Tigers Travel to Ames for Saturday Contest with Iowa State

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Feb. 8, 2008

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Tip-off: 7:30 p.m. CT
Arena: Hilton Coliseum (14,356)
TV: None
Radio: KFRU 1400-AM (David Lile, play-by-play / Edith Thompson, color)
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll
Series: Missouri leads 45-19 (Last meeting: ISU 76, MU 68; Feb. 4, 2007)
      Missouri: Cindy Stein (Illinois, 1984); 158-134 at Mizzou (10th season)
      Iowa State: Bill Fennelly (William Penn College, 1979) 273-126 at ISU (13th season)

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri women's basketball team (8-14, 1-8 Big 12) travel to Ames, Iowa, for a 7:30 p.m. game between the Tigers and the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, Feb. 9. The contest is Iowa State's "Think Pink" game, as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) nationwide initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. Mizzou leads the all-time series 45-19 but the two squads split their games last year. The Tigers won at home, 66-56, on Jan. 6, while Iowa State picked up a 76-68 win at Hilton Coliseum.

Up next
The Tigers will "Think Pink" on Sunday, Feb. 17 when it hosts Kansas State at Mizzou Arena in a 2:30 p.m. contest. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive free pink t-shirts while all other fans are encouraged to wear pink.
All proceeds from the game go toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Scouting the Cyclones
Iowa State enters its matchup with Missouri with a 14-7 mark overall and 3-5 in Big 12 action. The Cyclones are playing without post players Toccara Ross and Nicky Wieben, who both suffered ACL injuries earlier in the season. Ross was injured during the Minnesota game on Dec. 21 and Wieben has been out since Jan. 16.

The Cyclones average 65.7 ppg. but are third in the league in scoring defense at 56.2. They also top the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.373) and are second in assist/turnover ratio (0.95).

Sophomore guard Alison Lacey leads Iowa State with 14.8 ppg. and averages 2.86 threes per game to lead the Big 12. Freshman Kelsey Bolte, the Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 14, averages 10.7 ppg. on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor and 45.7 shooting from behind the arc.

Mizzou nearly upsets No.10 Oklahoma
The Missouri women's basketball team trailed No. 10 Oklahoma by just one, 58-57 with less than 30 seconds left but the Sooners scored the final six points of the game to pick up a 64-57 win on Feb. 6.

Sophomore Jessra Johnson hit a jumper with 45 seconds left on the clock to pull the Tigers within one, 58-57, but sophomore Toy Richbow missed the front end of a one-and-one with 25 seconds left to keep the Sooners on top. Nine seconds later Danielle Robinson made two free throws, stole the ensuing inbounds pass and made a layup for a 62-57 Oklahoma advantage.

An 11-2 run by Oklahoma gave the Sooners their biggest lead of the game, 55-46, with 4:11 remaining but the Tigers responded with and 11-3 run of their own, capped by Johnson's jumper, to pull Mizzou within one, 58-57, with 45 seconds left.

Mizzou stealing up a storm...
The Tigers recorded a season high 16 steals against the Sooners on Feb. 6 to translate into 21 Oklahoma turnovers. Seven different Tigers posted a steal, lead by Jessra Johnson's four. The squad's previous season high was 14, set in the second game of the year against Eastern Illinois.

...and keeping a tight hold on the ball
In addition to their quick hands against Oklahoma, the Tigers kept a tight hold on the ball, committing just 10 turnovers during the contest. That number was a season low, just one less than the 11 turnovers recorded against Murray State and Delaware State.

Tigers move onto North schools
The matchup with Oklahoma on Feb. 6 marked the last regular season game between Mizzou and a Big 12 South school. Starting with Saturday's contest, the Tigers will close out their regular season schedule with seven consecutive games versus fellow Big 12 North schools.

Tigers to "Think Pink" on Feb. 17
Missouri will join the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and 600 schools nationally in the organization's "Think Pink" initiative on Feb. 17 when it hosts Kansas State at Mizzou Arena in a 2:30 p.m. contest.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance for the game against Kansas State will receive a free pink t-shirt, courtesy of CenturyTel and Hoss' Market and Rotisserie. All fans are asked to wear pink to support the cause.

