Jan. 30, 2013
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
KTGR 100.5 / 103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 39-44 at MU (third season)
UF: Amanda Butler (Florida `95) 111-75 at UF (6th season)
The Tigers host the Florida Gators on Thursday for the first time ever in program history. In fact, this is the first time that the Gators have traveled to the state of Missouri. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will recognize the National Women in Sports movement at the contest as well.
SCOUTING THE GATORS
Florida is 13-8 overall on the season, just like Mizzou, coming to Columbia on a four-game losing streak starting with the Gators' loss to Tennessee on Jan. 13. The Gators dropped contests to South Carolina, Ole Miss and Georgia as well. The Gators are led by Jennifer George, who averages 12.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. George ranks eighth in the league for her rebounding average as well. Jaterra Bonds also puts up numbers for Florida averaging 12.4 points per game.
The Tigers stay on their home court on Sunday, hosting the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Feb. 3. The game will be shown on Comcast Sports Southeast as well. Next week will be light for Mizzou as the team will take a break on Thursday before hosting Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Missouri has had a better three-point shooting percentage than every one of its conference opponents going into their respective contests.
Mizzou's win over Ole Miss was its 13th of the season, matching its win total from a season ago despite having at least 11 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. 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 home losses this season are to No. 6 Kentucky and to Arkansas, which is receiving votes in the polls, in a close contest.
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 191 three-pointers as a team so far this season. Should the Tigers average 2.3 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 5.7 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 21 games of the season, Mizzou has assisted on 342 of their 520 field goals (66-percent). The Tigers assisted on 16 of 23 field goals in their last game, a 77-58 loss at Texas A&M on Sunday.
Mizzou is third in the SEC, averaging 16.3 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.8) 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.
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 27.6-20.0 while shooting 38.6 percent from the floor to its opponents' 35.8 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 126 3-pointers to its opponents' 45.
Mizzou dropped to second in the league in defensive rebounding (29.4 per game) after leading the SEC in that category for much of the season. The Tigers trail only nationally-ranked Tennessee (29.6) in that category and has the second-best defensive rebounding percentage (.709).
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 52.3-percent from the floor (a 21-percent increase from a season ago) while averaging 6.0 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.4 boards per game, up from just 1.6 a season ago.
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 14 of 21 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.
Missouri's next victory will mark head coach Robin Pingeton's 40th victory at Mizzou.
Missouri's next win will mark the 14th win this season, a feat that the Tigers have not accomplished since the 2006-07 season when the team went 17-14 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
Missouri has made 191 three-pointers as a team so far this season. Should the Tigers average 2.5 treys per game through the rest of the regular season they will match the school record for three-pointers made in a campaign (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.
Morgan Eye has made 80 treys on the season so far, just 10 away from the school record. The current record stands at 90, made by Alyssa Hollins in the 2007-08 season.
Lianna Doty has accumulated 42 steals so far this season, that surpasses last season's team steals leader, Christine Flores. Flores tallied 35 steals through 31 games in 2011-12.
Doty is also nearing Kyley Simmons' 2011-12 team-leading 111 assists as she has 102 so far this season.