Dec. 3, 2013
Missouri Media Notes
Oral Roberts Media Notes
Mizzou Arena (15,061)
KTGR 100.5 FM, 103.1 FM and 1580 AM
MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 50-52 at MU (4th season)
ORU Head Coach: Misti Cussen
(Southern Nazarene `93) 19-18 at ORU (2nd season)
TIGERS HOST ORAL ROBERTS FOR TWIN DAY
Mizzou returns home after the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament to host Oral Roberts on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Wednesday will mark Twin Day, and fans who dress as twins will receive two admissions for the price of one. There will also be a Twin Combo Pack available at concession stands. For just $13, fans can purchase two regular drinks and two boxes of popcorn. The Tigers and the Golden Eagles have met five times in program history, and Mizzou owns a 5-0 record over ORU. The two schools last met On February 9, 1995 in a 81-59 Tiger win.
Mizzou will welcome the Bradley Braves on Sunday in a 2 p.m. contest. The Tigers have an 8-2 advantage over the Braves in program history, and the two teams last met in 2009. The Tigers traveled to Peoria, Ill. and returned with a 52-46 victory.
SCOUTING ORAL ROBERTS
The Golden Eagles are 1-5 on the season, with their only win coming against USAO in their season-opening contest. The team has fallen to tough opponents including Kansas, Arkansas and Navy. Oral Roberts is led this season by senior Christian Key and freshman Alexus Wilson who both average 10.8 points per game. Also averaging over 10 points per game is freshman Kaylan Mayberry. The Golden Eagles were chosen second in the Southland Conference Preseason Polls and senior Sarah Shelton, who leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game, was named to the All-SLC second team.
LAST TIME OUT
Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye earned All-Tournament honors at the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. The Tigers came home with a second place finish, topping Hartford and falling to Miami.
Morgan Eye knocked down nine three-pointers for a season-high 27 points in the Tigers loss to Miami. Senior Bri Kulas recorded her sixth career double-double in the contest as well.
Mizzou held Hartford to just 19-percent shooting from the three-point line in their win.
Missouri's win over Hartford marked head coach Robin Pingeton's 50th win at Mizzou.
The Tigers win over Hartford marked the first time since the 1982-83 season that Mizzou started the year off 7-0.
Despite a tough loss to Miami, things are looking up for the Tigers. Mizzou holds a 13-1 record in games following Thanksgiving Tournaments through the past 15 years.
As the team, the Tigers aim for 80-percent free-throw shooting during practices and in games. So far this season the Tigers have done a great job of sticking to that goal as the team leads the SEC with a 79.2 free throw shooting percentage. Amongst individual leaders, senior Bri Kulas is shooting 88.4 percent from the line, good for third in the league.
Off to a 7-1 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 7-0 record was the 1982-83 season. The next-best start to the season was when the Tigers kicked off the 1997-98 year with a 6-0 record.
Mizzou is on its way to one of the best non-conference seasons to date. Missouri is 7-1 in the non-con and will look to top the 2011-12 season when the team finished 10-1. The 10-1 record is the best for a Mizzou team since 2006-07 when the Tigers finished non-conference play with a 12-1 record.