Nov. 13, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Mizzou Women's Basketball program and head coach Robin Pingeton are proud to announce the addition of two Tigers to the program for the 2014-15 season. Missouri natives Carrie Shephard and Abrianna Porter have signed national letters of intent to join the Mizzou squad next season.
"We are thrilled and feel very blessed to have Bri Porter and Carrie Shephard joining our basketball family here at Mizzou," said Head Coach Robin Pingeton. "Not only are they very talented on the basketball court but they are also high-character, high-integrity student-athletes that are very driven in the classroom."
CARRIE SHEPHARD // 5-6 // G // Steele, Mo. (South Pemiscot High School)
Native of Steele, Mo., Carrie Shephard will join the Tigers after finishing her career at South Pemiscot High School. Shephard was named 2013 MBCA Class 2 Player of the Year, and reached 1,000 points during her sophomore season. Shooting 51-percent from the floor, she averaged 35 points per game, 7.0 assists, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game in her junior year, leading up to Class 2 Player of the Year honors. This season she is the Varsity Captain of the South Pemiscot Bulldogs, and she is a two-time All-State selection. She is also a two-time all-Region, All-District and All-Conference selection as well. In addition to basketball, Shephard is very active at South Pemiscot as she plays softball and volleyball, earning All-Conference honors in both sports as well. She has spent the last six years as Student Class President, and she is a member of the National Honor Society. Boasting a 3.875 grade point average, Shephard is as talented in the classroom as she is on the court.
ABRIANNA PORTER // 6-2 // F // Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge High School)
Daughter of Mizzou assistant coach, Michael Porter
, Abrianna Porter will join the Tigers after finishing her high school career under Rock Bridge head coach Jill Nagel. Porter is a highly touted recruit, sitting at No. 41 on ESPNU Hoop Gurlz 100. She is also ranked No. 40 by Premier Girls Basketball Report. She was awarded All-District honors in her freshman and sophomore seasons, and was named to the Jeff City Jays Holiday Classic All-Tournament team in 2010. She also earned All-Tournament honors in 2011 at the KTXR Lady Classic, and led her team shooting 61-percent from the floor that season. Porter is just as highly touted in the classroom as she is on the court. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction award winner and a National Merit Semifinalist as well, and she boasts a 3.97 grade point average.
Mizzou Women's Basketball will continue its season on Thursday, as the Evansville Purple Aces come to Mizzou Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the Tigers will honor Columbia's Hometown Heroes, offering free admission to Military, Veterans, Emergency Personnel, Police & Fire.
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