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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