Missouri and Kentucky will meet for the third time in school history on Sunday.
Jan. 12, 2013
Tip-off: 12:30 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Talent: Melissa Lee and Maria Taylor
Radio: KTGR 100.5 / 103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 38-41 at MU (third season)
UK: Matthew Mitchell (Mississippi State `95) 129-57 at UK (fifth season)
TIGERS WELCOME WILDCATS TO MIZZOU ARENA
Missouri Women's Hoops will host the University of Kentucky on Sunday, Jan. 13 in a nationally televised contest at 12:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU, and fans can tune in to KTGR Radio or WatchESPN.com as well. 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. This will be the third meeting between the two schools, and the Tigers have a 1-1 record against the Wildcats in program history. The two schools first met in 1989 at the Lady Kat Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky took home the 102-84 win that year, but in 2000 Missouri pulled out the 86-51 win at the Pepperdine Classic.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Ranked at No. 6 in the nation, the Wildcats are 15-1 on the season, with their only loss coming to No. 1 Baylor in mid-November. The Wildcats are riding on a school-record 14-game win streak, winning their 31st consecutive home contest on Thursday against Texas A&M. Chosen as Preseason Player of the year in both the Preseason SEC Coaches and Media polls, Kentucky's A'Dia Mathies leads the team averaging 14.6 points per game. Samarie Walker is also a threat for the Tigers as she is shooting 56.7 percent from the field this season, averaging a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats lead the SEC as the team has outscored opponents by an average of 24.9 points per game this season.
The Tigers have a game day off next Thursday, but the team will travel to Ole Miss on Jan. 20 before hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks on the 24th of January at 7 p.m.
Missouri leads the country with an average of 9.9 three-pointers made per game. They are one of just two teams nationally (Creighton, 9.5 per game) 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.
Missouri has made 169 three-pointers as a team so far this season. Should the Tigers average 3.5 treys per game through the rest of the regular season they will match the school record for three-pointers made in a season (214).
Mizzou is third in the SEC, averaging 17.0 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (174) and Auburn (17.9). Mizzou is also fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.1, just 0.1 shy of first place (Georgia, 1.2).
Mizzou leads the league in defensive rebounding (29.4 per game) and has the second-best defensive rebounding percentage (.710).
The Tigers have the third-best three-point shooting percentage in the league at 35.2 percent. Vanderbilt leads with 36.7 percent.
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. The home court win streak is the 11th best in the country, tied with Duke, Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Maddie Stock is ranked sixth 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. 11 in the league for her 13.9 points per game and is No. 13 in the league averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. She has made the 13th-most three-pointers in the league (24), averaging 1.4 per game. Her 4.9 defensive rebounds per game ranks sixth in the conference as well, 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 4.12 three-pointers per game and is also ranked No. 13 in the nation for her .455 3-point shooting percentage. That clip leads the SEC as well.
Morgan Eye is second in scoring among all SEC sophomores this season at 14.4 ppg, behind Auburn's Hasina Muhammad who averages 16.9 points per game.
Kyley Simmons comes in at No. 10 in the nation and fourth in the league for her 2.64 assist turnover ratio. She averages the 14th-most assists in the league with 3.4. per game.
Freshman Lianna Doty leads all SEC freshmen in assists per game with 4.8, edging out Florida's Sydney Moss (3.8). She is fourth overall in the league and 56th in the nation.
Lianna Doty has accumulated 39 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. 112in 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.
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