Head coach Robin Pingeton and the Tigers look forward to the 2013-14 season.
Aug 27, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Women's Basketball announced the 2013-14 season schedule on Tuesday (Aug. 27) following the release of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball schedule. Coming off of one of the best seasons under head coach Robin Pingeton, the Tigers look forward to an exciting 2013-14 slate. The Tigers will face 13 non-conference opponents before beginning the conference slate which consists of 16 games in a single round robin format with one permanent opponent and two random opponents. All game times and the television schedule will be announced at a later date.
After hosting two exhibition contests in Mizzou Arena, the Tigers will open the season in St. Louis against the Saint Louis Billikens. Mizzou is undefeated against Saint Louis and will open the season against the Billikens for the second consecutive year. The Tigers will then host three home games, welcoming Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Evansville and Southeast Missouri State.
"This season we still have a young team as our only seniors include transfers Bri Kulas and Tania Jackson, who is coming in without experience playing with our program," head coach Robin Pingeton said. "Our non-conference schedule will give us a good blend of strong home and away competition that will help prepare us for our challenging conference slate."
Mizzou will hit the road to face Tennessee-Martin on November 23 before returning home to host UMKC on Nov. 26. The Tigers will then venture down south for The University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. Also participating in the tournament will be Miami, St. Francis and Hartford. Miami is coming off of four consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA tournament appearances, while Hartford has advanced to postseason play for nine straight seasons under head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.
When Mizzou returns to Columbia, the Tigers will host another trio of teams from Dec. 4 to Dec. 16, including Oral Roberts, assistant coach Willie Cox's alma mater, Bradley University and first-time opponent, Belmont. The Tigers will head out to in-state rival Missouri State for their first match up in Springfield since 2004. The Tigers will then close out the non-conference schedule with a Dec. 22 contest against Western Illinois in Columbia.
Once again, Missouri will open Southeastern Conference play with a road game, this time beginning at Ole Miss on Jan. 2. The Tigers will host a pair of conference games, welcoming both the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Georgia Bulldogs to Mizzou Arena.
"We are really excited about the upcoming year and our second season in the SEC," said Coach Robin Pingeton. "The SEC is the toughest conference in the country from top to bottom and we are looking forward to competing against all these teams and hopefully building upon what we accomplished last year. It is a great league with great teams, great coaches and great players. The only way I know how to get better is to play against the best, learn from your experiences and keep working hard to improve. It should be a fun and exciting year."
Mizzou continues conference play at Kentucky, facing a team that returns 10 letterwinners and two All-SEC selections this season.
The LSU Tigers will travel to Mizzou Arena on Jan. 16, followed by another home contest against former Big 12 foe Texas A&M. The Tigers then hit the road to face Auburn and Florida in mid-February, two teams that have joined Missouri in the postseason WNIT last year.
At the end of February, the Tigers will again host the Tennessee Lady Vols who are coming off of an Elite Eight appearance last season. Missouri will also host Ole Miss on Feb. 27 before finishing up the slate at Arkansas on March. 2.
The regular season concludes with the 2013 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The tournament will include all 14 teams and begins on March 5 and concludes with the championship game on March 9. The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-15 record, setting few new SEC records on their way to the first postseason WNIT appearance for a Tiger team since 2007.
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October 29th SW Baptist (Exhibition) November 5 Quincy (Exhibition) November 8 Saint Louis November 10 SIUE November 14 Evansville November 21 SEMO November 23 Tennessee Martin November 26 UMKC University of Miami Tournament November 29 Hartford November 30 TBD December 4 Oral Roberts December 7 Bradley December 16 Belmont December 19 Missouri St December 22 Western, IL January 2 Ole Miss January 5 Arkansas January 9 Georgia January 12 Kentucky January 16 LSU January 23 Texas A&M January 26 Mississippi State January 30 Vanderbilt February 2 South Carolina February 6 LSU February 9 Alabama February 16 Auburn February 20 Florida February 23 Tennessee February 27 Ole Miss March 2 Arkansas March 5-9 SEC Tournament
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