March 8, 2006
No. 4 Mizzou (21-8)
vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (27-4)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Semifinal #1
Thursday, March 9, 2006 - Reunion Arena - Dallas, Texas
RADIO: KFRU-AM 1400/KLIK-AM 1240 (David Lile, play-by-play/Edith Thompson, color).
TV: Fox Sports Net national cablecast (FSN Midwest, FSN North and FSN Southwest will carry the game in its entirety, while FSN Chicago will join the game in progress; check your local listings for replays of the game late Thursday night). Kevin Eschenfelder, play-by-play / Debbie Antonelli, color / Brenda VanLengen, sideline / Kurt Deichert, producer.
NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY'S WIN
Mizzou advanced to the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women' ball Championship for the first time in the 10-year history of the event with its six-point win over Texas Tech.
The last time the Tigers advanced this far in a conference postseason tournament came in 1994, when a seventh-seeded Mizzou team upset the top three seeds en route to the Big Eight Tournament title. Ironically, its NCAA First Round opponent that year was Texas Tech, the year after the Lady Raiders won their national title.
The Tigers had five players score in double figures for the seventh time this season, and first time since its Dec. 18 win against Southern Illinois.
Mizzou has 21 wins before the start of NCAA Tournament play for the first time since 1985; that squad lost in the first round to eventual Final Four participant Northeast Louisiana (now UL-Monroe), and finished 22-9.
Senior G LaToya Bond topped the 20-point mark for the 13th time this season with her game-high 24 vs. the Lady Raiders. She is now averaging 17.7 ppg.
The Tigers had the best-ever shooting performance for a Big 12 quarterfinal, knocking down 54.9 percent (28-of-51) of its shots. It's the fourth-best single-game shooting total for any tournament game.
THIS YEAR'S MEETING VS. OKLAHOMA
The Sooners took an 88-73 decision in Columbia on Feb. 4. Bond led all players with 30 points, while Courtney Paris had 27 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
SERIES VS. OKLAHOMA
Mizzou leads the all-time series by a 28-21 margin, yet the Sooners have won six out of the last seven meetings between the schools. This will be the first neutral-site affair between Oklahoma and Missouri since the 1992 Big Eight Tournament. It was a 4/5 matchup that lived up to its seeding, as Oklahoma came away with a narrow 80-79 win in Salina, Kan.