April 14, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Women's Basketball Coach Robin Pingeton has signed prep standout Morgan Eye and junior college All-American Liz Smith to National Letters of Intent, she announced on Thursday.
Eye, a 5-10 guard from Montrose, Mo., and Smith, who hails from Overland Park, Kan., join fellow newcomers Bree Fowler, a 5-10 wing from Kansas City, Mo., and Kyley Simmons, a 5-7 guard from Council Bluffs, Iowa, who both signed with the Tigers in November.
Eye played for Montrose High School, where she helped lead the Blue Jays to a 28-1 record and a state quarterfinal appearance in 2010-11. During the season, she averaged 24.6 ppg., 8.5 rpg. and 6.5 apg. during her senior season, en route to spots on the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association first teams. In December she broke her high school's 18-year-old career scoring record and ended her prep career with over 2,500 points.
As a junior in 2009-10, Eye helped Montrose to the Class 1 state title with a 32-1 mark after posting 20.9 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 6.2 apg., 4.9 spg. and shooting 57 percent from the field. Also a member of the softball and cross country squads, Eye is an all-region and all-district selection on the softball diamond and a four-time state qualifier in cross country.
A 6-2 center, Smith spent the last two years playing at Johnson County Community College in her hometown. She was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and State Farm Junior College/Community College All-America honorable mention teams after averaging 12.8 ppg., 9.2 rpg. and shot 54.0 percent from the floor in 2010-11. During the year she recorded 15 double-doubles and scored in double figures 28 times. Smith was also named to the All-East Jayhawk Conference first team and Region VI honorable mention this winter. As a freshman in 2009-10, she posted 11.9 ppg. and 9.5 rpg. She ended her career ranked second at Johnson County in rebounds (672) and fourth in field goal percentage (.538) and stands as only the second player to record over 800 points and 600 rebounds at the school.
Smith attended Blue Valley Northwest High School and posted 15 ppg. and 12 rpg. during her senior campaign, when she earned Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 6A All-State honorable mention honors. She was also a two-time All-Eastern League selection. Also excelling in track and field, Smith was a two-time all-state honoree and a three-time 6A state qualifier in the shot put.