In honor of the event, the Tigers will don pink shoelaces, headbands and shooting shirts during the contest, all provided by NIKE.

Hollins inching up the record books...
With her 60 3-pointers this season, junior Alyssa Hollins now sits in third place all-time in the Mizzou record books for career 3-point field goals with 136. She needs four more to tie Tracy Lozier for second place with 140 and only seven to pass Carlynn Savant for the career record with 143.

Additionally, Hollins needs only five to tie Amanda Lassister's single-season record at 65. Last year Hollins fell one shy of the mark with 64 threes to stand in second place in single-season 3-pointers.

....and doing it in record time
Junior Alyssa Hollins is all ready stands in third place in the career 3-point field goal list at Missouri. Remarkably, her 136 threes have come in just 76 games, for a career average of 1.79 per contest.

In comparisson, current record holder Carlynn Savant recorded her 142 threes in 113 games (1.26/game), while Tracy Lozier, who is second on the list, made 140 threes in 118 games (1.04).

Over the past two years, Hollins has accumulated 124 threes in just 53 games, for an average of 2.34 per game.

Otote on the rise
Freshman Jasmyn Otote earned the first start of her career against Nebraska on Feb. 3 and responded with eight points, just one off her career high, and a personal best six rebounds.

She was also in the starting lineup against Oklahoma on Feb. 6 and was 1-of-2 from the floor.

Hollins regains her scoring touch
With 20 points against Nebraska on Sunday, junior Alyssa Hollins reached the 20-point mark for the first time since she scored 25 against Texas Tech on Jan. 12.

Against the Huskers, Hollins shot 57.1 percent overall and from the 3-point arc (8-14 and 4-7, respectively).

Hollins has now reached double-figures in 19 of Mizzou's 22 games this season and scored at least 20 points on nin different occassions.

Jones hits her stride
Freshman Shakara Jones was nearly unstoppable against Texas A&M on Jan. 29 as she hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor to finish with a team-high 15 points. The game marked the second time in four games the forward hit seven shots in eight attempts after also accomplishing the feat at Kansas on Jan. 19.

Jones has now reached double-figures in 13 of Mizzou's 21 games this season, second on the team behind junior Alyssa Hollins' 18.

Tigers approaching 1,000th game
Mizzou will reach a milestone on March 1, 2007 when the program plays its 1,000th game, a road contest against Kansas State. The Tigers, who played their first game on Nov. 11, 1974 (a 47-16 win against Columbia College), currently sit at 993 games played.

In its 34th season of basketball, Missouri owns a 589-404 (.596) record.

Brown earns third start
Freshman guard RaeShara Brown earned the third start of her career against the Texas Longhorns on Jan. 26. Brown played 15 minutes in the contest, the most for the rookie since she logged 17 on Dec. 7 against Mississippi Valley State. She also knocked down her only shot attempt and dished out two assists on the day.

Johnson back on track
After failing to reach double-figures in three of four games, sophomore Jessra Johnson posted a team high 18 points against Baylor on Jan. 23. Entering the game with the Bears, Johnson had averaged only 9.3 ppg. in conference play after entering Big 12 action with a 16.4 ppg. mark.

Johnson made 7-of-14 shots against Baylor and also recorded three blocks to go along with eight rebounds.

Jones in top form against Jayhawks
Freshman Shakara Jones was almost unstopable in the paint against Kansas on Jan. 19. The forward led Mizzou with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor. During the Tigers' comeback in the second half, Jones was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and pulled down five of her eight total rebounds.

Mizzou earns first Big 12 victory
Missouri outscored Texas Tech 26-8 over the final 12 and a half minutes of the game to claim a 68-58 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. With the win the Tigers picked up their first Big 12 win to improve their record to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference action.

Down by nine, 51-42, with 12:34 left, Mizzou reeled off a 14-4 run to take a 56-55 lead at the 5:24 mark when sophomore Amanda Hanneman got a steal and made a layup.

