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This past Friday, our team got the chance to work a basketball clinic for the Special Olympics.  It was an awesome night!  We met some pretty amazing people and the night was full of laughter and high fives.  There were about 120 participants and we went through a couple of stations and there was scrimmaging at the end of the night.  It was a ton of fun for everyone.  At the end of the night, all of us felt blessed to have had the opportunity to be apart of such a special night.

 

This past weekend, Paige went back home with me to Canton.  We had a great day outdoors.  We rode horses and the four wheeler after watching the football game! By the way, what an awesome game!!  I even helped one of our Amish neighbor's goats get it's head out of the fence.  It was a great day out in the country!

 

Peace, Love and Basketball.

 

Tori Niemann

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Saturday at the football game, our team got to do something pretty neat.  We were recognized on the football field at the beginning of the second quarter.  It was so cool to be down on the field and so close to the action.  We could really see how hard those guys hit!  After we were announced, we went up to the concourse level and signed our new posters for anyone that wanted to come by.  We had a great turnout!  It was great to see so many fans excited for the season.  If you haven't seen our poster for this year, you need to check it out!  I think you're going to like it.
 
Sunday night, some of us were able to catch Christine's game on ESPN 2.  She did awesome!  It was so cool to see our teammate wearing the USA uniform playing on an ESPN channel.  We're so proud of her, but we're ready for her to come home!
 
One more week until our first exhibition game!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

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Tori

We've started the second week of practice.  We now only have 11 more practices until our first exhibition game! I can't believe how fast the season has came.  Practices are going good and everyone is working hard.

Homecoming was great this past weekend! On Friday, Maggie's parents came into town and grilled out for all of us.  It was a great meal and a lot of fun to sit around and just hang out as a team.  On Saturday, most of us met up and were able to sit together at the game.  The stadium was packed and it was a lot of fun to be apart of it all!  

For the next two weeks, we will be missing Christine.  She will be in Mexico representing the US at the Pan-America Games.  Our team is so proud of her!  It already sounds like she is having a great time and really enjoying her experience. 

On Monday evening, the MU Athletic Department held a Women for Women event.  We met at the Sells Dining Hall in the MATC and listened for about an hour about how we can empower ourselves.  It was a great event! It was very informative and I feel like it really brought all of the MU female athletes together.  One of the speakers said that as a female athlete here, we have not only the sisters on our team, but 200 sisters that make up all of the female athletes.  That's a pretty cool feeling; knowing that there's 200 girls that care and will have one another's backs. We're truly lucky to have such a huge and loving family.

Peace, Love and Basketball.

Tori Niemann

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Monday was the first official practice! It was so good to have Coach P out on the court with us.  It was the first time our entire team and staff had been on the floor together.  Before practice started, we all met in the film room and watched a little inspirational video.  It was awesome!  It talked about wanting success just as you want air to breathe and all of the hard work you have to put in to achieve success.  Everyone went out to practice with a great level of intensity after seeing that video! I know it's only day one, but the season is off to a good start!  I think someone said there's around 22 days until our first game!

This past weekend a lot of us went back home.  It was one of the last free weekends we will have so most of us took advantage of it.  I got to attend the wedding of two of my friends.  I actually played the harp as the bride and her bridal party walked down the isle.  It was a neat experience!  It's always good to be back home around family and friends.

Homecoming is this weekend! I know I'm excited to go to the game and be apart of such a great Mizzou tradition!

Peace, Love and Basketball.

Tori Niemann

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One more week until official practice starts!  Monday we had the whole team workout together with the assistant coaches.  It was like a real practice, but not quite.  Coach P wasn't running the practice but we still did similar drills.  It was great to have everyone on the court together in a practice-like atmosphere! 
 
This past Friday, we had our video shoot.  By video shoot, I mean the five second clip that plays on the score board when you're announced or the images of the eyes that go around the arena during free throws.  It was so fun to shoot these!  It's always awkward, but us girls really enjoy it.  Also, some of us had to say a few lines.  These were hilarious to watch!  I'm sure there is a great blooper roll out there somewhere.  It took most people a couple of takes to get their lines down perfectly.  With saying the lines, we were supposed to say them as if we were speaking to the crowd.  Well, there obviously wasn't a crowd at the video shoot, it was just us speaking into the camera.  So we all had to get out of our comfort zones and act a little!  I think most of us make better basketball players than actresses!
 
