Nov. 11, 2011
By: Brandon Weiss - Strategic Communications Student Assistant
The University of Missouri prides itself on its homecoming tradition. Less than a month ago, the school celebrated its centennial homecoming with a football victory over Iowa State. The tradition has long been associated with football, the fall sport that draws fans from all over Missouri every Saturday that features a home game. Far away from the bright lights of Faurot Field, though, another homecoming is taking place. Seniors BreAnna Brock and Christine Flores, two San Antonio natives, get their chance to return home on Friday (Nov. 11) with the Tigers' game against University of Texas San Antonio.
The road trip for Mizzou gives Brock and Flores a rare chance to play in front of friends and family, something that the two seniors will be sure to enjoy. "I'm pretty excited, I haven't played in front of a big crowd as far as my family since I left home," said Brock. Brock, a senior forward, is coming off of her best game in her collegiate career in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks.
Neither Brock nor Flores is a stranger to the UTSA gym. They both played there during their high school careers in the Texas state championship game. "We actually played each other there," said Brock. Last time, the two were on opposite teams. Brock played for Wagner High School while Flores was representing Winston Churchill High School. This time around, they'll both be sporting the black and gold. "It's going to bring back a lot of memories playing there," said Flores, recalling the matchup from 2008 between the two schools. Even though Flores and Brock are now on the same team, they will still be in heated competition as Mizzou is in San Antonio. Coincidentally, the two high schools face off in the 5A football playoffs on Friday night. "That's pretty cool," said Brock as the two burst into laughter at the friendly competition.
Perhaps equally exciting to the game itself will be a special treat before the game for the whole team. The Flores family has volunteered to have the whole team over for dinner.
"My mom's been wanting to do this since I've gotten to college," said Flores. "So the fact that we're actually going there and she's actually getting to cook for everybody, I'm really excited about it." Brock wouldn't be outshined, though, adding that, "Hers is home cooking, mine's the dessert basically." The two are teaming up to make a memorable meal for the team, and it will hopefully lead to a memorable game.
While facing the prospect of playing in front of family, the players are not exactly sure what to expect. "A lot is expected of us already," Brock remarked about possibly giving extra effort for her friends and family. "We're going to play our game, and we're not going to be worried about the stands. We might play a little bit harder, but we're already going to be playing hard." The two senior leaders are excited to return home, but their focus clearly remains on returning to Columbia with a win.
The trip to San Antonio will be a special one for both players, who get a chance to play in front of friends and coaches who "have never been able to go [to see us play]" said Flores. This homecoming, unlike the one a month ago, is just four years in the making. But it will be equally as sweet if the seniors can lead the team to achieve their main goal- getting a key win in front of friends and family.