Hanging onto a one point lead, 60-59, Mizzou ended the game on a 9-0 run over the final 3:25.

Junior Alyssa Hollins paced all scores with 25 points and hit 5-of-6 three-point attempts on the night. Hanneman joined Hollins in double-figures with 13 and sophomore Toy Richbow had nine points, six rebounds and five assists.

Scott returns to action
Sophomore Marissa Scott returned to action against Texas Tech after missing three games due to mononucleosis. Scott, who played seven minutes and knocked in her only shot attempt against the Red Raiders, sat out the Marshall, Delaware State and Colordo games after a min-December diagnosis. Before her illness, Scott had started Mizzou's first 11 games and averaged 3.3 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. in almost 29 minutes of action per contest.

Four days after the Texas Tech contest, Scott looked back to her old self as she played 25 minutes against Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

Hanneman has hot hand
Entering her sophomore season, Amanda Hanneman had not posted a double figure point total in her career. This season she has hit the mark eight times, including seven of the last nine games. The only games Hanneman missed double-figures during that stretch was Colorado, when she posted seven points, and Baylor, when she had six.

She averaged 12.1 ppg. from Dec. 15 - Jan. 16 after averaging 6.8 ppg. in her first eight games of the season.

Hollins hot from behind the arc
Junior Alyssa Hollins entered the conference season with 34 threes and shooting 33.3 percent from behind the arc. In the first two conference games, Hollins shot an astounding 68.8 (11-16) percent from the 3-point line to raise her season numbers to 45 treys and a 38.1 3-point field goal percentage.

Hollins started her hot streak against Colorado on Jan. 9 when she hit 6-of-10 from three. Three days later, she did even better when she made 5-of-6 from behind in arc against Texas Tech.

Wilson making her mark
Former Mizzou volleyball player Nicole Wilson is still new to the world of collegiate basketball but that has not kept her from making an impact with the Tigers.

After not playing competitve basketball since her senior year in high school, Wilson has played in 15 games for Missouri this year and started four of the last five contests at center. The Tigers' tallest player at 6-3, she has added height and poise to the lineup.

Against the Red Raiders on Jan. 12, Wilson played a season high 19 minutes of action.

Mizzou earns comeback win
Missouri went on a 12-0 run over the last 4:56 of the game to pick up a 55-50 comeback win over Delaware State in the consolation contest of the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Dec. 28 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

Down 44-33 with 10 minutes left in the game, sophomore forward Amanda Hanneman nailed a 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining to spark Mizzou's comeback. Sophomore forward Jessra Johnson then hit a basket and three free throws to give the Tigers a 51-50 lead at the 1:10 mark, the squad's first since they led 15-14 with 10:41 left in the first half.

Johnson led Missouri with 20 points, including 14 in the second half and Hanneman and Jones each notched 14. Hanneman, who scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game, also recorded a career high five steals.

Hanneman on fire against Marshall
With the Tigers off to a slow start in the second half against Marshall, Amanda Hanneman took things into her own hands. The sophomore scored 11 straight points for Mizzou over a 3:26 span on a jumper, and ensuing free throw 3-pointer, layup and another layup.

She scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half.

Jones' jumper gives Mizzou dramatic win
Freshman Shakara Jones grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put back with 6.1 seconds remaining in overtime to give Missouri a 75-73 overtime victory over UMKC on Dec. 15. Mizzou, which scored the first 18 points of the game, led by as many as 21 early in the second half before UMKC tied the game after Tarah Cullen made three free throws with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.

Mizzou had four players in double figures for the first time this season, led by junior Alyssa Hollins' 21. Sophomore Jessra Johnson posted 20, Jones notched her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Amanda Hanneman added 10 points.

Four better than three
Mizzou's Dec. 15 game against UMKC marked the first time all season the Tigers had four players score in double-figures. Alyssa Hollins (21), Jessra Johnson (20), Shakara Jones (17) and Amanda Hanneman (10) all reached double-figures in scoring against the Kangaroos.

