Nov. 27, 2013
Missouri Media Notes
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
Friday, Nov. 29
Miami vs. St. Francis Brooklyn 12 p.m. CT
Mizzou vs. Hartford 2 p.m. CT
Saturday, Nov. 30
Consolation Game 12 p.m. CT
Championship Game 2 p.m. CT
Arena: BankUnited Center (7,900)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM, 103.1 FM and 1580 AM
Live Video: www.hurricanesports.com
MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 48-51 at MU (fourth season)
TIGERS READY FOR THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
The Missouri Tigers will travel to Coral Gables, Fla. for the Thanksgiving holiday as the team is set to compete in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. The Tigers face Hartford at 2 p.m. CT on Friday and the team will see either St. Francis Brooklyn or Miami on Saturday. This will be the first meeting for the Tigers and the Hartford Hawks, and should the Tigers play St. Francis Brooklyn it will be the two teams' first meeting as well. Miami leads Mizzou 1-0 in the all-time series.
Mizzou is back in Columbia on Dec. 4 to host Oral Roberts for Twin Night. Bring a friend and dress as twins to receive two admissions for the price of one. Fans dressed as twins can also purchase two regular drinks and two boxes of popcorn for just $13.
LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou topped UMKC 78-69 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
The Tiger bench improved outscored the opponent bench for the sixth consecutive game.
Sophomore point guard, Lianna Doty, led the Tigers with a career performance of 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. It also marks her second-career double-double.
LOOKING AT HARTFORD
The Hawks are 1-4 on the season with their only win coming over Loyola Maryland. Hartford was chosen to finish second in the America East Conference preseason coaches poll as the team returns 11 players from last season including junior Amber Bepko who received America East Preseason All-Conference honors.
SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN
Coming into the tournament off of a win over NJIT, the Terriers are 4-1 on the season, dropping only one contest to St. John's University. The team returns five starters this season, including leading scorer Sarah Benedetti who averaged over 11 points per game this season. She is not yet averaging double-figures this year as juniors Eilidh Simpson and Jaymee Veney lead the team with 13 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.
A MINUTE ON MIAMI
Fresh off of a 91-67 win over Yale, the Hurricanes are 3-2 this season, led by Caprice Dennis who averages 20 points per game. The team only returns two starters this season and suffered the loss of three double-figure scorers from last year.
Missouri has made its way back into the national eye after receiving votes in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25. The Tigers are receiving votes in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time this season. The last time Missouri received votes in the USA Today Top 25 was Jan. 8, 2007.
Off to a 6-0 start this season, The Tigers are continuing to lay the foundation of Robin Pingeton's program at Mizzou. The last time a Mizzou team started the season with a 6-0 record was the 1997-98 season under head coach Joann Rutherford. The next-best start to the season was when the Tigers kicked off the 2011-12 season with a 5-0 record.
This season the Tigers are averaging 6.5 blocks per game, a number that leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks 10th in the nation. 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 15 blocks on the season, good for an average of 2.5 per game (third-best in the SEC).
Two categories that Mizzou was very good in a year ago, it is dominating in again this season. The Tigers are among leaders in the SEC (3rd) in defensive rebounding at 31.3 per game and are also fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2.
It's no secret that Mizzou can burn its opponents from distance and so far this season, the Tigers have not disappointed. Mizzou leads the league averaging 8.3 three-point makes per game. The number is the 22nd-best in the nation.
Mizzou has done a good job of wearing down its opponents this season. In fact, the Tigers are outscoring their opponents by 12.8 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 26.3-13.7. The Tiger bench has outscored its opponents in every game this season.
Head Coach Robin Pingeton is just one wins away from her 50th victory at MU. She holds a 49-51 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 (78-of-99) from the charity stripe. Two Tigers are perfect from the line, and senior Bri Kulas has made 24-28 from the line, a number that ranks her fifth in the league.