This upcoming season is going to be a special one, I can feel it.  This group of girls gets along great and we all want success for each other. 
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

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What a weekend! On Saturday, Christine and I left our house in Columbia at 8 a.m. and started the drive to Norman, Oklahoma.  We made the trip in eight hours and had a few good laughs along the way.  We definitely struggled with the tolls! We couldn't ever figure out how much the toll was and then when we would throw the change in, it wouldn't give us the green light.  I'm sure it was quite a sight to see me and Christine yelling at the toll light to just turn green! The game was a lot of fun. It's always fun to be in a different atmosphere. Nothing beats Mizzou though!
 
Throughout the game, I realized how great MU fans are.  Christine and I were sitting in a small MU section and I realized how all MU fans come together.  It doesn't matter if they don't know you, if you're in your black and gold, then you have automatic friends.  MU fans are always so friendly and supportive!
 
The drive back home was a little more difficult.  We left after the game, around midnight, and got home at 8 a.m.  It was so weird to start driving when it was dark and then see the sun rise.  We went 24 hours without sleep!  Luckily, we got to sleep and take it easy on Sunday. 
 
On Friday, we had the team golf outing.  It was a lot of fun! It was great seeing and talking to so many of our supporters. We have the greatest fans!  It was really neat to hear some of Coach Rutherford's stories, too!
 
The season is almost here!
 
Peace, Love and Basketball.
 
Tori Niemann

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Last Monday was our team picture day, but this past Friday was our team photo shoot for our poster and our individual posters.  It was so much fun! The pictures were supposed to be game like and we all had to keep straight faces.  Do you know how hard it is to keep a straight face around our team? We were all busting out with laughter after trying to hold serious faces in front of each other.  We were all practicing our "tough" faces before we took our individual pictures.  I'm sure it was quite a sight for anyone watching us!
 
If there was an outsider watching our team, off the court, they would see our team in constant laughter.  I think that's what's special about our team.  Every single one of us gets along great with each other and we are always having fun.  It doesn't matter if it's after scrimmaging, at a photo shoot or at dinner, we are always cracking jokes and just having a blast.  I love that I know I can walk into our locker room and instantly have my day get better from just by being around my teammates.
 
This Saturday Christine and I are making the trip to Oklahoma to cheer on the boys at the football game.  It's going to be a long trip and there's a good possibility we'll come back with some stories of getting lost or who knows what! Wish us luck!
 
And just an update, we haven't had any kitchen fires at our new apartment.  But that also may be because I haven't cooked anything yet and I don't think Paige has used the oven either!

 

Peace, Love and Basketball

 

Tori Niemann

Very cool news coming out of a study undertaken by The Media Audit.  This company just did a study of the top college football TV markets, and Mizzou comes in at #10!  A direct link to the report is here:


Here's the text of the report, taken from The Media Audit's website (www.themediaudit.com):

What do Crimson Tide, Badgers, Buckeyes, and Wolverines all have in common?  According to a new national report issued from The Media Audit, each is a team belonging to some of the top college football towns in America. According to The Media Audit, 77.1% of adults in Birmingham, Alabama regularly follow college football on TV or radio. As a result, Birmingham ranks as the top metro market among college football fans.

Madison, Wisconsin, home of the University of Wisconsin's Badgers, ranks second in the national poll, with 74.1% of the metro area's adults who regularly follow college football, followed by Columbus Ohio (73.5%), Little Rock, Arkansas (71.9%), and Ann Arbor, Michigan (71.5%).  Among all U.S. adults, 47.4% regularly follow college football, a figure that represents more than 68 million fans across The Media Audit's 80 measured markets.

Collegiate football fans make ideal targets for many advertisers, including automotive, home improvement, and travel and leisure. According to the same study, 22.3% of college football fans are homeowners earning more than $100,000 in annual household income, and 26.5% have liquid assets in excess of $100,000. As a result, these fans can afford luxury automobiles and frequently travel.  Among these same fans, they are 35% more likely than the general population to be planning the purchase of an automobile priced over $30,000 and 16% more likely to already own a luxury vehicle such as a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, or Porsche.   Furthermore, college football fans are 18% more likely to be planning a cruise in the next two years, and 42% more likely to be frequent domestic air travelers.

Rounding out the top ten college football markets are Toledo, Ohio (71.3% regularly follow college football on TV or radio), followed by Omaha, Nebraska (70.7%), Jacksonville, Florida (68.9%), Boise, Idaho (68.8%), and Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri (68.1%), home of the University of Missouri Tigers.

Studies were conducted in 80 metro markets between January 2010 and March 2011 among more than 104,000 respondents. For more information, contact The Media Audit. 