Missouri had three players tally double-figures against Murray State, Eastern Illinois, South Dakota State, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin and two players against Samford, Robert Morris, Arkansas and Mississippi Valley State.

Scott shines in loss
One bright spot for the Tigers in their overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin was the play of sophomore Marissa Scott. A fixture in the starting lineup all season, Scott entered the SFA contest as one of Mizzou's best post defenders but had yet to make much of an impact on the offensive end.

Against SFA, Scott took only four shots but made all three of her 3-point attempts to post a career high nine points to go along with eight rebounds.

Scott has also been a menace on the boards of late, averaging 7.8 rpg. over the past five contests.

Hollins has career night
Junior Alyssa Hollins erupted for a career high 28 points in Mizzou's 69-52 win over Mississippi Valley State in the first game of the CenturyTel Tiger Tournament on Dec. 7.

Hollins shot 10-of-20 from the floor on the night, hit five of her six free throw attempts and tied her career best with six rebounds in the game. Her point output is the most scored by a Tiger this season, just besting freshman Shakara Jones' total of 27 in the season opener.

Hollins, Johnson named to all-tournament team
Junior Alyssa Hollins and sophomore Jessra Johnson were both named the the all-tournament team of the CenturyTel Tiger Tournament after two strong outings last weekend.

Hollins averaged 22.0 ppg., including a career best 28 against Mississippi Valley State, and Johnson averaged 21.0 ppg. and 10.5 rpg.

Richbow boards with the best
Entering the Texas State game with a career high five rebounds, sophomore Toy Richbow used all of her 5'6" frame to pull down 10 boards against the Bobcats.

Richbow had recorded five rebounds against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 15 but the guard breezed by that mark with her numbers against Texas State. Her four offensive rebounds in the contest almost set a new career mark in their own.

Scott on rebounding roll
In the first 14 games of her Mizzou career, sophomore Marissa Scott pulled down a total of 13 rebounds. The next three games of her career was ifferent story for the forward, who has tallied 28 total rebounds against Robert Morris (11), Arkansas (nine) and Texas State (eight). Her per game rebounding mark has increased from 3.0 in the first four games of the season to 5.8 during that span.

Hollins secures win over Robert Morris
Junior guard Alyssa Hollins made a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 74-73 win over Robert Morris in Mizzou's second game in the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament. After the Tigers committed turnovers on three straight possessions that allowed the Colonials to go ahead 73-72 with seconds left, Hollins received an inbounds pass, dribbled around a defender and nailed the winning shot.


Hollins named to all-tourney team
Junior Alyssa Hollins was named to the FAU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.5 points in Mizzou's two games in Boca Raton, Fla. She scored 11 points against Samford on Nov. 24 but really shined against Robert Morris, as the guard posted 22 points, including the game-winning shot.

Johnson has career night
Sophomore Jessra Johnson filled up the stat sheet in Mizzou's contest with Eastern Illinois on Nov. 15. Over the course of the game, Johnson posted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds both of which were career highs. Her 19 rebounds were the most by a Tiger since Evan Unrau recorded 20 against Texas on Jan. 10, 2001.

Johnson bested her previous score total of 21 set in the season opener and rebound mark of 10, which she recorded against at Stanford last season.

Shak attack
Freshman Shakara Jones stole the show in her Missouri debut with a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds in Mizzou's win over Murray State. Jones' point total set a new Tiger mark for freshmen in their Missouri debut and was the highest total in a season opener since Julie Helms poured in 38 in 1999.

All in the family
Freshman forward Shakara Jones becomes the second member of her family to don the No. 44 jersey on the Tiger hardwood. Her father, Ron Jones, played for Mizzou under Norm Stewart from 1980-84. Known as a defensive specialist, Ron held Michael Jordan to 13 points in Missouri's 64-60 upset of North Carolina in 1982.

Injury bug hits early
Freshman guard Bekah Mills will be forced to sit out her inaugural Tiger campaign after suffering an ACL tear in her right knee at practice on Oct. 27. She looked strong in the preseason and would have challenged for the starting position.



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