The two Tiger teams will meet in Columbia at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Jan. 15, 2014
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MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 56-55 at MU (4th season)
LSU Head Coach: Nikki Caldwell
(Tennessee, `94) 130-52 at LSU (6th season)
MIZZOU WELCOMES LSU LADY TIGERS THURSDAY
Back in Columbia this week, Mizzou hosts the LSU Tigers on Thursday, January 16 in a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be broadcast throughout the state on Mediacom 22 and 722, and Mizzou welcomes Columbia Public Schools for the contest. The two Tiger teams have met five times in program history with LSU holding a 3-2 series advantage. Last season, Mizzou fell to LSU in a 78-74 overtime thriller.
Mizzou has a rare Sunday off this week, but will return to action next Thursday, Jan. 23, against Texas A&M. The game will be our Pack the House contest, and we will also honor former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt in the annual We Back Pat game. The first 1,000 fans to arrive at Mizzou Arena on Thursday will receive a free Mizzou Pennant.
LOOKING AT LSU
Ranked at No. 14 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, the LSU Tigers are 13-3 overall this season and 2-1 in SEC play. They will see the Tigers on Thursday after an 82-68 victory over Florida last Sunday. The LSU Lady Tigers have three players averaging double figure scoring numbers this season, led by Theresa Plaisance, who averages 13.6 points per game and a team leading 7.0 rebounds per game as well. Plaisance has recorded three double-doubles this season, and was named to the Coaches and Media Preseason All-SEC First-Teams.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Bri Kulas put on quite a show against No. 9/10 Kentucky with her second consecutive 20+ point scoring game. She matched her career high with 27 points and added 14 rebounds for her eighth career double-double. Mizzou held the lead throughout the first half, holding back the Wildcats for the first 10 minutes of play. The Tigers stayed close behind, never letting the Wildcat lead get larger than 14 points. Mizzou held UK to just 25-percent shooting from the three-point line.
Off to a 2-2 start in SEC play, the Tigers are looking strong shooting a league leading 41.8-percent from beyond the arc and 83.6 percent from the charity stripe in league games. The Tigers average 9.5 treys per game in SEC contests to lead the league as well.
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 59.7 points per game with an average scoring margin of +18.5 points. Mizzou averages 5.2 blocks per game in winning contests and also outrebounds opponents by almost seven rebounds per game. Proving that the Tigers unselfish strategy works, the Tigers average 18.6 assists per victory, eight more than opponents.
As the team, the Tigers aim for 80-percent free-throw shooting during practices and in games. Mizzou is now shooting 78.8-percent from the line this season, just under its season goal. That mark leads the SEC and checks in at No. 6 nationally. Nine 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 85.2-percent (75-of-88).
Speaking of free throws, Mizzou is very good from the free throw line in unfamiliar territory, shooting 86-percent from the charity stripe on the road. Kulas plays a big part of that percentage as she is shooting 90-percent from the line in road games this season (29-of-32). Four Tigers are perfect from the line in home contests, including 9-for-9 from Morgan Stock.
Under fourth-year head coach Robin Pingeton, Mizzou is continuing to play great team basketball. That is evidenced by Mizzou's 16.9 assists per game (third in the SEC and 29th nationally) and its 1.1 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks third in the SEC and 39th nationally.
Taking care of the ball is something head coach Robin Pingeton stresses to her Tiger team. This season, Missouri is averaging just 15.3 turnovers per game, 4th best in the league, highlighted by a season-low eight turnovers against No. 25 Georgia.
This season the Tigers are averaging 4.8 blocks per game, a number that ranks third in the SEC and 31st 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 32 blocks on the season, good for an average of 1.8 per game (fourth-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 30.5 per game and second in the league in defensive rebounding percentage at 71.3-percent. The Tigers are holding opponents to 26.6-percent shooting from distance this season as well, ranking 24th in the nation.
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