Missouri Hosts Missouri State on Thursday



Dec. 5, 2012

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Tip-off: 7 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15, 061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM

MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 32-38 at MU (third season)
MSU: Nyla Milleson (Kansas State `85) 96-72 at MSU (6th season)

The Missouri State Bears will come to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Dec. 6. Fans who have attended all three in-state rivalry games will receive a complementary Mizzou tumbler. The Tigers and the Bears will tip-off at 7 p.m. for the first time since 2004. Mizzou leads the series 16-6 in program history, and the Tigers have fallen to the Bears in the last two meetings. Mizzou's last victory over Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) came in 2002 with a 68-52 victory in Springfield.

Coming up, Mizzou will welcome Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 8. The contest will mark the second half of a double-header with the Mizzou Men's Basketball team. The Tigers will also host Southern Illinois on Dec. 16 and Morgan State on Dec. 18 after finals week.

In-state rival Missouri State is off to a fast start at 5-2 overall despite playing a difficult schedule until this point of the season. The Bears took 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State to the wire in the season-opener but lost, 74-71. The Bears have won four straight heading into Saturday's contest and are 1-0 on the road so far this season. Whitney Edie, a 6-1 senior that is the reigning Missouri Valley Player of the Week, paces the team by averaging a double-double with 16.3 ppg and 10.6 rpg, both team-bests this season. She is one of four players to average in double-figures scoring - Christiana Shorter is averaging 16.2 ppg, Kenzie Williams averages 11.3 and Hannah Wilkerson checks in a t 10.1 ppg. The Bears are shooting 44.2-percent from the floor this season and are averaging 72.7 points per contest, but turnovers have plagued the Bears as they have 150 in seven contests (21.5 per game).

-Missouri is 3-2 when the Tigers score first, and Missouri has scored first in five of its eight games.
- Freshman Lianna Doty is third in the SEC with 41 assists the season and 5.1 assists per game, Doty also ranks 14th on the league's steals list this season with 18 so far.
-Doty's 5.1 assists per game also lead all freshman in the SEC.
- Sophomore Morgan Eye has made the most three pointers in the league this season, and she has the best three-point shooting percentage.
-Eye is also ranked No. 46 in the nation for her .429 three-point shooting percentage and also comes in at No. 21 for her 3.0 three-pointers per game.
-Freshman Lianna Doty ranks among the top 50 players in the nation with her 5.1 assists per game. (She is 47th)
-Morgan Eye has attempted 10 three-pointers or more in three games this season.
-The Tiger bench is proving to be a great asset as the bench has only been outscored once this season.
-Missouri has shot over 40 percent from the field in six of eight games this season and grabbed over 30 rebounds in every contest.
-The Tigers have earned a better three-point field goal percentage than opponents in six of eight games this season.
-Mizzou has recorded more assists than six opponents in games this season.
-Shooting .846 (11-13) from the field, Sydney Crafton recorded the SEC game-high for field goal percentage against SEMO.
-Morgan Eye has hit at least one three-pointer in every game this season and leads the Tigers with 29 made this season.
-Morgan Eye's .571 three-point shooting percentage against UT Martin marked an SEC game-high this season.
-Mizzou attempted 37 three-pointers against SEMO and made 14 against UT Martin, which are team game highs for the league.
-Missouri's win over UT Martin marked head coach Robin Pingeton's 370th career victory, and women's basketball's 80th victory in Mizzou Arena.
-The Tigers are shooting 49.2-percent from the floor over the last two games, including a blistering 56.5-percent in the second half of those games.
-Newcomer Bri Kulas is averaging a double-double over her last two games with 17 ppg and 11 rpg.
-Sydney Crafton is shooting 15-of-19 over her last two games, averaging 17 ppg in that span.
-Since returning home from Cancun, Mizzou is holding its opponents to just 31.3-percent shooting in the second half of games, giving up just 29.5 points in the second half in that span.
-Missouri has used at least 11 players in six of eight games this season. The Tigers are averaging 28.1 points per game off the bench, highlighted by a season-best 47 against Chicago State.

Senior Sydney Crafton is approaching her 500th career point this season as she has accumulated 492 points over her years at Mizzou. Morgan Eye set a new single-game record at Mizzou with her eight threes against UT Martin. The previous record was seven, reached by Julie Helm, Alyssa Hollins and Amanda Hanneman.



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