E-Mails from E-Crane (Monday, July 1)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. 

The JWNT began competition at the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, July 1, in resounding fashion. The Red, White and Blue defeated Great Britain in four innings by a run-rule score of 10-0. Playing in left field, Crane batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored

Hey guys! I'M IN CANADA!

This is so crazy! So you would think being in Canada is extremely different than the United States, but it's really not. The big change for most of us was the money! Of course, the use of our phones too. Canada has coin dollars instead of paper dollars for smaller amounts of money, so when we go places and have to pay there's been a lot of "We aren't from here, could you help us out?". Haha - but it has been a great experience!

Today we had the wonderful opportunity of waking up at 5:30 a.m. to play in our very first international game. I must say, waking up wasn't too bad until it got to this afternoon and it hit me... I'm pooped! But back on track - the game! We played Great Britain and it was very interesting seeing how other countries play the game. We won 10-0, and we didn't let up for anyone! It was a great way to get started in the tournament, and I'm hoping we keep this kind of play up because this could be a special week.

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Oh, I almost forgot! MY FAMILY HAS ARRIVED! Half of them, anyway. I seriously can't pray to God enough and thank Him for allowing my family to travel like they do to chase me around the country... and OUT of the country! Having this kind of support means so much to me, especially when I'm out on the field. Just knowing that someone is up in the stands always supporting you really helps you relax and have more fun with what you're doing. 

So far Mom, Dad and Grandma Betty have come out to cheer our team on. They are something else up in those stands! I have never seen my mom so decked out in Red, White and Blue, and waving her flag. It's simply awesome! I also have been so blessed that my Great Aunt Dot drove 10 hours from Maryland just to catch a few games. I couldn't be any happier about this experience and getting to share it with so many people I care about. Tomorrow we will round out the family gang when my sister Eliz and best friend Rand show up to join the big superfan section. I can't wait to see those two!

Tonight we are heading to the tournament's opening ceremonies. I'm super excited! I've heard there will be a band and a parade of all the teams. Better yet - they are feeding us dinner! You can't beat free food! I'll be sure to take lots of pictures! I'll be tweeting and posting to Instagram and Vine, so you can keep up! I hope everyone has had a wonderful day and God bless!

Over and out (and thanks for reading!),
#2 Emily Crane


More Mizzou Memorable Moments

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.  

E-Mails from E-Crane (Tuesday, June 25)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. 

The JWNT played exhibition games in Glenville, W. Va., on June 24, with Crane batting 3-for-7 overall in the doubleheader, recording one double, two runs and one RBI. The squad next heads to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Hey guys, I'm back! 

This trip has been crazy, and I am so blessed to be here! The rest of the girls on the Junior National Team are amazing, and what we are doing is even more amazing. Getting to know everyone wasn't such a challenge, because they are all just as excited to be here as I am. 

We have been getting along great, which makes playing the games so much more fun. Which by the way, may I include, is the coolest thing ever. Playing for Team USA is a lot of fun! Everyone is up in the dugout, all cheering for our team. We are all about one goal. It is very cool getting the chance to play with a team with this much push and drive. It's just really special.

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Last night (June 24), we played exhibition games here in Glenville, W. Va., and I was playing in center field! It was awesome to be out there wearing the Red, White and Blue across my chest. Getting the feel of the outfield again and the grass under my cleats was like catching up with an old friend. Haha... it was fun! I even got to track down a fly ball and it was awesome! Needless to say, these games have been like no other!

Today is our youth clinic, which I'm actually headed to right now. I love, love, LOVE little kids so this should be fun! I can't wait to show them all that I've learned from such great people. I hope everybody has a great day! And maybe even play a little ball today!

Thanks for all your continued support through this very awesome journey! 

#2 Emily Crane


Blogging with Becca: Week 3

The excitement of this week is the commencement of an exciting TPC improvement. The process of installing mirrors in the gym has begun! On Tuesday morning, the workers started the construction of a wall next to the floor on which the mirrors will be placed. We didn't think our gym could get any better, but we are so excited for this new upgrade!

 

We are back on our normal practice schedule after camp week, which gives us more time to practice and work on new skills. John is setting up lots of drills on bars to improve our technique and create consistency. Also, we are hitting our stride on the floor music search, with help from Casey Jo, and finally narrowing down the options to find the perfect music for each of our dancing styles.

 

We're always proud of the work we put in with Coach Jackson during morning conditioning, but this week was particularly challenging and thus, particularly rewarding. We conquered some of our very "favorite" workouts, which included running on the outdoor track as well as around the stadium football field. So right now, our legs might hate us a bit, and we might be avoiding all staircases in Columbia, but that only means we will be stronger next week and ready for more. Bring it on Coach Jackson!

