Mizzou Meets Texas in Big 12 Champ. Opener



March 7, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team (13-17, 5-11) opens postseason play at the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Tuesday, March 8 with a matchup against seven-seed Texas at 5 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The winner of the contest will advance to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Texas A&M at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

All first round games will be televised live on Metro Sports and streamed live on Big12Sports.com. Mark Ewing will cover play-by-play duties, with Brenda VanLangen serving as the color analyst.

Missouri holds a 6-14 all-time mark in the Big 12 Championship, including a 5-8 record in first round games and a 5-9 mark against South Division teams. The Tigers are 0-3 against the Longhorns in the Championship. Last season the Tigers were the 12-seed and, despite a 29-28 halftime advantage, fell to No. 5 seed Texas, 64-59, in the first round matchup on March 11, 2010.

Texas holds a 19-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 3-0 record in games played at neutral locations and a 7-2 mark in contests played in Missouri. The Tigers claimed an exciting 85-80 overtime win in the regular season matchup on Jan. 8.

The University of Missouri women's basketball claimed a 49-48 victory over No. 23/25 Iowa State Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Senior RaeShara Brown, who reached the 1,000 mark during the game, led the Tigers with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior Christine Flores added 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

After Flores knocked in a layup for a 49-45 Tiger lead and 4:03 on the clock, Prins nailed a trey to pull Iowa State within one, 49-48, with 48 seconds remaining.

Brown and Flores both missed the front ends of one-and-ones in the closing seconds, giving the Cyclones a chance to win with five seconds left in the game. However, a three from Kelsey Harris failed to hit iron to preserve Mizzou's 49-48 win.

Senior RaeShara Brown earned a spot on the All-Big 12 second team following a regular season where she averaged 16.8 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 4.4 apg. and 2.6 spg. Overall, she ranked second in steals, second in minutes played, sixth in assists, ninth in scoring, 12th in 3-pointers made and 13th in defensive rebounds in the Big 12 this season.

Brown is the first Mizzou player since 2007 to earn a spot on the top-two teams, as EeTisha Riddle was named to the first team during her senior campaign.

Mizzou's 49-48 win over No. 23/25 Iowa State on March 5 was the team's third win over a ranked opponent this season. The Tigers also knocked off No. 22 Texas in overtime, 85-80, on Jan. 8 and No. 12 Georgetown 54-45 in the Paradise Jam on Nov. 26.

The last time Missouri recorded at least three wins over ranked opponents was the 2000-01 season, when the squad picked up victories over No. 4 Georgia, No. 12/17 Texas, No. 17/21 Colorado and No. 24 Wisconsin. The three ranked wins is also tied for second among Big 12 schools this season.

The Tigers enter the Big 12 championship with a 13-17 overall record despite playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. As of March 6, Mizzou's strength of schedule (SOS) ranks SIXTH in the nation by Jeff Sagarin/Collegiate Basketball News.

Missouri's SOS trails just Connecticut, Duke, Rutgers, Texas A&M and Ohio State. Below is a list of Big 12 teams' SOS, along with Ratings Percent Index (RPI), based on wins and losses and SOS.

Senior RaeShara Brown leads the Tigers in most statistical categories, including points, assists, steals and minutes played, while ranking second in rebounds. Overall, she accounts for at least 15 percent of Mizzou's points, rebounds, assists and steals, with most contributions much larger. 

Additionally, Brown has contributed just about half of Missouri's made field goals this season, when combining both field goals made and assists:

Overall:  178 FGM + 133 Asts = 311 FG 311 FG / 651 total team FG = 47.8%
Big 12:   102 FGM + 63 Asts = 155 FG 165 FG / 331 total team FG = 49.8%

Head Coach Robin Pingeton claimed her 350th career head coaching victory in Missouri's win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 16. In her 16th season as a head coach, she now has a career record of 351-174 coming at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA Division II level. Pingeton compiled 194 wins at St. Ambrose (NAIA), 144 at Illinois State and 13 so far at Missouri.

