Ryan Rosburg and the Tigers face Oklahoma State in Kansas City on Dec. 30.
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball fans in Kansas City will be treated to a double-header on Dec. 30 as Head Coach Robin Pingeton's women's basketball team will face the Missouri State Lady Bears at Sprint Center prior to the Mizzou men's game against Oklahoma State later that evening.
Game times for both contests will be announced at a later date by the Southeastern Conference and ESPN and the women's game will begin four hours prior to the men's contest.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play in Kansas City at Sprint Center in a double header with our men's team," head coach Robin Pingeton said. "The support of our Mizzou fans in that area is tremendous and we expect an exciting environment playing an in-state rivalry game with Missouri State."
"I believe the Missouri versus Missouri State match-up is a positive game on our schedule," Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper said. "Our Lady Bear fans get excited about the in-state rivalry. We know that it is a competitive and challenging game, and playing in Kansas City gives us an opportunity to play in front of a new audience"
With today's double-header announcement, tickets for the Tuesday games are on sale now for Tiger Scholarship Fund members and basketball season ticket holders. All priority seating, pre-sale tickets are available online only by visiting mutigers.com/myaccount. Fans purchasing a seat to the men's game will also receive a general admission ticket to the women's contest. Tickets to the Dec. 30 double-header start as low as $15.
The general public on-sale date for the games is scheduled for August 18. Once the priority seating deadline (5 p.m. on Aug. 15) has passed, fans will be required to purchase their tickets through the Sprint Center Box Office. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets to the women's game only through the Sprint Center starting August 18. Those tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths. A separate ticket for both games will be issued, as the arena will be cleared between contests. Tickets will be available through the Sprint Center Box Office by calling 1-888-929-7849 or online at SprintCenter.com. Tickets are also available at the Sprint Center Box Office located at the intersection of 14th Street and Grand Boulevard.
"We are excited the Missouri Women's Basketball Team will be back in Kansas City on December 30 at the Sprint Center," said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. "What a thrill to have the MU Women's Basketball team play Missouri State in this double header with the Mizzou men playing Oklahoma State. This will be an exciting evening for the student-athletes and Mizzou fans."
The Dec. 30 appearance will mark Mizzou's first game inside the Sprint Center in Mizzou Women's Basketball history, and will be the Tigers' first game in Kansas City since the 2012 Big 12 Tournament. The Tigers lead Missouri State 17-9 in the all-time series, with the last meeting coming Dec. 19, 2013 in Springfield.
With four returning starters and a strong base of veteran players this season, the Tigers are poised for a successful season. Mizzou also added three new newcomers, freshmen Carrie Shephard and Bri Porter, as well as transfer Juanita Robinson.
Mizzou Men's Basketball is returning to Kansas City for the second consecutive season and will be facing Oklahoma State for the 119th time in series history. The Tigers and Cowboys last met at Sprint Center on March 8, 2012, with the Tigers earning an 88-70 win en route to the 2012 Big 12 Tournament title. Mizzou Basketball has won six consecutive games at Sprint Center.
Head Coach Kim Anderson's Tigers will be one of the youngest squads in college basketball this season. The Tigers have nine newcomers entering the program and the club's 2014 recruiting class was ranked among the Top 15 nationally by various recruiting outlets. Three freshmen, Jakeenan Gant, Montaque Gill-Caesar and Namon Wright, were each ranked among the Top 75 players in their class and give Mizzou Basketball its largest incoming group of freshmen since 2008-09.
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