Mizzou Celebrates Winningest Season in Nine Years
Mizzou and Michigan Face off at 6 p.m. Thursday
Mizzou will advance to the second round of postseason play for the first time since 2003
Mizzou is set to face Northern Iowa on Thursday
Tigers are set to face Northern Iowa on Thursday
Missouri Women's Basketball vs. Auburn
Missouri Women's Basketball vs. Kentucky
Missouri Women's Basketball vs. South Carolina
Missouri Women's Basketball vs. UT Martin
Missouri Women's Basketball vs. Colorado
Since stepping foot on Mizzou's campus in 2010, head coach Robin Pingeton has led the Mizzou Women's Basketball program to new heights. After back-to-back winning seasons and postseason appearances, Pingeton's high expectations have not wavered. As she enters her fifth year at the helm of the program, the journey is just beginning for Pingeton and her staff.
With one season of SEC play under their belt, Pingeton's Tigers came into the 2013-14 season with a vengeance, recording wins over two ranked foes in No. 25 Georgia and No. 16 Vanderbilt. The Tigers closed the season with a 17-14 record and advanced to the Postseason WNIT for the second year in a row. Not only that, but Mizzou broke its own three-point shooting records with 292 three-pointers made. The number stands not only as Missouri record but also an SEC record. In addition, Pingeton's squad topped Bradley early in the season, 126-65, to reset the school's single-game and single-half scoring records.
Pingeton's recruiting talents were once again on hand last season as Mizzou's three true freshmen proved to be the most productive incoming class since the 1996-97 season. The trio of newcomers, Jordan Frericks, Kayla McDowell and Sierra Michaelis averaged 17.9 points per game on 44.4-percent shooting while ripping down 13.5 rebounds per outing and dishing out 2.6 assists per game. Pingeton's Tigers were successful from bottom to top as senior All-SEC First Team selection Bri Kulas sat among conference leaders averaging 18.3 points per game. Kulas became Mizzou's seventh all-time WNBA draft pick as she was selected by the San Antonio Stars in the third round of the 2014 WNBA draft.
Pingeton's Tigers have also successfully proved themselves as standouts off the court as several Tigers were again given academic honors from the Southeastern Conference. Sophomore Lianna Doty was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year while seven Tigers in Doty, Lindsey Cunningham, Michelle Hudyn, Maddie Stock, Morgan Stock, Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye were all named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. Under Pingeton's tutelage, Missouri has seen a consistent increase in academic recognition each season. Missouri has also consistently worked to better the Columbia area by volunteering in the community. The Tigers put in more than 350 hours of community service during the 2013-14 season, an increase from the 333 hours the team spent volunteering during the 2012-13 season.
In their inaugural season in the SEC, the Tigers showed that they would be a force to be reckoned with under Pingeton's guidance. In addition to setting numerous school and SEC records, the Tigers posted a 17-15 record, made the post season for the first time since 2007 and knocked off three top 25 teams on their way to a respectable finish in the conference. Sophomore Morgan Eye lit up the nets on her way to finishing the year as one of, if not the best, three-point shooter in Division I. Eye led the country in three-point shooting, set the Mizzou single game record for threes and set the SEC record for threes in a season.
The 2012-2013 season under Pingeton showed that a solid foundation has been laid and the future is bright for Mizzou Women's Basketball. Not only did the Tigers knock off 12th ranked South Carolina and NCAA tournament bound Florida, but the Tigers took down perennial power Tennessee in a victory that many of her peers say is a "program changer." Through the recruiting efforts of Pingeton and her staff, three Tigers earned SEC recognition for their efforts and contributions on the court. Freshman guard Lianna Doty made the SEC All-Freshman Team, junior Bri Kulas earned All-SEC Second Team honors and Morgan Eye was recognized as the Co-6th Woman of the Year. Following the season, four Tigers were named to the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, and five freshman were named to the 2012-13 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
Pingeton reinvigorated the Tiger program from the moment she stepped on campus. In her initial season, Missouri posted a 13-18 overall record and a 5-11 mark in Big 12 Conference play, the best for the team since 2006-07. The Tigers accomplished these feats despite playing the seventh-toughest schedule in the nation, a slate that featured 16 games against teams who qualified for the NCAA Tournament and 10 games against ranked opponents.
Mizzou recorded three wins against those ranked foes, a 54-45 win over No. 12 Georgetown in the Paradise Jam, an 85-80 overtime victory over No. 22 Texas in the Big 12 opener and a 49-48 win against No. 23 Iowa State in the regular season finale. The three wins over ranked opponents were the most for the Tigers since the 2000-01 season. Additionally, Mizzou's win over Texas ended a 12-game losing streak to the Longhorns, dating back to 2001, and was only the second time the Tigers had defeated the Longhorns.
The Tigers' success continued in the 2011-12 season as Mizzou started out with a 10-1 record, the program's best start since the 2006-07 season when Mizzou began the year 12-1. Under Pingeton's direction, the Tigers went undefeated through the first five games for the first time since 1997. Not only that, but with Pingeton's coaching, senior Christine Flores became the first Tiger to record a triple-double since 1995. Flores set several new records at Mizzou including the most blocks in her career (209) and in a single season (93) before being drafted to the WNBA.
Before taking the reins at Mizzou on April 8, 2010, Pingeton spent seven years leading the Illinois State Redbirds, where she amassed a 144-81 (.640) record and brought the Redbird program back to national prominence. During her tenure, she led the school to three straight Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season titles, two State Farm Missouri Valley Tournament championships, a school-best four straight 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament berths and three WNIT appearances en route to Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2010. In her last three seasons at ISU, Pingeton compiled an 81-23 (.779) mark to put together the best three-year span in Illinois State history.
