The Tigers face off at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Jan. 5, 2013
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV: MSN/Fox Sports Midwest
Radio: KTGR 100.5 AND 103.1 FM; Sirius 113, XM 199
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 37-40 at MU (third season)
AU: Terri Williams-Flournoy (Penn State '91) 12-2 at UA (first season)
The Tigers open up conference play at home on Sunday with a televised contest against the Auburn Tigers. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive a free SEC Inaugural Season t-shirt. Prior to the game, there will be a kids' carnival on the concourse as well. Those who participated in this summer's Women's Basketball Golf Tournament will also receive free admission to the game with their participant vouchers. The Mizzou Tigers and the Auburn Tigers will meet for the third time on Sunday, and Mizzou has an 0-2 record against Auburn. This will be the first meeting in Columbia for the two teams. The Tigers last met in 1985 in the Court Gables Classic, and Auburn topped Missouri 75-62.
AS WE APPROACH AUBURN...
The Auburn Tigers come to Mizzou Arena after an upset of No. 23 Arkansas on Sunday, its first win over a ranked opponent in two years. Auburn has won its last nine games, led by Hasina Muhammad, who is averaging 16.1 points per game and has scored in double figures in each game this season. The Auburn Tigers are 12-2 so far this season, and, like Mizzou, undefeated at home. The Tigers suffered losses only to NC State and San Diego State in November.
The Tigers head to Tennessee next to take on the Lady Vols on Jan. 10 before hosting Kentucky on Jan. 13 for an ESPNU contest at 12:30 p.m. Missouri then travels to Ole Miss on Jan. 20 and hosts Arkansas on the 24th of January at 7 p.m.
Missouri leads the country with an average of 9.5 three-pointers made per game. They are one of just two teams nationally to average more than 9.0 3-pointers per game.
Mizzou has made at least 13 3-pointers in five games this season, an SEC high this season as Mizzou owns the top five team 3-point shooting performances in the SEC this season.
Mizzou is fourth in the SEC, averaging 16.9 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (18.1), Auburn (17.5) and Georgia (17.1). Mizzou is also fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.1, just 0.1 shy of first place (Georgia and Texas A&M, 1.2).
Mizzou leads the league in defensive rebounding (29.2 per game) and defensive rebounding percentage (.711).
Missouri is undefeated at home this season with a perfect 10-0 record inside Mizzou Arena. The 10-0 start at home is the best for the Tigers since 2005-06 when they won 11 in a row at home to open the season.
Maddie Stock is ranked fifth for her 1.9 threes per game. She hit a career-high 22 points against Southern Illinois in just 16 minutes of playing time and went 6-for-7 from behind the arc in the contest.
Bri Kulas sits at No. 9 in the league with her 14.5 points per game, and Kulas also ranks ninth in the SEC for her 44.6 shooting percentage and 11th for her 1.4 three-pointers made per game.
Kulas is ranked seventh in the SEC with three 20-point games this season.
Morgan Eye leads the SEC and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation for her 3.53 three-pointers per game and is also ranked No. 16 in the nation for her .445 3-point shooting percentage. That clip leads the SEC.
Morgan Eye is second in scoring among all SEC sophomores this season at 12.9 ppg.
Kyley Simmons comes in at No. 8 in the nation for her 2.8 assist turnover ratio. She is also third in the SEC, trailing only Texas A&M's Adrienne Pratcher (3.39) and Ole Miss' Valencia MacFarland (3.04).
Freshman Lianna Doty leads all SEC freshmen in assists per game with 4.7, edging out Florida's Sydney Moss (3.9). She is sixth overall.
Lianna Doty has accumulated 34 steals so far this season, that's just one less than last season's team steals leader, Christine Flores. Flores tallied 35 steals through 31 games in 2011-12.
Missouri's win over Southern Illinois marks the first time since Jan. 2, 2004 (vs. Miami of Ohio) that the team has made 40 or more field goals.
Missouri's 110 points against Southern Illinois is not only the ninth-most points scored in program history, but it marks an SEC game high for the season.
The Tigers' win over Southern Illinois marks the Tigers' highest margin of victory this season (63). The previous high came against UAPB (38). The Tigers' 110 points is also the most since the team put up 105 against Murray State on Dec. 3, 2005.
Mizzou held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only six assists (20.3 per game), the lowest for an opponent this season.
Mizzou's bench outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff's bench 60-8, the largest differential for Mizzou this season.
Missouri is 5-2 when the Tigers score first, and Missouri has scored first in six of its 14 games.
Morgan Eye has attempted 10 three-pointers or more in six games this season.
The Tiger bench is proving to be a great asset as the bench has only been outscored three times this season.
Missouri has shot over 40 percent from the field in 11 of 15 games this season and grabbed over 30 rebounds in every contest. Mizzou's best outing came against SIU as the Tigers shot 57.7 percent including a whopping 50-percent from the perimeter.
Mizzou has recorded more assists than 12 opponents in games this season.
Shooting .846 (11-13) from the field, Sydney Crafton recorded the SEC's second-best single-game goal percentage against SEMO.
Missouri has used at least 11 players in 12 of 15 games this season. The Tigers are averaging 28.7 points per game off the bench, highlighted by a season-best 60 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tiger bench has put up at least 30 points in six games this year.
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