The Tigers head to Vanderbilt on Thursday before facing the Razorbacks on Sunday.
Feb. 13, 2013
Arena: Memorial Gym (14,326)
Radio: KTGR 100.5
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 41-45 at MU (third season)
VU: Melanie Balcomb (Trenton State, 1984), 253-102 at VU (11th season)
MIZZOU SPENDS VALENTINE'S DAY AT VANDERBILT
The Tigers begin a two-game road stretch on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. when the team takes on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Gym. Fans can tune it to KTGR 100.5 FM radio in Columbia or watch online at www.vucommodores.com/allaccess. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
CHECKING IN WITH THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt is 15-8 overall this season, with a 5-5- record in conference play. Missouri will see the Dores after a 75-53 loss to Kentucky in Nashville. The Commodores are led by senior Tiffany Clarke this season, as she averages 16.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds. Christina Foggie is right behind Clarke, averaging 15.7 points per game. Senior Elan Brown is another player to watch for Vandy as she averages 5.9 rebounds per game as well.
The Tigers will head out on the road for a week, first to Vanderbilt for a Valentine's Day contest at 7 p.m., then to Arkansas on Sunday, Feb. 17. Missouri will host LSU for the Heart of the Tiger night on Feb. 21, before traveling to Auburn on Feb. 24 as well.
Missouri has had a better three-point shooting percentage than all but two of its conference opponents (Tennessee, Vanderbilt) going into their respective contests.
Mizzou's win over Florida marks the 14th win of the season, a feat that has not been accomplished by a Tiger team since the 2006-07 season when the team went 17-14 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. That season also marks the last time the Tigers have had a winning season.
The Tigers' win over No. 9 Tennessee marks the first time since Jan. 23, 2010 that a Mizzou team has defeated a top 10 opponent. In 2010 the Tigers knocked down No. 10 Baylor, 70-62.
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 13-3 inside Mizzou Arena this season. In fact Mizzou went on an 11-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, in a close contest.
Mizzou Notables at Home This Season
-Mizzou's average margin of victory at home is 15.1 ppg
-The Tigers are shooting a blistering 45.0-percent in home games this season and averaging 75.6 total ppg
-Mizzou has scored at least 80 points in eight of 14 home games this season and at least 90 in three of those
-The Tigers own a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio at home this season
-Mizzou is averaging 9.9 3-pointers per game at home this season.
-The Tigers have made 158 of their 212 three-pointers on their home court.
Missouri has made 212 three-pointers as a team so far this season, just two away from matching 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 6.0 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 388 of their 588 field goals (66-percent). The Tigers assisted on 23 of 29 field goals against Tennessee on Feb. 3.
Mizzou is second in the SEC, averaging 16.2 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.5). Mizzou is also fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.0, just 0.1 shy of first place (Texas A&M, 1.1).
Mizzou has recorded more assists than 18 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 eight points per game while shooting 39.2 percent from the floor to its opponents' 36.3 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 141 3-pointers to its opponents' 49.
Morgan Eye has knocked down 92 of Missouri's 141 treys off the bench, while Maddie Stock has also contributed to the number with 30 so far this season.
Mizzou leads the league in defensive rebounds, tied with Tennessee, averaging 29.3 per game, thanks to a big effort from Bri Kulas who grabs an average of five defensive rebounds per game.
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 54.4-percent from the floor while averaging 6.7 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.3 boards per game, up from just 1.5 a season ago.
The Tigers' defense held the Mississippis State Bulldogs to a 33.3 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 16 of 24 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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