game day focus. After some shooting drills, the team reviews offenses and defenses as well as go over the scouting report for the opposing team.

My favorite part is what comes after, the pre-game meal! I like to hear the girls talk about what positives they are shooting for in each particular game. When they are almost done eating Coach Porter comes in to speak to them, usually providing a devotional. On Tuesday he talked to them about having a strong foundation. He used a tri-pod as an example which I can actually relate to with filming practices. I thought that was funny, but he said if one leg of the tri-pod isn't standing, the tri-pod cannot fulfill its purpose, which is true. It was a good way to reflect on our own lives knowing that with a proper foundation, we too would be able to fulfill our purpose.  The girls end on a prayer and everyone comes back later to prepare for the game. We are able to take the floor one hour before tipoff.

I arrive an hour and a half before to setup, and take care of some of my manager duties.

Alex, one of our other managers and myself, are helping two of our new managers transition into the program. They are freshmen who will take our place upon graduation. Their names are Katie and Rachel.

On Tuesday I arrived earlier to assist them in our typical game day routine. I cannot believe after four years that was the last first game I will ever help set up for! But the main reason I am sharing this with you all is because I noticed after going over the process step by step with them, there really is a lot that goes into making these game days possible.

Watching event staff, media relations, game day operations, coaches, players, referees, trainers, fans, Tiger Paws, and everyone else, I could not help but to feel so much appreciation. The game day atmosphere is really a special thing. The next time you find yourself at a game be sure to send out a few extra thank you's to anyone lending a helping hand!

You can read the recap of our 79-53 win over Southwest Baptist on mutigers.com, but be sure to make it out to Mizzou Arena TOMORROW when we take on Quincy Illinois at 7p.m.!

Until then Tiger Fans,

Jordan

Blog: Tigers Freshman Make The Transition To Columbia

Throughout the University of Missouri-Columbia campus this weekend, many will be celebrating the first quarter of the school year with homecoming festivities. With the first two months of the 2013-14 school year in the books, the freshman class at Mizzou will soon be concluding their first semester in Columbia.

For the five freshman student-athletes within the Mizzou Gymnastics team, the transition from high school to college has needless to say been a whirlwind of emotions.

Anna Bowers (Matthews, N.C.), Alyson Heimsath (Houston, Texas), Angie Kern (Columbia, Mo.), Lark Pokladnik (Dallas, Texas), and Sasha Sander (Cincinnati, Ohio) all make up the current Tigers gymnastics freshman class. For each student-athlete, the experiences they've faced so far in the new collegiate atmosphere have varied.

"The first couple of months here have definitely been an adventure," said Kern. "Getting into the groove of everything from gymnastics practice, to academics, has been tough but I wouldn't change it for anything else."

Similar to her teammate, Sander notes the challenges of managing the athletics lifestyle and the academics expectations for collegiate student-athletes.

"These first months are truly ones to remember," said Sander. "There have been a lot of transition with learning how to work through a busy schedule, and finding ways to balance school and athletics."

"It has only been a couple months, but I already feel right at home and I know I'm part of something very special here at Mizzou."

Up to this point in their gymnastics career, the five freshman have experienced practices and competitions primarily within their club teams back home. As they enter the collegiate world of gymnastics and will compete against perennial power teams inside the Southeastern Conference (SEC), they know what challenges lie ahead of them.

During these first months of practices and inter-squads at the Tiger Performance Complex, the freshman class have immediately noticed the differences between the club and college atmosphere.

"It's way different," said Heimsath. "Doing gymnastics in high school is more for yourself, and getting better. College is all about the team. You work hard every day to better the team, and continue to push your teammates."

Bowers has also quickly taken in the "team" aspect of collegiate gymnastics here at Mizzou.

"The biggest transition from club to college is putting your teammates before yourself, and realizing that everything you do has an effect on the team," said Bowers. "Once you understand this you will then be ready to successfully make that transition."

As the freshman on the Mizzou roster continue their preparation for the exhibition opener on Dec. 8, 2013 against Lindenwood, they all are looking forward to the challenges ahead of them.

"I'm looking forward to competing, and being within a team atmosphere," said Pokladnik. "The SEC is no joke, so we will need all the support we can get from each other and the Mizzou fans. I believe this will be a great season, and that we will make a name for ourselves within Mizzou athletics!"

For the latest information on all things Mizzou Gymnastics, check-in to MUTigers.com. You can also follow the Tigers on social media, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram.

A Minute With the Manager: Week 4

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Hey Tiger Fans,

It's your manager Jordan again coming to you in the 4th week of our women's basketball official practices. I hope a lot of you were able to make it out to the Black and Gold Game last week. In case you didn't get the chance I will give you a quick recap. Playing on the gold team was freshmen Jordan Frericks and Sierra Michaelis, sophomores Michelle Hudyn, Darian Saunders, Lianna Doty, and Morgan Stock, and junior Bree Fowler. Playing for black was freshman Kayla McDowell, sophomores Maddie Stock and Lindsey Cunningham, junior Morgan Eye, and seniors Bri Kulas and Tania Jackson. Also suited up for black was redshirt freshman Davionna Holmes.

ClaytonHotze_WBB_Oct_15_Selects-3139.jpgCoach Pingeton grabbed the mic before the game thanking fans for their continued and future support, expressing how proud she already was of this team. Bri Kulas led gold with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Black remained on top until a tied half of 16 to 16. Jordan Frericks led gold with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Lianna Doty added 7 points and 5 rebounds. The gold pair also combined for 4 assists. In the end gold came out on top with a final score of 29 to 26.

The Black and Gold Game made me really excited for the first home exhibition game against Southwest Baptist at 7pm on October 29th, which is just next week! After seeing the girls in practice for weeks and finally seeing them in a game situation I think we really have something special for fans to look forward to watching this season.

SEC Conference play will not start for the Tigers until January 2014, but SEC Media Day for women's basketball launched last Wednesday on October 16th.  Accompanying Coach Pingeton to Birmingham, Alabama was junior Morgan Eye who was last season's NCAA Division 1 Statistical Champion for 3 pointers made as well as SEC Co-6th Man of the Year. Both Morgan Eye and senior Bri Kulas were named to the SEC Preseason All-Conference Teams by College Sports Madness. Kulas on second team, Eye named to third.

This past weekend was an eventful one for the women's basketball program. They were announced at the football game against Florida which resulted in a huge win, and before the game the girls participated in The Mizzou Experience at the Hearnes Center where they interacted and played basketball with kids as well.

Remember fans there are plenty of ways to keep up with your Missouri Women's Basketball team outside of this blog. On mutigers.com there is constantly news stories, releases, player features, and much more about your Lady Tigers as well as the On the Prowl video posts, the most recent one features your Head Coach Robin Pingeton. You can like Mizzou Women's Basketball on Facebook, and follow the team on both Twitter and Instagram @MIZZOUWBB. With the season vastly approaching make sure you are keeping up with everything going on in the wonderful world of Mizzou Women's Basketball.

 Until next time,

                Jordan

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