The Tigers face No. 25 Georgia Thursday.
Jan. 8, 2014
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MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 55-54 at MU (4th season)
UGA Head Coach: Andy Landers
(Tennessee Tech , `74) 835-278 at UGA (35th season)
TIGERS HOST GEORGIA FOR GOLD RUSH
The Tigers will welcome No. 25 Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. for the annual Gold Rush game. The contest will air on Mediacom 22, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive free mini foam fingers. This will be the fifth meeting between the Tigers and the Bulldogs. Georgia holds the 1-3 advantage in series history, topping the Tigers 77-46 in Athens, Ga. last season.
Next up, the Tigers head to No. 9 Kentucky for a nationally televised contest on Sunday. The Tigers and Wildcats face off at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. It will be the fourth meeting between the two teams, and Kentucky holds a 2-1 advantage over the Tigers.
With a 12-3 record this season, the Georgia Lady Bulldogs had a strong non-conference slate, recording only one loss to Rutgers. Georgia is 0-2 in conference play, dropping games to Vanderbilt and Tennessee. The Lady Bulldogs are allowing opponents only 53.7 points per game this season, the third-best in the SEC. Individually, UGA's Shacobia Barbee is among the league's leaders with an average of 2.8 steals per game. Barbee leads the team with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game and 56 assists as well. Tiaria Griffin leads the Lady Bulldogs as she averages 13.5 points per game, however four Lady Bulldogs average more than 10 points per game including Barbee, Khaalidah Miller and Erika Ford.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers dropped a hard-fought contest to Arkansas last Sunday, 69-66. Missouri scored the most points on Arkansas this season, as the Razorbacks are allowing opponents only 46.7 points per game this season. Morgan Eye hit four treys in the game to tie Mizzou's career record at 226 in her career. The Tigers finished the game with a season-low nine turnovers.
Off to a 1-1 start in SEC play, the Tigers are looking strong shooting a league leading 50-percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the charity stripe in league games.
With an 11-2 record in the non-conference, the Tigers gained momentum leading to conference play. Among Tiger victories this season, Mizzou is holding its opponents to just 60 points per game with an average scoring margin of +19.2 points. Mizzou averages 5.3 blocks per game in winning contests and also outrebounds opponents by an average of 7.3 rebounds per game. Proving that the Tigers unselfish strategy works, the Tigers average 19.1 assists per victory, nine more than opponents.
As the team, the Tigers aim for 80-percent free-throw shooting during practices and in games. Mizzou is now shooting 78.6-percent from the line this season, just under its season goal. That mark leads the SEC and checks in at No. 7 nationally. Seven players are shooting 70-percent or better and Mizzou's leader in total free throws - Bri Kulas - is arguably the team's top shooter from the line, checking in at 85.3-percent (64-of-75).
Mizzou is very good from the free throw line in unfamiliar territory, shooting 88.1 percent from the charity stripe on the road.
Under fourth-year head coach Robin Pingeton, Mizzou is continuing to play great team basketball. That is evidenced by Mizzou's 17.5 assists per game (third in the SEC and 27th nationally) and its 1.1 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks third in the SEC and 38th nationally.
This season the Tigers are averaging 5.1 blocks per game, a number that ranks second in the SEC and 25th in the nation. The number is much improved from last season when the Tigers averaged 2.3 blocks per game. Freshman Jordan Frericks is dominating in this category, she leads the team with 31 blocks on the season, good for an average of 2.1 per game (third-best in the SEC).
The Tiger staff is stressing a defensive mindset this season, and Missouri's numbers are showing it. The Tigers are amongst leaders in the SEC (second) in defensive rebounding at 30.3 per game and lead the league in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.1-percent. Missouri is holding opponents to just 34.6-percent shooting this season, a stat that ranks 19th in the country. The Tigers are holding opponents to 27.5-percent shooting from distance this season as well, ranking 50th in the nation.
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