Mizzou-ASU TV Ratings at Hit

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Just got an update from Tim Allen in the Big 12 Conference office about the TV ratings for the past weekend of football on the ESPN/ABC family.  The results show that the Mizzou-Arizona State game had great numbers, especially given the fact that the game was late night on Friday.  The Mizzou-ASU game pulled the 4th-highest numbers of 15 games that aired over the extended weekend on the ESPN/ABC networks, and Mr. Allen said that ESPN was very pleased with the numbers of eyes on the Tigers last Friday.

For you number crunchers, here's a look at everything we were just given:

Date/Network/Time/Teams/Rating/Approx. Viewers
Sept. 10 - ESPN/8 p.m. - Notre Dame/Michigan - 5.2 rating / 7.54 million
Sept. 10 - ABC/3:30 p.m. - Alabama/Penn State - 3.9 / 6.08 
Sept. 10 - ESPN/4:30 p.m. - South Carolina/Georgia - 2.8 / 3.94
Sept. 9 - ESPN/10:30 p.m. - Mizzou/Arizona State - 2.0 / 2.54
Sept. 10 - ESPN/12 p.m. - Oregon State/Wisconsin - 1.8 / 2.04
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/7 p.m. - BYU/Texas - 1.5 / 2.09
Sept. 9 - ESPN/7 p.m. - Florida International/Louisville - 1.4 / 1.65
Sept. 8 - ESPN/8 p.m. - Arizona/Oklahoma State - 1.1 / 1.50
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/3:30 p.m. - Cincinnati/Tennessee - 0.7 / 0.915
Sept. 10 - ESPN2/12 p.m. - Florida Atlantic/Michigan State - 0.5 / 0.640
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/7 p.m. - New Mexico/Arkansas - 0.4 / 0.579
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/12 p.m. - Central Michigan/Kentucky - 0.3 / 0.331
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/3:30 p.m. - Stanford/Duke - 0.3 / 0.312
Sept. 10 - ESPNU/10:30 p.m. - South Carolina State/Bethune-Cookman - 0.1 / .072
Sept. 8 - ESPNU/7:30 p.m. - Florida A&M/Hampton - 0.1 / .070

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Monday was picture day! We took individual and team pictures in the arena.  We had to dress up for some of the photos and wear our uniform for the others.  It was quite a scene in the locker room when we were getting ready! Everyone came in from class in their t-shirts and shorts and we all changed into skirts, dresses and shirts with ruffles.  The bathroom was full of us girls trying to straighten our hair and do our makeup.  We clean up pretty nicely if I do say so myself! The coaches looked good too!  It's always nice to see our whole team dressed up because so much of the time we are in basketball shorts and t-shirts.  But we all survived picture day and hopefully all of the pictures turn out nicely! 
 
This past week I had to write a blog for one of my classes and I thought I would share a little bit of what I wrote.  The topic was my team.
 
I don't think anyone fully understands what a team means unless they are a part of the team.  Unless they can say that's my team.  And I don't mean a fan in the crowd cheering for their school, which they may call their team.  Most people can cheer for a team, but could they handle being a member of that team?  Being on a team means you have a team first mentality.  Every decision you make affects the team and you must always put the team first.
Being on a team, my team, means we go through the trenches together.
 
Every day we grind it out in practice and physically and mentally exhaust ourselves trying to push one another to get better.  Every day we challenge the next girl to lift more weight than they did on the last set.  How many girls do you know that would feel comfortable bench pressing over a hundred pounds? Being on a team means that in practice we constantly battle, but we know that there are no hard feelings once practice is over.  How many girls do you know that wouldn't make a big deal if one of their friends shoved them in the back or hit them with an elbow?
 
Being on a team, my team, means that I know I have 13 sisters, yes sisters, not just friends.  When I'm on the baseline about to run sprints, I can always look to my right or my left and see my sisters right next to me.  When I feel like I can't push myself any harder, I know that my sisters are next to me to give me that extra energy.  I know that my team will never give up on me and will never leave me.  That's a pretty incredible bond, knowing that no matter what, my sisters will always support me.  How many people have that bond with 13 other people?
 
My team has shared moments that have brought us so close together that not many people could understand.  The phrase "blood, sweat and tears" really does apply to the bond my team has.  There are always scratches on one another from playing against each other.  At the end of the day our workout gear is soaked in sweat.  And there have been many long talks and heart to hearts with one another, whether it's in the locker room or outside of the arena, where there have been tears.  It's okay to cry on my team.  The emotions are real.  When one of my teammates experiences sadness, the rest of us do as well.  When someone is happy, we feel that way too.  It's all love.
 
Not many people could handle what all comes with being on a team.  But I couldn't handle not being on my team.
 
Peace, Love and Basketball
 
Tori Niemann

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