Nov. 14, 2012
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 28-36 at MU (third season)
WIU: JD Gravina (UMKC `02) 14-19 at WIU (2nd season)
Promotions: . Admission to the game is free with a donation of two nonperishable items. Donations will go to benefit Tiger Panty, and help to feed Mizzou students, faculty and staff in need.
MISSOURI HOSTS WESTERN ILLINOIS
Mizzou will welcome the Western Illinois Leathernecks to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, for the eighth meeting between the two schools. The Tigers are 6-1 against Western Illinois in program history with the last meeting in November of 2008 in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers beat Western 61-54 in the contest. Two of the Tigers' and Leathernecks' games have gone into overtime, the first in 1997 giving WIU a 68-66 victory. The next overtime contest went into double-overtime, a 72-69 victory for the Tigers in 2003.
Coming up next for the Tigers is the Cancun Challenge beginning on Nov. 22. The Tigers will play three games in Cancun, taking on Wichita State, Green Bay and Minnesota.
SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Leathernecks are coming off of a 12-19 season last year, and will return five seniors, four juniors, one sophomore, and one redshirt freshman. Five incoming freshmen will be making their Leatherneck debuts this year as well. This year's team will be led by senior Saule Kontautaite, a preseason All-Summit League selection, who was voted `Newcomer of the Year' last season, averaging 9.5 points per game, and shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. The 2012-2013 team will also feature two junior transfers, including Tori Niemann from Missouri and Marley Hall from Illinois State. The Leathernecks are headed by second year head coach JD Gravina, who brings a very high-energy atmosphere to the team. Western Illinois will look to their upperclassmen to build on their foundations from last year and build on their success.
-With two games under their belt, the Tigers have shot above 40 percent from the field in both competitions.
-Junior transfer Bri Kulas has scored in the double digits in both of Missouri's games this season
-The Tigers have scored at least 20 points off of turnovers in both games this season.
-Over half of the Tigers' scoring this season has come off of the bench.
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