Feb. 27, 2013
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5/103.1 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 41-49 at MU (third season)
USC: Dawn Staley (Virginia, 92), 89-63 at USC (fifth season)
SOUTH CAROLINA VISITS MIZZOU ON SENIOR NIGHT
Mizzou will host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday night at 7 p.m. as the Tigers recognize our four senior student-athletes, Kendra Frazier, Sydney Crafton, Liene Priede and Liz Smith. The Tigers and the Gamecocks have met once before in program history, on Nov. 24, 2004 at the Duke Classic. The Gamecocks topped the Tigers, 72-60 in the contest. This will be South Carolina's first trip to Columbia, Mo.
A LOOK AT SOUTH CAROLINA
Clocking in at No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today/WBCA Poll, the Gamecocks are 22-5 this season with 10 league wins. The Gamecocks will come to Missouri on a two game win streak after topping both Ole Miss and Mississippi State. South Carolina is led by sophomore Aleighsa Welch, who averages 12.3 points per game and leads the league with an average of 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. USC has the No. 4 scoring defense in the country, and the team outrebounds opponents by an average of 9.7 boards per game (ranks ninth in the nation).
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. The SEC Tournament begins on March 6 with the #12 and #13 seeds competing at 6 p.m.
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 (.413), more rebounds per game (38.6), 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 237 three-pointers this season. The previous record was set at 214 by last year's squad. The Tigers are just 11 treys away from the SEC record which stands at 248.
The Tigers have also run past the previous school record for most threes attempted in a season. The Tigers have attempted 711 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 13.9 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 237 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 +1.0. 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 (70.7) during all games this season.
The SEC record for 3-pointers in a season is 248, meaning the Tigers would need to make 6 3-pointers per game in the regular season to break that mark, which was set in 1994 by South Carolina.
Morgan Eye's 166 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 435 of their 666 field goals (65.3-percent). The Tigers assisted on 23 of 29 field goals against Tennessee on Feb. 3.
Mizzou is fourth in the SEC, averaging 15.5 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 4.8 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 6.5 points per game while shooting 38-percent from the floor to its opponents' 36.5 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 151 3-pointers to its opponents' 54.
Morgan Eye has knocked down 95 of Missouri's 151 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 28.3 per game, thanks to a big effort from Bri Kulas who grabs an average of 4.8 defensive rebounds per game.
134 is the magic number at Mizzou, as freshman Lianna Doty has a team-leading 134 assists so far this season, and junior Bri Kulas has a team-leading 134 defensive rebounds.
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 53.2-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 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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