Feb. 23, 2013
Arena: Auburn Arena (9,121)
Radio: KTGR 100.5/103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 41-48 at MU (third season)
AU: Terri Williams-Flournoy (Penn State, 1991), 14-12 at AU (first season)
WOMENS BASKETBALL MAKES QUICK TURNAROUND TO AUBURN SUNDAY
After last Thursday's contest against LSU was rescheduled due to snow, the Tigers will head out to Auburn, Ala. for a contest against the Auburn Tigers. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Auburn Arena. Missouri earned an 82-76 victory over the Tigers in its home SEC opener on Jan. 6. The Missouri Tigers have a 1-2 record against Auburn in program history. Mizzou last traveled to Auburn in 1983 for the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Auburn Tigers earned an 89-76 win in the game.
A LOOK AT AUBURN
Auburn is currently 14-12 on the season and 3-10 in conference play with key wins over Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas. The team will see Missouri following an 83-61 loss at Tennessee in which Tyrese Tanner led the team with 20 points. Tanner is averaging 12.8 points per game on the season, and Hasina Muhammad leads the team with 15.3 points per game on average. Muhammad also averages 5.2 rebounds per game, just behind team leader Blanche Alverson, who averages six rebounds a game. Senior Najat Ouardad leads the league with 6.4 assists per game this season as well.
Missouri will host its final home game of the season on Thursday (Feb. 28), honoring Senior Night at the 7 p.m. 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 (.414), more rebounds per game (38.8), 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 228 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 692 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 13-4 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, Mississippi State and LSU.
Mizzou Notables at Home This Season
-Mizzou's average margin of victory at home is 13.1 ppg
-The Tigers are shooting a blistering 45.2-percent in home games this season and averaging 75.5 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 9.8 3-pointers per game at home this season.
-The Tigers have made 168 of their 228 three-pointers on their home court.
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 +1.1. 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 (70.8) during all games this season.
Mizzou has been good in close games this season, owning a 5-3 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 6.7 3-pointers per game to break that mark, which was set in 1994 by South Carolina.
Morgan Eye's 160 career treys put her at No. 2 all-time on Missouri's career three-pointers made list.
The Tigers continue to play great team basketball under third-year head coach Robin Pingeton and the numbers prove it. Mizzou has assisted on 423 of their 648 field goals (65.3-percent), an SEC best this season. The Tigers assisted on 23 of 29 field goals against Tennessee on Feb. 3.
Mizzou is fifth in the SEC, averaging 15.7 assists per game. 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 19 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 6.9 points per game while shooting 38.4 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 150 3-pointers to its opponents' 50.
Morgan Eye has knocked down 95 of Missouri's 150 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, averaging 28.5 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 53.6-percent from the floor while averaging 7.0 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.1 boards per game, up from just 3.5 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 17 of 27 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.
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