Missouri Takes on Cowgirls at Big 12 Tournament



March 6, 2012

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Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.

     Arena: Municipal Auditorium (9,308)

     Radio: KTGR 1580 AM, ESPN 100.5 FM


     MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 25-34 at MU (second season)

     OSU: Jim Littell (Southwestern College, `77), 15-11 at OSU (first season)



Christine Flores grabbed 16 rebounds against the Cowgirls to tie her career-high in the Tigers' loss to Oklahoma State (15-11, 8-10) on Mar. 3. The Tigers will finish the regular season 12-17 overall and 2-16 in conference play.



The Tigers will face Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, and the winner will then continue on to tip-off against Oklahoma on March 8 at 5 p.m. If the Tigers should win those two games, they will play again on March 9 at 2:30 p.m. The finals will be played on March 10 at 11 a.m.



Oklahoma State is 16-11 on the season, coming off of a two-game win streak after their victory against the Kansas Jayhawks last Wednesday and over the Tigers on Saturday. The Cowgirls also topped Iowa State on Feb. 25 to end a four-game losing streak.  Freshman Liz Donohoe was recently named to the USBWA watch list for the Women's National Freshman of the Year award.  Tiffany Bias, a sophomore guard from Andover, Kansas, has started every game for the Cowgirls and averages just over 12 points per game. She leads the team in assists, steals, and minutes played. OSU will look to Bias and Donohoe for a balanced inside-outside attack plan.



Missouri leads the series with Oklahoma State 29-25 in program history. The Tigers and the Cowgirls first faced off at the Big Eight Tournament in 1976. Missouri pulled out a 67-62 victory in the game. Missouri also topped OSU last season in a 71-65 overtime victory in Mizzou Arena. Before last season, the Tigers had not topped the Cowgirls since 2006 when Mizzou pulled out a 69-65 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Earlier this year, the Tigers dropped both matchups against the team with the most recent coming on March 3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.



Missouri is 256-315 in Big Eight/Big 12 series history. The Tigers have winning records over several conference foes including Iowa State and Oklahoma State.



Since the Big 12 staged its first Women's Basketball Tournament in 1997, Missouri has advanced to the second round five times and reached the semifinals once, during the 2006 tournament in Dallas. The Tigers' all-time record in the conference tournament is 6-15, including a 4-10 mark in Kansas City. Mizzou has upset higher-ranked squads in the first round three times, including a six-point overtime win against Oklahoma in 2008, when the Tigers were seeded 12th. The victory over the Sooners represents the only win for a No. 12 seed in Big 12 Women's Tournament history.