In 2009-10, Pingeton led the Redbirds to their third consecutive Missouri Valley Regular Season title, the semifinals of the WNIT and a 28-8 record. In Illinois State's WNIT run, the team earned wins over Butler, Purdue, Illinois and Kansas. The 28 wins tied the 1980-81 Illinois State team for the most in program history and assured the team of at least 22 wins for the fourth straight year. Her efforts garnered Russell Athletic / Women's Basketball Coaches Association Region Six Coach of the Year and Missouri Valley Coach of the Year accolades.
Pingeton's 2008-09 squad went 27-8 and had a 16-5 conference mark as the team earned its first ever outright Missouri Valley Regular Season title and advanced to the WNIT semifinals. One year earlier, the Redbirds went 26-7 to post the second-best winning percentage (.788) in school history, earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament and claimed the State Farm Missouri Valley Tournament title and a share of the regular season crown.
In her first year on the Illinois State sideline, Pingeton earned Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors after a 16-13 mark, the first winning season for the Redbirds in seven seasons. The following year Illinois State earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1989 after claiming the Missouri Valley Tournament Championship. Pingeton then led the team to a 22-11 record in 2006-07, Illinois State's first 20-win season since 1989-90. Pingeton spent three seasons on Bill Fennelly's staff at Iowa State, including the 2002-03 season as the associate head coach. During her time in Ames, Iowa State went 66-33, made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won the 2001 Big 12 Tournament title.
Pingeton started her head coaching career at her alma mater, St. Ambrose, in 1992. In eight seasons, the Bees qualified for five NAIA National Tournaments, including Elite Eight berths in 1996 and 2000. Pingeton was named the conference coach of the year three times and the NAIA Kodak District Coach of the Year in 2000.
A 1990 graduate of St. Ambrose, Pingeton stands as the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,502 points, and earned All-America honors in both basketball and softball. She also played three seasons of professional basketball in the Women's Basketball Association.
Pingeton and her husband Rich are the proud parents of two sons Blake, born June 9, 2006 and Zach born July 5, 2011. In her limited spare time, Pingeton enjoys spending time with her family on their boat and hitting the links.
Pingeton By the Numbers
30 - All-Conference players
19 - Seasons of head coaching experience
12 - Post season tournament appearances
7 - Academic All-Americans
6 - All-Americans
4 - Conference Players of the Year
3 - Regular season conference championship titles
2 - Conference Tournament Championship Titles
2 - Conference Coach of the Year Awards
Head Coaching History
|2012-13||17-15 (.531)||WNIT First Round|
|2013-14||17-14 (.548)||WNIT First Round|
|4 Seasons||60-65 (.480)|
|2003-04||16-13 (.552)||MVC Coach of the Year|
|2004-05||13-18 (.419)||MVC Tournament Champion; NCAA First Round|
|2006-07||22-11 (.667)||WNIT Second Round|
|2007-08||26-7 (.788)||MVC Regular Season Champ.; MVC Tourn. Champ.; NCAA First Round|
|2008-09||27-8 (.771)||MVC Regular Season Champion; WNIT Semifinals|
|2009-10||28-8 (.778)||MVC Regular Season Champion; WNIT Semifinals|
|7 Seasons||144-81 (.640)|
|1993-94||25-7 (.781)||NAIA National Tournament|
|1995-96||30-6 (.833)||NAIA National Elite Eight|
|1996-97||27-7 (.794)||NAIA National Tournament|
|1998-99||19-15 (.559)||NAIA National Tournament|
|1999-2000||30-7 (.811)||NAIA National Elite Eight|
|8 Seasons||192-76 (.716)|
|CAREER HEAD COACHING RECORD|
What They're Saying About Robin Pingeton
"Robin Pingeton is the complete package. She's an outstanding coach and teacher and she will be an excellent ambassador for Mizzou women's basketball. She has a proven track record of winning with quality student-athletes - Kristi Cirone was a three-time MVC Player of the Year and an Academic All-American. This past season, she represented the Valley very well in postseason play with wins over Purdue, Kansas and Illinois. She'll bring instant credibility to her program."
- Doug Elgin, Commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference
"Robin is one of the up-and-coming stars in our profession. She really is the whole package. She has a tremendous family, she is very committed to the university and its mission and she is obviously an outstanding basketball coach and teacher. Robin has worked very hard to get to this point. She is very committed to her student-athletes and their success in life. I couldn't be more proud of her. Missouri made a tremendous hire."
- Bill Fennelly, Head Coach, Iowa State University
"Robin is a great hire for Missouri. She has been a winner throughout her career and she showed that by turning around the Illinois State program and leading it to consistent success. I have the utmost respect for Robin because she gets the most out of her players. Her team always plays hard and is well prepared, so as an opposing coach you know that you're going to be in for a battle. I have no doubts that Robin has the experience and the drive to bring Missouri women's basketball back into the national spotlight."
- Jolette Law, Head Coach, University of Illinois
"Robin Pingeton will be an excellent addition to the University of Missouri community. She has experienced winning at every level. Coach Pingeton has demonstrated the ability to recruit, plan, prepare and game adjust, which are all important characteristics a coach must have to be successful in the dynamic Big 12."
- Debbie Antonelli, Women's Basketball Analyst
"We are very excited to have someone the caliber of Robin Pingeton as our head women's basketball coach at Mizzou. Coach Pingeton is an outstanding fit for our program, for the University, for the city of Columbia, and for our fan base. We are very confident that she will come in and develop a winning program and that she will do it the right way, with a sharp focus on our three core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence.This is an outstanding hire for Mizzou, and we are excited for our student-athletes, who stand to benefit from her leadership."
- Mike Alden, Director of Athletics, Mizzou
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