Jan. 9, 2013
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m
Arena:Thompson-Boling Arena/The Summitt Court (21,678)
TV: Fox Sports Midwest / SportsSouth
Radio: KTGR 100.5 / 103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 38-40 at MU (third season)
UT: Holly Warlick (Tennessee `81) 11-3 at UT (first season)
TIGERS TRAVEL TO TENNESSEE
Mizzou Women's Basketball will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday to face the Tennessee Lady Vols in a televised contest at 7 p.m. The game will air on Fox Sports Midwest and also SportsSouth.
Thursday's contest will be the fourth meeting between the Tigers and the Lady Volunteers, and Missouri has an 0-3 record against Tennessee. The two teams last met in St. Thomas at the Paradise Jam in 2010, with the Lady Vols earning an 82-44 victory over the Tigers. The Lady Vols came to Columbia in 1978 for the Mid-America Classic, and the Tigers last traveled to Knoxville in the 1977-78 season, dropping the contest 101-83. The visit will also be head coach Robin Pin geton's first visit to Thompson-Boling Arena.
TUNING IN TO TENNESSEE
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers will see Missouri after a 79-66 upset over No. 10 Georgia. The Lady Volunteers are 11-3 overall and undefeated in conference play with wins over Georgia and South Carolina. Led by Meighan Simmons, the Lady Volunteers have three players averaging double figures this season, Simmons (15.8), Bashaara Graves (14.3) and Isabelle Harrison (10.5). Graves also leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 8.6 per game. Graves was a key asset to Tennessee in the victory over Georgia as she put up a career-high 23 points in the contest. Freshman Jasmine Jones also had a standout performance as she recorded 12 points and significant time on the floor filling in for Harrison.
Missouri hosts Kentucky on Jan. 13 for an ESPNU contest at 12:30 p.m. The game will also be a part of the Southeastern Conference's `We Back Pat' initiative. The Tigers are looking to Pack the House, and admission to the contest will be $2 with $1 of each ticket sold going to benefit the Pat Summit Foundation. Mizzou will also hold a kid's carnival prior to the contest, opening at 11:30 a.m. The Tigers 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 10 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 six games this season, an SEC high this season as Mizzou owns the top six team 3-point shooting performances in the SEC this season and Morgan Eye owns two of the top individual three-point shooting performances in the league so far this season as well.
Mizzou is fourth in the SEC, averaging 17.3 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.8) and Auburn (17.5). Mizzou is also fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.1, just 0.2 shy of first place (Georgia, 1.3).
Mizzou leads the league in defensive rebounding (29.1 per game) and has the second-best defensive rebounding percentage (.714).
Mizzou hit a school-record 18 three-pointers against Auburn. The 18 three-pointers made by the Tigers on Sunday are the most ever by an SEC school, shattering the previous best mark of 17 by Ole Miss.
Morgan Eye hit a school-record 11 three-pointers against Auburn to mark the most ever in an SEC league game. The numbers sits just one shy of the best-ever NCAA mark.
Missouri is undefeated at home this season with a perfect 11-0 record inside Mizzou Arena. The 11-0 start at home is the best since 2005-06 when they won 11 in a row at home to open the season as well.
Maddie Stock is ranked fifth in the conference 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. 10 in the league with her 14.2 points per game, tied with teammate Morgan Eye. Kulas also ranks 10th in the SEC for her 44.8 shooting percentage, 13th for her 1.4 three-pointers made per game and 13th for her 6.5 rebounds per game. She has grabbed the sixth-most defensive rebounds in the league, averaging 4.9 per game, contributing to Missouri's league-leading 29.1 defensive rebounds per game.
Morgan Eye leads the SEC and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for her 4.0 three-pointers per game and is also ranked No. 11 in the nation for her .467 3-point shooting percentage. That clip leads the SEC as well.
Morgan Eye is second in scoring among all SEC sophomores this season at 14.2 ppg.
Kyley Simmons comes in at No. 16 in the nation for her 2.52 assist turnover ratio. She is also fourth in the SEC, trailing only Arkansas' Calli Berna (2.7) Texas A&M's Adrienne Pratcher (3.1) and Ole Miss' Valencia MacFarland (3.3). She averages the 15th-most assists in the league with 3.3. per game.
Freshman Lianna Doty leads all SEC freshmen in assists per game with 4.9, edging out Florida's Sydney Moss (3.9). She is sixth overall in the league. She also comes in at No. 55 in the nation. Doty's 1.04 assist/turnover ratio also clocks in at No. 41 in the nation.
Lianna Doty has accumulated 37 steals so far this season, that's more than last season's team steals leader, Christine Flores. Flores tallied 35 steals through 31 games in 2011-12. Doty also comes in at No. 11 in the league, averaging 2.3 steals per game.
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.
Morgan Eye has attempted 10 three-pointers or more in seven games this season, including a season high 18 against Auburn.
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 12 of 16 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 13 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 30.0 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 seven games this year.