Feb. 15, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team (11-13, 3-7) returns home to host the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (15-8, 3-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the WBCA Pink Zone® game. The contest will be televised live on FSN in mid-Missouri and Metro Sports in Kansas City with Beau Baehman calling the action and Gary Link providing analysis.
The Pink Zone is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. All fans who wear pink will receive a $2 discount on tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kay Yow Foundation.
Missouri holds a 28-23 edge in the all-time series but the Cowgirls have claimed the last four games.
Mizzou travels to Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday, Feb. 19 to face the Kansas Jayhawks at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Metro Sports in Kansas City.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowgirls come to Mizzou Arena with a 15-8 overall record and a 3-7 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The team, which went 12-1 in non-conference action, is riding a two-game win streak after home victories over Texas Tech (62-52) and Nebraska (80-57).
Sophomore Toni Young leads the Cowgirls with 14.0 ppg. and 8.1 rpg. She's joined in double figures by freshman Vicky McIntyre, who adds 10.0 ppg. and 5.1 rpg. Freshman Tiffany Bias dishes out a team high 3.7 apg. and scores 8.8 ppg.
Head Coach Kurt Budke is in his sixth season at Oklahoma State and has a 109-76 record with the team.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior RaeShara Brown became the University of Missouri's all-time steals leader but the Mizzou women's basketball team suffered 69-47 loss to the No. 14/12 Oklahoma Sooners Saturday afternoon in Norman, Okla.
Brown, who tied former Tiger great Joni Davis's steal's record of 248 on Feb. 5, stole the ball from Danielle Robinson with 18:49 left in the second half to set the school mark.
Senior Shakara Jones paced Mizzou with 12 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE COWGIRLS
Missouri suffered a 75-60 loss at the hands of No. 15 Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
Senior Amanda Hanneman led the Tigers with 19 points while senior Jessra Johnson posted her 12th career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Christine Flores joined the pair in double figures with 13 points.
Andrea Riley paced the Cowgirls with 29 points and eight assists. Tegan Cunningham added a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
BROWN BREAKS STEALS MARK
Senior RaeShara Brown broke Missouri's all-time steals record in the Tigers' contest against Oklahoma on Feb. 12. Brown, who entered the game tied with former Tiger great Joni Davis at 248, broke the record after stealing the ball away from Danielle Robinson with 18:49 remaining in the game. She also grabbed another steal later to end the game with 250 in her career.
Brown led the Big 12 in steals the last two seasons, after outputs of 88 a year ago and 79 during her sophomore season. The totals rank third and eighth on Mizzou's single-season list.
PINGETON ONE AWAY FROM 350
Head Coach Robin Pingeton enters Saturday's contest with a career head coaching record of 349-169 and needs just one more win to reach the 350 mark. Her 349 wins have come at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA Division II level. Pingeton compiled 194 wins at St. Ambrose (NAIA), 144 at Illinois State and 11 so far at Missouri.
JONES FINISHING SENIOR SEASON STRONG
Senior Shakara Jones has been one of the Tigers' most consistent offensive weapons this year. The forward ranks third on the team at 10.4 ppg. and has already reached double figures a career high 17 times this year (her previous high was 15, set her freshman and sophomore seasons).
Jones started off the season up and down but has been a constant for the last two months of the season. In MU's first nine games, she averaged just 8.2 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. However, since the contest against NJIT on Dec. 19, Jones has averaged 11.7 ppg. and 6.3 rpg.
During the last 15 games, she has reached double figures 13 times, which is tied for the team high with RaeShara Brown.
The Tigers enter Wednesday's game with an 11-13 overall record despite playing one of the nation's toughest schedules to this point. As of Feb. 14, Mizzou's strength of schedule (SOS) ranks eighth in the nation by RealTimeRPI.com.
Missouri's SOS trails just Duke, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Connecticut, Baylor, Ohio State and Rutgers. It is ahead of such perenial powers as Stanford (nine) Notre Dame (24) and Michigan State (57).
CRAFTON HAS CAREER GAME AGAINST NU
Sophomore Sydney Crafton was on her game in MU's win over the Huskers on Feb. 2. The guard recorded her second career double-double with a career high 19 points and a personal best tying 12 rebounds.
Crafton scored 17 of her points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. The first half output bettered her previous career high of 16 points, which she posted against UAB on Dec. 29.
She previously recorded 12 rebounds against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.
BROWN LEADS MU DOWN THE STRETCH
Senior RaeShara Brown was unstoppable in the final minutes of Missouri's win over Nebraska on Feb. 2. The guard scored 22 of her team high 25 points in the second half, including 12 straight points for the Tigers with less than three minutes remaining.
With Mizzou holding a slim 61-60 lead, Brown started her points spree from a jumper and 2:57 left in the game. During the stretch, which included two shot clock buzzer beaters and four free throws, Missouri increased its lead to seven points, 73-66, and 29 seconds remaining.
THORNTON PROVIDING KEY DEPTH
Sophomore Trenee Thornton has upped her scoring in recent games, thanks in part to increased minutes. She has scored in five of the last six games and averaged 5.9 ppg. during those contests. In the first 16 games she played this year before the Colorado contest, Thornton averaged just 0.9 ppg.
She has also seen her playing time jump dramatically since Big 12 play started. She averaged 9.9 mpg. in Mizzou's 14 non-conference contests and has played 20.4 mpg. in the Tigers' nine conference games.
REIGNING IN THE TURNOVERS
The Tigers entered the Jan. 19 game averaging 18.5 turnovers per game, including outputs of 26 and 27 against Texas Tech and Texas A&M on Jan. 12 and 15, respectively.
Missouri managed to hold on to the ball in games from Jan. 19 - Feb. 5, committing just 13.2 turnovers during the span.The team committed just 12 turnovers in consecutive games against Kansas State on Jan. 19 and Colorado on Jan. 22, 15 against Kansas on Jan. 26, 14 at Iowa State on Jan. 29 and a season low 10 against Nebraska on Feb. 2.
JONES REACHES POINTS MILESTONE
Senior Shakara Jones became the 28th player in MU history to reach 1,000 points when the forward accomplished the feat against UC Riverside on Dec. 21. She now stands at 1,157 career points after notching 12 points against Oklahoma to rank 21st all-time. She needs five more points to pass Kerensa Barr (00-03) and move into 20th.
Jones is averaging 10.4 ppg. in 2010-11 after posting marks of 10.5 ppg. as a freshman, 10.3 ppg. as a sophomore and 9.1 ppg. as a junior.
BROWN NOW IN ASSISTS TOP-10
Senior RaeShara Brown's entered Mizzou career top-10 assists list after dishing out 12 against UAB on Dec. 29. After recording four on Feb. 12 against Oklahoma, she stands in seventh-place on the list with 309. She needs six more to tie Natalie Bright for sixth on the list.
Brown is averaging 4.7 apg. on the season. If she continues on her current pace, she should end her career with about 341 assists, which would rank fourth in Tiger history.
FLORES BLOCKING UP THE LIST
Junior Christine Flores stands in eighth-place on MU's all-time blocks list with 109 after a two-block performance against Kansas State on Feb. 5. She needs seven more to tie Stretch James (03-04) for seventh on the list.
Flores has 49 blocks so far this year, which ranks seventh on MU's single-season list. She needs four more to tie Mary Brueggestrass (82-83) for sixth on the list with 53.
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