Jan. 25, 2013
Arena: Reed Arena (12,989)
Talent: : Melissa Lee and Maria Taylor
Radio: KTGR 100.5 / 103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 39-43 at MU (third season)
UA: Gary Blair (Texas Tech `72) 227-95 at TAMU (10th season)
BATTLE OF THE NEWCOMERS
Missouri will face former Big 12, and current SEC, foe, Texas A&M on Sunday in a nationally televised contest at 2:30 p.m. The Tigers have a 7-12 record against the Aggies in program history, with the last meeting coming on Feb. 14, 2012 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fell to the then-No. 14 Aggies, 56-52. The last time Missouri visited Reed Arena was in January of 2012, and the Tigers fell 78-52. The Tigers' last win over Texas A&M came on Feb. 12, 2005 in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers came out with a 63-46 victory over the Aggies.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M is 15-5 on the season and has only recorded one loss in conference play, falling to Kentucky, 65-62. Ranked at No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and No. 18 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll, the Aggies were selected to finish third in the league in the SEC preseason coaches poll and junior Kelsey Bone was named to the Preseason All-SEC first team. Named to the Wooden Award midseason Top 20, Bone is currently averaging 17.9 points per game and leads the league with her 9.7 rebounds per game. She is shooting a league-leading 60.8 percent from the field as well.
Missouri returns to Mizzou Arena on Thursday hosting the Florida Gators at 7 p.m., before hosting the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Mizzou's win over Ole Miss was its 13th of the season, matching its win total from a season ago despite having at least 12 games remaining as the team continues to show signs of growth and development under third-year head coach Robin Pingeton. 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.
The Missouri Tigers are 11-2 inside Mizzou Arena this season. In fact Mizzou went on an11-game home winning streak to open the season. The 11-0 start at home was the best since 2005-06 when the Tigers also 11 in a row at home to open the season. Their only loss this season was to No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 13.
Mizzou Notables at Home This Season
-Mizzou's average margin of victory at home is 17.2 ppg
-The Tigers are shooting a blistering 45.1-percent in home games this season and averaging 77.2 total ppg
-Mizzou has scored at least 80 points in seven of 13 home games this season and at least 90 in three of those
-The Tigers own a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio at home this season
-Mizzou is averaging 10.5 3-pointers per game at home this season.
Missouri has made 185 three-pointers as a team so far this season. Should the Tigers average 2.9 treys per game through the rest of the season they will match the school record for three-pointers made in a season (214). The SEC record for 3-pointers in a season is 248, meaning the Tigers would need to average 6.3 3-pointers per game to break that mark, which was set in 1994 by South Carolina.
The Tigers continue to play great team basketball under third-year head coach Robin Pingeton and the numbers prove it. Over the first 19 games of the season, Mizzou has assisted on 326 of their 497 field goals (66-percent). The Tigers assisted on 17 of 27 field goals in their last game, a 73-72 overtime won at Ole Miss on Sunday.
Mizzou is third in the SEC, averaging 16.3 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.4) and Auburn (16.5). Mizzou is also fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.0, just 0.1 shy of first place (three teams, 1.1).
Mizzou has recorded more assists than 15 opponents in games this season after posting 17 at Ole Miss in the Tigers' first road win.
Mizzou's bench has been a huge key to the success of the program this season. In fact, the Tiger bench is outscoring the opponents' bench by an average of 27.4-19.6 while shooting 38.1 percent from the floor to its opponents' 35.1 percent. A big reason for the Tiger production off the bench has been its ability to knock down the trey as Mizzou's bench has hit 122 3-pointers to its opponents' 39.
Mizzou leads the league in defensive rebounding (29.7 per game) and has the second-best defensive rebounding percentage (.711).
Mizzou hit a school-record 18 three-pointers against Auburn. The 18 three-pointers made by the Tigers in the contest are the most ever by an SEC school, shattering the previous best mark of 17 by Ole Miss.
Senior center Liz Smith has been a big part of the Tiger offense this season, and a big part of that is due to her increased efficiency. In fact, coming into the year Smith was just a 31.4-percent shooter and averaged a miniscule 1.5 ppg. This season, Smith has flipped the script and is shooting 52.4-percent from the floor (a 23.3-percent increase from a season ago) while averaging 6.1 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.6 boards per game, up from just 1.6 a season ago.
Maddie Stock is ranked 10th in the conference for her 1.6 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.
The Tigers' defense held the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 35.6 shooting percentage - the lowest mark for a Missouri conference opponent this season.
Mizzou held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only six assists (20.3 per game), the lowest for an opponent 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 shot over 40 percent from the field in 13 of 20 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.
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