The first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Mizzou pennant.
Jan. 22, 2014
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MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 56-56 at MU (4th season)
TAMU Head Coach: Gary Blair
(Texas Tech, `72) 252-104 at LSU (11th season)
TIGERS PACK THE HOUSE THURSDAY
Mizzou returns to action Thursday, Jan. 23, against Texas A&M. The game will be the 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. Mizzou and Texas A&M have a longer conference history, but the Aggies lead the all time series, 7-13. The last meeting between the two teams was in College Station last season, and the Aggies earned a 77-58 win.
Missouri will head back out on the road to face Mississippi State on Sunday, Jan. 26. The game will air on SportSouth, FS Southwest, FS Midwest and Sun Sports. This will be the second meeting between the two teams. Last season, Mizzou dropped the contest 61-56 in Mizzou Arena.
TAKING A PEEK AT TEXAS A&M
The Aggies are undefeated in conference play this season, adding wins over highly ranked opponents LSU and South Carolina. Courtney Walker leads the Aggies averaging 13.2 points. Courtney Williams is also averaging more than 10 points per game, while teammate Karla Gilbert leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. Walker was most recently named SEC player of the week on Jan. 20 as she led the Aggies to two wins that extended the team's win streak to eight consecutive games.
LAST TIME OUT
Missouri fell to No. 14 LSU, 87-68 last Thursday, despite starting the game out hot on a 17-7 run in the first 5:40 of the game. Senior Bri Kulas knocked down a new career high 30 points in the game, becoming one of just eight SEC players to tally 30 or more points this season. Lianna Doty dished out seven assists in the contest to bring her career tally to 254 which puts her tenth all-time at Mizzou.
QUICK HITS 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 76.9-percent from the line this season, just under its season goal. That mark leads the SEC and checks in at No. 8 nationally. Eight 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 86-percent (80-of-93). In league play, Mizzou sits atop the SEC shooting 80.7-percent from the line.
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).
The Tigers are holding SEC opponents to just 38-percent shooting this season, a statistic that sits fourth in the league.
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 28th nationally) and its 1.1 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks third in the SEC and 41st nationally.
Taking care of the ball is something head coach Robin Pingeton stresses to her Tiger team. This season, Missouri is averaging just 15.4 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 4.6 blocks per game, a number that ranks fourth in the SEC and 43rd 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 29.9 per game and the Tigers lead the league in defensive rebounding percentage at 71-percent.
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