Coach Pingeton handed out several awards to deserving Tigers at this season's banquet.
April 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo.-- Mizzou Women's Basketball closed out the 2013-14 season with its annual postseason celebration on Sunday (April 13). In addition to recognizing Mizzou's two seniors and several other Tigers, the event took a look back at the successful season. The Tigers finished the season with a 17-14 overall record, continuing on to postseason play for the second consecutive year. Mizzou set new school scoring records with 65 points in the first half against Bradley and 126 points in the game, and also knocked down a school- and SEC-record 292 three-pointers this season.
The event started with an important recognition of the senior student managers, Alex Wendell and Jordan Cook. The two have dedicated their time to the program for the past four years. Michael Scott and Mike Hurst, senior members of Mizzou's scout team were also recognized for their dedication to the program.
A new award that was celebrated this year was the Tiger Paw of the Year. Braeden Baker was recognized for his dedication to Mizzou throughout the season as he attended the most games and helped create a tunnel during pregame introductions.
Junior Bree Fowler was named the NSCA All-American 2014 Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, while Morgan Eye earned the Mizzou Performance Athlete of the Year award. The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program recognizes those collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. This is the second season that Fowler has earned NSCA recognition.
Averaging 6.9 rebounds per game this season, freshman Jordan Frericks was given The Board Award at the celebration. Frericks was also recognized as Defensive Player of the Year thanks to her 38 blocks, 142 defensive rebounds and 41 steals this season.
Sophomore Morgan Stock received the Most Improved Award after earning 12 starts this season. She averaged 6.6 points per game while knocking down 51 three-pointers this year. Freshman Kayla McDowell was given the Sixth Man Award as she was one of Mizzou's most impactful players off the bench this season.
Recognized for her everyday hard work and dedication, sophomore Michelle Hudyn was given the Dr. Joann Rutherford Coach's Award.
Sophomore Lianna Doty was honored with the program's Hustle Award for her incredible efforts in practice and on the court every day. Doty was also recognized for her off-the-court talents with her SEC Community Service Team honors. Doty volunteers much of her time in the Columbia area. She also works hard in the classroom as a mechanical engineering major at Mizzou. Doty was recognized for her superior academic achievements as the SEC's Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Both Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye were recognized for their 1,000 point scoring milestones this season. Kulas surpassed 1,000 points in her Mizzou career on March 20 against Creighton, while Eye knocked down her 1,000th point on Feb. 27th against Ole Miss. Eye also received the team's 3-Point Percentage Award as she shot 43-percent from distance this season. Eye holds Mizzou's all-time three-pointers record with 283 treys in her career.
Kulas was also awarded the team's Free Throw Award as she led the team shooting 83-percent from the line this season. Kulas earned SEC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 25 and was also recognized by the league as she was named to the All-SEC First Team this season. Kulas led the team with an average of 18.3 points per game. She shot over 43-percent from the field this season and grabbed 6.7 rebounds per game.
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