 

Lastly, the team did an awesome bonding activity this week with our Sports Psychologist, Scotta, where we took a test and discovered each of our signature strengths. We met as a team with our support staff, shared with each other, and put our strengths up on our lockers. As we learn to recognize and affirm each other's individual gifts, we're becoming closer not only as teammates, but as a little Tiger family. And with all of this, the championship culture is surely being built.

 

Thanks for checking in! See you next week!

E-Mails from E-Crane (Wednesday, June 19)

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Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction. The JWNT will play exhibition games in Glenville, W. Va., on June 24 before heading to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

WHAT IS UP EVERYBODY! It's E.Crane!

I'm pretty excited for this whole experience with USA Softball's Junior National Team. Getting to blog for the first time is an interesting thing to do to keep everybody in the loop about how my trip is going too. I really hope the fans enjoy what I have to say because, like I said, I am super excited!

But you know what I am the least excited about? PACKING! Really though, there are just so many things you have to consider when you are going on a trip. My important checklist below:

#1 Make sure you take what you need, but don't take your whole house.
This is my number one problem. I either take too many clothes or too many shoes. It's one of the two.

#2 Is it going to be hot? Is it going to be cold?
WHO KNOWS? So naturally, you have to pack one of everything and then obviously a spare just in case something gets dirty. 

#3 Do you need to go pick up anything from the store?
Once you know that answer you either go to the store to get what you need or move on to the next question.

#4 What are the three things you can't forget since Mom isn't there to make sure you don't leave without them?
Mom would say my uniforms and ball equipment are the most important things. She would be right, however, I like to consider these next three things pretty important as well:

-Passport
-Money
-Gum for the plane (Well I guess you should take snacks too. Either way, with or without Mom, you definitely need snacks.)

#5 The real question: How do you know where to start?
When you only leave for a week, packing isn't too hard. I mean, you take a few outfits, your uniforms, then your basic bathroom needs and you can make it through that week. BUT TWO-AND-A-HALF WEEKS? Now we're talking serious packing business. So the big question I find myself asking is, "Where do I begin?" So I decided to start with this checklist.

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Once I mastered packing, the reality began to kick in. I'm actually going to leave the U.S. and get the chance of a lifetime to represent my wonderful country playing the sport I love. I guess what's so hard for me to grasp is that this is real life, and that I'm not dreaming!

There was a time when I was little that I dreamed about being on Team USA and getting to wear the Red, White and Blue... I just wanted to do it on the soccer team! Weird to think about, I know! God led me down the softball path instead. That is why I can truthfully say I had never dreamed about actually getting this kind of opportunity. I am seriously so blessed to be in this position. One out of 17 girls is a pretty special thing and I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

Thanks for all the support, kind words and thoughts, and especially for reading and I'll be sure to keep you posted! MIZ!

Over and out,
#2 Emily Crane



Blogging With Becca: Week 2

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Hey there Tiger fans!

 

This post is comin' to you straight from a good ol' Mizzou dorm room...with children surrounding...because it's CAMP WEEK! Many of the girls on the team are coaching and several of us are also counselors, so we stay overnight in the dorms with the campers. It's always fun to experience gymnastics from the other side--as the coach rather than the athlete--not only as a lesson in understanding technique but also as a lesson in patience!

 

We've learned lots of names, searched for plenty of lost room keys and walked our fair share of miles transporting the kids around campus. But there's been no shortage of energy, laughs and hanging together as a team, even if it's in the lounge of Discovery Residence Hall after bed checks!

 

We've put in some time in the gym this week as well--taking part of our lunch and dinner breaks to practice and condition. And now, we have officially welcomed all three coaches into the Tiger family! Together, Shannon, John and Casey Jo are quite the dynamic trio. They are incredibly knowledgeable in the coaching department, and they each provide their own style and humor. It's awesome to see them all so thrilled to be Tigers, and "earning their stripes" as they use their handy dandy maps to make their way around campus...yes you, John!

 

So, summer is in full swing now and we are hitting the ground running, with lots of little Tiger campers cheering us on.

Memorable Moments from the 2012-13 Season: Tennessee

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 By:  Jordan Cook, Media Relations student assistant

The summer is here, and that means quite a few things for Missouri Women's Basketball. The team is back on campus for classes, workouts have begun, and camps will soon commence.

For most people the summer is a time for relaxation, for Missouri Women's Basketball it will be a time for rejuvenation. The Tigers finished the 2012-2013 season with a remarkable post season appearance in the WNIT, their first post season tournament appearance since the 2006-2007 season. The Tigers will look to do even bigger things this coming season, and the summer will help prepare them for that.

