Mizzou Hits the Road to Face Bradley



Dec. 7, 2009

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women’s basketball team travels to Peoria, Ill., on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to face the Bradley Braves at 7:05 p.m. at at Lorene Ramsey Gym on the Campus of Illinois Central College. Missouri leads the all-time series with Bradley 7-2 and picked up a 83-54 win over the Braves on Dec. 9, 2008.

Missouri returns to Mizzou Arena for a pair of contests against Texas-Pan American on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Murray State on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

Entering its matchup with Missouri, Bradley owns a 2-4 record but is 1-1 in home contests. The Braves have wins over Illinois-Chicago (79-64) and UNLV (83-68) but suffered defeats at the hands of Northern Illinois (86-73), Illinois (67-45), Washington State (80-66) and Arkansas-Little Rock (58-51).

The Braves average 66.2 ppg. while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 33.0 percent from behind the arc. The squad also outrebounds its opponents 42.7-38.2 and swats away 4.5 bpg.

Freshman Katie Yohn leads a balanced Brave attack with 10.8 ppg., while junior Sonya Harris posts 9.7 ppg. and 10.7 rpg. Five other Braves also average at least 5.0 ppg.

Head Coach Paula Buscher is in her 10th year at the helm of Bradley and sports a 98-136 record with the team.

Four players scored in double figures as Missouri recorded an 83-53 win over Bradley at Mizzou Arena.

Jessra Johnson and Bekah Mills each scored 16 points to pace Mizzou to the victory. Mills, whose 16 points were a career high, also added a personal best six rebounds. Alyssa Hollins scored 14 points and RaeShara Brown posted 12 points to go along with four steals.

Mizzou outscored Ball State 40-28 in the second half to propel the team to a 66-55 victory over the Cardinals on Dec. 5 at Mizzou Arena.

Junior Shakara Jones secured her second double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jessra Johnson narrowly missed her own double-double with a team high 18 points and nine rebounds to go along with three blocks. Sophomore Christine Flores scored a season high 10 points and junior RaeShara Brown added nine points and a career high tying seven assists.

Senior Amanda Hanneman nailed a three to open the second half as the Tigers took a 29-27 advantage but Ball State came roaring back on an 13-5 run as the Cardinals grabbed a 40-34 advantage with 14:24 on the clock.

After Johnson and Ball State’s Benning traded baskets, Mizzou upped its intensity and responded with a 13-0 run, including six points from Brown, as the Tigers gained a 51-42 lead with 9:31 left in the game.

Tiger Head Coach Cindy Stein is headed home for Missouri’s contest against Bradley on Tuesday. Stein hails from Peoria, Ill., and played at Illinois Central College, the sight of Tuesday’s game, for two seasons. In fact, Stein will coach on the same exact court she played on almost 30 years ago. A junior college All-American at ICC, Stein helped lead the Cougars to two NJCAA National Tournament appearances.

Stein and Bradley Head Coach Paula Buscher also have ties. The two were teammates in high school and at Illinois Central College.

Senior Jessra Johnson entered the 2009-10 season with 902 points in her career, just 98 shy of the century mark. The forward posted 18 points against Ball State to up her career total to 990, only 10 away from 1,000.

She will become just the 27th player in MU history to reach the mark.

Johnson should also end her tiger career ranked in the top-10 in career rebounds as well. Currently sitting on 564 in her career, she needs 105 rebounds to pass Nikki Smith (1992-95) and move into 10th place on the all-time list.

Mizzou’s post play deserves much of the credit for the 66-55 victory over Ball State on Dec. 5. The team more outscored the Cardinals 46-22 in the paint, with the trio of Jessra Johnson, Shakara Jones and Christine Flores doing most of the damage.

Johnson posted a team high 18 points while Jones scored 15 points and Flores chipped in a season high 10.

The 46 points in the paint also was a season high for the Tigers, besting the 42 points scored against Memphis on Nov. 18.


The Tigers trailed Ball State 27-26 at the half on Dec. 5 after shooting just 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor during the first 20 minutes.

Missouri came out of the break a different team, as the squad shot 58.6 percent (17-29) from the floor to outscore the Cardinals 40-28 during the second half. Mizzou also made 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc after shooting just 1-of-7 in the first half.

Six of the eight Tigers who attempted shots in the second half shot better than 50 percent.

Sophomore Christine Flores made the most out of her 13 minutes against Ball State on Dec. 5. The forward posted a season high 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. Her point total more than doubled her previous season high (four set against Northern Iowa and Memphis) and stands as the second highest total of her career (behind 18 points against Duquesne on Jan. 3, 2009).
Senior Jessra Johnson had her most complete game of the season against Ball State on Dec. 5. The forward posted a team high 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. She also recorded three blocks and two assists during the contest.

The game marked the third time this season Johnson just missed a double-double. Against Memphis on Nov. 18 she recorded 22 points and nine boards and against Florida State on Nov. 29 she recorded 16 points and nine rebounds.

