Meet Darian Saunders, a Tucson, Ariz., native who comes to Missouri from Palo Verde Magnet High School. She leaves her high school with 1,635 career points, good for the eighth-most in the state of Arizona.
Freshman (2012-13): Played in 29 of Mizzou's contests, averaging almost nine minutes of playing time per game...grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in her first appearance as a Tiger against Saint Louis on November 9...shot just over 43-percent from the field and scored a career-high nine points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on December 8...her second-best outing of the season came against Texas A&M as she went 4-for-7 from the field to put up eight points, she shot 57.1-percent in the contest.
High School: Holds the Arizona state record with 453 career blocks...Her 1,635 career points is the eighth best in the state...Recorded 1,021 rebounds in her career to rank fourth in the state of Arizona... Averaged 11.8 points per game in her senior season and tallied 4.1 blocks per game, 8.6 rebounds per game and 2.3 steals per game...Recognized as an All-Arizona Division II Second Team selection...Named to the Arizona All-Division Second Team...Earned a spot on the Arizona All-Division Section 1-First Team...Was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born March 26, 1994...Daughter of Darren and the late Gale Saunders...Full name is Darian Crena Saunders...Plans to study Animal Science at Mizzou...Has a younger brother, D.J.