The Tigers will meet the Lady Tigers on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2013
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
Talent: Dave Baker and Stephanie Ready
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 41-47 at MU (third season)
LSU: Nikki Caldwell (Tennessee, 1994), 38-21 at LSU (2nd season)
MISSOURI TIGERS HOST LSU LADY TIGERS
Mizzou will welcome the LSU Lady Tigers on Thursday for the fifth meeting in school history. The teams have a 2-2 record in past meetings, and the two have not met since the 1989-90 season. On Nov. 27, 1989 LSU traveled to Missouri earning a 56-50 victory over the Tigers. Thursday's 8 p.m. contest will air on Fox Sports Midwest, and can also be watched on ESPN3.com.
A LOOK AT LSU
The Lady Tigers are currently 15-10 on the season, with six wins and six losses in league play. The team is also receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll. LSU comes to Columbia off of a 63-41 victory at Mississippi State. The Lady Tigers have several players to watch this season, including freshman Danielle Ballard, who is a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week winner, and also leads the SEC in steals. Junior forward Theresa Plaisance leads the league in scoring and blocks, averaging 17.6 points per game, eight rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
The Tigers will be traveling to Auburn on Feb. 24 before hosting Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 28 against South Carolina. 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 had a winning season. In fact, Mizzou has as many home wins this season as it did wins last season (13).
The Tigers continue to show improvement as a team under the direction of third-year head coach Robin Pingeton. In fact, if the season ended today, Mizzou would have an improved field goal percentage (.411), more rebounds per game (39.0), more points per game, more assists per game, fewer turnovers, more 3-point field goals and more steals. Mizzou is also on pace to outscore its opponents in a full season for the first time since the 2009-10 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 218 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 672 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.
Over the last five games, nearly four Tigers are averaging double figures. Morgan Eye checks in at 11.8 ppg, Bri Kulas at 11.4 and Sydney Crafton at 10.4. Meanwhile, Liz Smith is averaging 9.8 ppg over her last five, just shy of double figures. She is shooting 62.1-percent from the span.
Despite having one of the smaller teams in the SEC, the Tiger have managed to put together a positive rebounding margin for the season, checking in at +1.3. In fact, Mizzou is a better rebounding team than a season ago despite losing a pair of senior post players in Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. The Tigers lead the SEC in defensive rebounding percentage (69.8) during SEC games this season.
Mizzou has been good in close games this season, owning a 5-2 record in games decided by single digits.
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. Mizzou has assisted on 405 of their 620 field goals (65-percent), an SEC best this season.. The Tigers assisted on 23 of 29 field goals against Tennessee on Feb. 3.
Mizzou is fourth in the SEC, averaging 15.6 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.4), Auburn (16.2) and Vanderbilt (16.0). Mizzou is also seventh in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 0.9, just 0.2 shy of first place (Texas A&M, 1.1).
Mizzou has recorded more assists than 18 opponents in games this season, thanks in part to Lianna Doty who averages 4.7 assists per game.
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 7.3 points per game while shooting 37.8 percent from the floor to its opponents' 35.9 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' 50.
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 28.6 per game, thanks to a big effort from Bri Kulas who grabs an average of 4.9 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 5.2 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 re¬bounds 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.
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