Junior forward Shakara Jones registered 15 points and 10 rebounds in Missouri’s 66-55 win over Ball State on Dec. 5 to record her second double-double of the season. She also posted a double-double against Memphis with 16 points iand a team high 10 rebounds

Her output against Ball State marked Jones’ fifth career double-double as a member of the Tigers. Besides her two this year, her three other double-doubles all came during her freshman season. In her first game with Mizzou, Jones erupted for 27 points and 14 rebounds, still career highs. She also had double-doubles against Texas State (20 points, 13 rebounds) and UMKC (17 points, 10 rebounds).

The Tigers shot an impressive 50 percent (9-18) from behind the arc in the contest with No. 9 Florida State on Nov. 29. In the second half, Mizzou shot 60 percent (6-10) from three-point land. The last time the Tigers shot 50 percent from three was against Texas Tech on Jan. 12, 2008, when the team made 9-of-15 for 60 percent.

Senior Amanda Hanneman led the charge with six of Missouri’s three-pointers.

Mizzou’s success from behind the arc against Florida State is largely attributed senior Amanda Hanneman, who made six threes for the second time this season.

Over Missouri’s first six games, Hanneman has made 22 threes. Her season high for threes is 41, set in 2007-08, when she shot .414 from behind the arc.

If she continues to hit threes at this pace for the remainder of the season she will crush Alyssa Hollins’ single-season record of 90. 

Hanneman entered her senior season with a career scoring average of 4.6 ppg. (high of 7.6 as a sophomore) and a personal best 18 points in a game. She is obliterating those numbers so far in her final year as a Tiger.

The senior is leads MU at 15.0 ppg. She has led the team in scoring in three of the first six games (career high 26 against Northern Iowa, 17 against Indiana and 20 against Florida State) after accomplishing that feat just once before in her previous three years. Additionally, she has scored 20 or more points twice this season after failing to reach the mark in first 65 games of her career.

Known as a defensive specialist after nabbing 79 steals last season, junior RaeShara Brown is doing it all for the Tigers this year.

The guard is averaging 11.5 ppg. after marks of 1.0 ppg. and 6.0 ppg. as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. Brown, who stands just 5’8”, also is second on the team with 6.8. More impressive is that 22 of her 41 rebounds this season have come on the offensive end.

Brown also leads the Tigers in assists (4.2 apg.) and steals (2.3 spg.).

Junior RaeShara Brown was all over the court in Missouri’s 69-65 win over Florida A&M on Nov. 27. The guard finished the game with 16 points, one off her career high, and had eight rebounds to go along with three steals.

Brown was especially big in the second half when the Rattlers made their move, scoring 11 of her points in the final 20 minutes. She continually drove to the basket, earning 12 free throw attempts, a career high.

Sophomore BreAnna Brock entered MU’s game against Florida A&M without any blocks in her nine games in a Tiger uniform. Against the Rattlers on Nov. 27 the forward came up huge with four big blocks, the most for a Missouri player this season.

Brock also posted a career high seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

Just two games into the 2009-10 season junior RaeShara Brown accomplished something she could not do in her first two years with the program: reach double figures in points for two consecutive games. After scoring 16 points against Florida A&M and 13 at No. 9 Florida State, the junior has now reached double figures in four of Mizzou’s five games.

Prior to this year Brown reached double figures just four times in her career, all in 2008-09.

Amanda Hanneman eruped for a career high 26 points in the season opener against Northern Iowa on Nov. 15. The senior also set career marks in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (16), three-point field goals made (six) and three-point field goals attempted (12). Her previous career high in points came when she posted 18 against Delaware State on Dec. 29, 2007.

Hindered by injuries throughout her career, Hanneman is healthy for the first time at MU and is putting her talent on display.

Junior RaeShara Brown, known around the Big 12 for her defense, displayed every aspect of her game on Nov. 15 against Northern Iowa. The guard scored 10 points, pulled down a team high nine rebounds, dished out a career high assists and grabbed three steals.

Brown narrowly missed her first career double-double with nine rebounds and  point total marked the fifth time in her career she reached double figures.

Last season started 28 games and averaged 6.0 ppg. (6.9 ppg. in Big 12 action), 6.1 rpg. and a conference high 2.6 spg.

Senior Marissa Scott also posted a new career high in points against Northern Iowa on Nov. 15. The forward  registered 11 points to better her previous mark of 10 set against Kansas last season. Scott also shot an impressive 83.3 (5-6) percent from the field, including her lone three-point attempt.

Regarded as a superior shooter who was too unselfish, Scott’s six shot attempts are almost four more than she averaged per game last season (2.1).

Redshirt sophomore point guard Bekah Mills is forced to the sideline for the second time in three years after suffering an ACL injury during preseason practice. Mills also injured her right knee in 2007-08 and was forced to redshirt the season.

Last year during her redshirt freshman campaign, Mills started 24 of 29 games for the Tigers. She averaged 23 minutes per contest to go along with 5.9 ppg. 3.2 rpg. and 2.2 apg. Mills was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Dec. 15 after averaging 14.5 ppg. and shooting 72.7 percent from the field in games against Bradley and UT Martin.




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