Feb. 15, 2013
Missouri Game Notes
Bud Walton Arena
Cox Sports Television
MU: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 41-46 at MU (third season)
Tom Collen (Bowling Green State, 1977), 109-74 at AR (6th season)
TIGERS CONTINUE ROAD STRETCH AT ARKANSAS
The Last Meeting
January 24, 2013
Tigers Drop Defensive Struggle Against Arkansas, 58-50
A gritty effort by Mizzou (13-7, 2-4) was unable to lift the Tigers to victory as they fell by a 58-50 final to the Arkansas Razorbacks (14-5, 2-4) Thursday (Jan. 24) night at Mizzou Arena. Missouri showcased a balanced scoring attack, with eight of the 11 players to check into the game notching points for the home team and only Morgan Eye reaching double digits. The loss for the Tigers was the first of the season when outrebounding their opponent.
After suffering a loss at Vanderbilt on Thursday, the Tigers will head out again on Sunday to face the Arkansas Razorbacks for the second time this season. The game is set for 2 p.m. and will air on Cox Sports Television. Missouri last saw the Razor backs at Mizzou Arena on Jan. 24, suffering a 58-50 loss to the team. The Tigers have a 4-6 record against the Razorbacks in program history now. Prior to January, Missouri last met Arkansas in 2007 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fell to the Razorbacks 66-53. Missouri last traveled to Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 19, 1998, falling to Arkansas 80-60.
A LOOK AT ARKANSAS
Arkansas is 4-7 in league play this season, earning wins over Mizzou, LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama. Most recently, the Razorbacks are coming off of a triple-overtime win at Alabama. Freshman Dominique Wilson stepped up for Arkansas in the win, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line and putting up 19 points overall. She stepped in after Sarah Watkins, Arkansas' leading scorer this season (13.1 ppg), fouled out in regulation. Quistelle Williams is also a player to watch for the Razorbacks, Williams averages 10.8 points per game and grabs a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Arkansas, as a team, is currently ranked second in the SEC when it comes to field goal defense (.357) as well.
Missouri will host LSU for the Heart of the Tiger night on Feb. 21, before traveling to Auburn on Feb. 24 as well. Senior Night for the Tigers will be on Thursday, Feb. 28 when the Tigers host South Carolina at 7 p.m. Missouri will then close out the regular season at Alabama on March 3.
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.
The Tigers have now made a school-record 216 three-pointers this season. The previous record was set at 214 by last year's squad.
The Tigers have also run past the previous school record for most threes attempted in a season. The Tigers have attempted 656 treys this season to surpass the school record of 628 set last season.
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, Arkansas, and Mississippi State.
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 216 three-pointers on their home court.
The SEC record for 3-pointers in a season is 248, meaning the Tigers would need to average 6.4 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. Mizzou has assisted on 399 of their 606 field goals (66-percent). The Tigers assisted on 23 of 29 field goals against Tennessee on Feb. 3.
Mizzou is third in the SEC, averaging 16.0 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.5) and Auburn (16.0). Mizzou is also fifth 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 7.7 points per game while shooting 38.5 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 144 3-pointers to its opponents' 49.
Morgan Eye has knocked down 95 of Missouri's 144 treys off the bench, while Maddie Stock has also contributed to the number with 30 so far this season.
Mizzou is second in the league in defensive rebounds, tied with Tennessee, averaging 28.9 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 54.6-percent from the floor while averaging 6.7 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.2 boards per game, up from just 1.4 a season ago.
The Tigers' defense held the Mississippi 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 25 games this season and grabbed over 30 rebounds in every contest except one. The Tigers grabbed 29 rebounds at Vanderbilt, missing the mark by just one. Mizzou's best outing came against SIU as the Tigers shot 57.7 percent including a whopping 50-percent from the perimeter.