While looking ahead is good, we would be remiss if we didn't look back at the achievements of the 2012-13 season. One memorable moment to reflect on would be the win over Tennessee here at Mizzou Arena on February 3, 2013.

It was the inaugural SEC season for most Mizzou sports, and that meant a slew of new opponents. The first Tennessee match up for the Tigers was just their third conference game, and the Lady Vols had the home court advantage. The Mizzou Women were 1-1 in the SEC previously, but after a brutal battle, Tennessee would give them their second loss in the conference play. The next time around, however, it was a different story.

The Tigers had just come off of a huge home win over Florida (69-64) when they welcomed Tennessee to Mizzou Arena on Feb. 2 in front of the season's best crowd of 4,181 fans.  It was the annual alumni game and Blackout game, and what a special game it would be for those in attendance.

The Tigers pounced on the No. 9-ranked Lady Vols from the beginning, and at the half they were only down by three with a score of 37-34. What happened after the break certainly made for a memorable contest. The Tigers led for a majority of the second half, ending in a 17 point win with a score of 80-63 over one of the best teams in the history of women's college basketball.

Junior Bri Kulas and sophomore Morgan Eye played a huge part in Missouri's victory, registering 20 and 26 points, respectively. The Tigers also outscored the Lady Vols 34-3 off the bench and Mizzou won the assist battle, 23-6.

The last time Mizzou upset a top-10 opponent was against #10 Baylor back on January 23, 2010 in Big 12 play. After the celebration in the locker room, Head Coach Robin Pingeton called it "another brick in laying the foundation". It will be exciting to see what more bricks the future will bring.

Tennessee may have been the second loss for Mizzou in their inaugural SEC season, but Mizzou would be Tennessee's first SEC loss in the 2012-2013 season. The Tigers will forever remember what it feels like to come out victorious over the winningest program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.  

                                                                                                 

Blogging with Becca

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Tiger Fans, junior Becca Johnson will be keeping you all up to date on the happenings with Mizzou Gymnastics this summer. Check in to her blog each week to stay in the know about your Tigers!

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Mizzou Gymnastics is back on campus for summer training!

We had our first practice on Monday with our new head coach, Shannon Welker. He brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion to the gym and the team is excited to move forward under his direction. This summer, we are focusing on developing team chemistry and a "championship culture" by training together each day and building relationships outside of the gym.

Several tigers are returning from injuries suffered during the 2013 season. With everyone able to participate on at least one event, the energy in the gym is high and we celebrate the little successes of each day. Lots of new skills are being learned and old skills are being polished with help from Shannon.  

We have workouts at 7:15am with our strength coach to do conditioning and weight lifting. Starting our days together with challenging workouts has left us with a feeling of unity and hunger for more. We bond over sore muscles, post-workout chocolate milk and the mutual dread of the cold tubs. But we know we are getting stronger, and right now it is all about progress. Together, the team is already making strides to become the SEC team we know we can be. And for us, that's a great place to start off the summer!

 

 

Morgan Eye Is National Three-Point Leader

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In her sophomore season, Morgan Eye netted a total of 112 three-point field goals through 32 games. Eye finished the 2012-13 season as the NCAA Division I National Statistical Champion as she averaged 3.5 three-point field goals per game.

 

Her 112 three-pointers this past season stand as Mizzou and Southeastern Conference season records. The previous Mizzou best was set at 109 threes made by Alyssa Hollins in the 2007-08 season. The Southeastern Conference record was previously set at 108 by Mississippi State's Alexis Rack in 2010.

 

Not only did Eye set season records this season, but she set a new single-game record when she knocked down 11 three-pointers in Mizzou's first home SEC competition against Auburn. Eye's 11 threes broke the previous record of eight three-pointers in a game, which she also set against UT Martin. Before this season, Mizzou's single-game best was set at seven, reached by Julie Helm, Alyssa Hollins and Amanda Hanneman.

 

Eye was named Co-Sixth Woman of the Year by the Southeastern Conference this season and also earned the team's Free Throw Award at Mizzou's post season banquet. She shot a team-leading 79-percent from the charity stripe this season.  

 

As a team, the Tigers had a record-breaking season as well, tallying 17 wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Not only that, but Mizzou advanced to the Post-Season WNIT, marking the first time that a Mizzou team has reached postseason play since the 2006-07 season as well. The Tigers landed three Tigers on All-SEC teams this season, and senior Liz Smith earned a spot on the SEC Community Service team.

Here's a look at how the second day of practice was covered during and immediately afterward:

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