Jordan Frericks leads the SEC in defensive rebounds per game.
Nov. 25, 2013
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
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MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 48-51 at MU (fourth season)
UMKC: Marsha Frese (Rice) 9-25 at UMKC (second season)
TIGERS WELCOME `ROOS ON TUESDAY
Mizzou is back in action on Tuesday as the Tigers host the UMKC Kangaroos in a 7 p.m. contest at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers and the `Roos have met 12 times in program history, with Mizzou holding the 11-1 advantage. The two teams last met on Dec. 11, 2010 in Columbia, Mo. Mizzou took the win, 72-48.
SCOUTING UMKC UMKC is 0-4 on the season, after facing four tough opponents in North Texas, SEMO, SIUE and Toledo. Most recently, the `Roos are coming off of a 96-81 loss to Toledo in which freshman Callie White reached a career-high 18 points on the night. The `Roos return four starters from last season, including senior Eilise O'Connor who averaged a team-leading 16.9 points per game last season. O'Connor again leads the scoring this season as she is currently averaging over 20 points per game. Also averaging double-figure scoring numbers, Kim Nezianya leads the team with an average of 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Tigers head out for the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament over the holiday weekend. Held in Coral Gables, Fla., the Tigers will face Hartford on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and see either Miami or St. Francis on Nov. 30. Mizzou is back in Columbia to host Oral Roberts on Dec. 4.
LAST TIME OUT
Morgan Eye recorded a total of nine three-pointers to spark the Tigers' comeback victory over UT Martin. Last season, Eye first broke Mizzou's school record for single-game three-pointers with eight against UTM.
Freshman Jordan Frericks clinched the win for Mizzou as she sunk a last-second layup to give the Tigers a one point lead. Two Bri Kulas free throws with .7 seconds on the clock secured Mizzou's victory.
Frericks recorded her second double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds, and becomes the first Tiger to record more than 15 rebounds in a game since Christine Flores grabbed 16 at Oklahoma State March 3, 2012.
The Tiger bench improved outscored the opponent bench for the fifth consecutive game.
This season the Tigers are averaging 6.6 blocks per game, second-best in the SEC. The number is much improved from last season when the Tigers averaged 2.3 blocks per game. Freshman Jordan Frericks is dominating in this category, she leads the team with 13 blocks on the season, good for an average of 2.6 per game (second-best in the SEC).
Two categories that Mizzou was very good in a year ago, it is dominating in again this season. The Tigers lead the SEC in defensive rebounding at 33.3 per game and are also fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2.
Coming into the season, it was well-known that Mizzou could burn its opponents from distance and so far this season, the Tigers have not disappointed. Mizzou leads the league averaging 8.6 three-point makes per game. Morgan Eye, who led the nation in 3-point makes a year ago, has just 13, good for second in the SEC, as variety of other Tigers have stepped up. Sophomore Morgan Stock averages 2.2 threes per game, and has made 11 on the season, while her sister Maddie Stock has 7 from distance.
Mizzou has done a good job of wearing down its opponents this season. In fact, the Tigers are outscoring their opponents by 13.4 points in the second half of games this season.
The Tigers are showing some depth this season, and that was put on display against SIUE as 31 of Mizzou's 59 points and 43 of Missouri's 73 points against Evansville came from off the bench. So far this season, the Tiger bench is accounting for 37-percent of the team's scoring. More importantly, Mizzou is outscoring opponents off the bench 25.8-12.2.
Head Coach Robin Pingeton is just two wins away from her 50th victory at MU. She holds a 48-51 record during her time with the Tigers. The Tigers' victory over SIUE marks women's basketball's 90th victory in Mizzou Arena.
Mizzou has taken advantage of the free throw line this season, the Tigers lead the SEC shooting 78.8-percent (63-of-80) from the charity stripe. Four Tigers are perfect from the line including freshman Kayla McDowell who is 9-for-9 on the season. Senior Bri Kulas has made 21-25 from the line.
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