Senior RaeShara Brown became the second player this year (joining Shakara Jones) and the 29th player in MU history to score 1,000 points after reaching the mark in the regular season finale against Iowa State.

Almost half of her 1,009 career points have come in her senior season, as she has compiled 503 so far this year. Her point total in 2010-11 is 49.9 percent of her career total after posting 33 points as a freshman, 181 as a sophomore and 292 as a junior.

Senior RaeShara Brown stands as the only player in Missouri history to record at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 250 steals, as she now has totals of 1,009 points, 330 assists and 270 steals in her career. Additionally, she is just the third player at Missouri, joining Joni Davis and Kerensa Barr, in MU history with at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 200 steals.

Robin Pingeton is one of 35 head coaches in their first season at a new Division I basketball program. She is also the only one of those 35 to have three wins over ranked opponents this season, Pingeton's Tigers have wins over No. 12 Georgetown and No. 22 Texas, and No. 23 Iowa State.

Two other coaches have his/her first year at a school has recorded a wins over a ranked opponent so far this season: Colorado's Linda Lappe, whose team has wins over No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 16 Iowa State, and Houston's Todd Buchanan, whose team defeated then-No. 21 Nebraska on Dec. 18.

Senior RaeShara Brown broke Missouri's all-time steals record in the Tigers' contest against Oklahoma on Feb. 12. Brown, who entered the game tied with former Tiger great Joni Davis at 248, broke the record after stealing the ball away from Danielle Robinson with 18:49 remaining in the game. After notching three steals against Iowa State, she her career total now stands at 270.

Her career total also ranks her 10th all-time in Big 12 history. She needs nine more to tie Kansas' Lynn Pride for ninth (279). Brown led the Big 12 in steals the last two seasons, after outputs of 88 a year ago and 79 during her sophomore season. The totals rank third and eighth on Mizzou's single-season list.

Her current season total of 79 ties her sophomore year output for eighth on Mizzou's single-season list.

Sophomore Trenee Thornton has upped her scoring in recent games, thanks in part to increased minutes. She has scored in 11 of the last 12 games and averaged 6.2 ppg. during those contests. Additionally, in four of the last six games, Thornton has scored at least nine points (10 against Oklahoma State, nine against Kansas, Nebraska and Baylor). In the first 16 games she played this year before the Colorado contest, Thornton averaged just 0.9 ppg.

She has also seen her playing time jump dramatically since Big 12 play started. She averaged 9.9 mpg. in Mizzou's 14 non-conference contests and has played 24.7 mpg. in the Tigers' 16 conference games.

Senior Shakara Jones became the 28th player in MU history to reach 1,000 points when the forward accomplished the feat against UC Riverside on Dec. 21. She now stands at 1,192 career points after notching seven points against Iowa State to rank 19th all-time. She needs three more points to pass Stacy Williams (91-94) and move into 18th.

Jones is averaging 9.5 ppg. in 2010-11 after posting marks of 10.5 ppg. as a freshman, 10.3 ppg. as a sophomore and 9.1 ppg. as a junior.

Senior RaeShara Brown's entered Mizzou career top-10 assists list after dishing out 12 against UAB on Dec. 29. After recording four on March 5 against Iowa State, she ranks fourth on the list with 330. Additionally, Brown now has 133 assists so far this season.

Her total ranks seventh on MU's single-season list. She needs nine more to tie Dee-Dee Polk (82-83) for sixth with 139.

Junior Christine Flores stands in eighth-place on MU's all-time blocks list with 114 after notching three blocks against Iowa State on March 5. She needs two more to tie Stretch James (03-04) for seventh on the list and four more to tie Renee Kelly (84-87) for sixth-place.

Flores has 54 blocks so far this year, which ranks sixth on MU's single-season list. She needs two more to tie Mary Brueggestrass (84-85) for fifth on the list with 56.

Junior Bailey Gee and senior RaeShara Brown were among 46 student-athletes named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team, the league office announced on Feb. 15. Gee, a junior, earned a spot on the first team while Brown, a senior, was named to the second team. Gee was honored for the first time in her career while Brown was named to the first team during her sophomore and junior seasons.



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