Dec. 14, 2012
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15, 061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 34-38 at MU (third season)
SIU: Missy Tiber (West Liberty State `94) 16-81 at SIU (fourth season)
MISSOURI BACK IN ACTION AGAINST SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Mizzou Women's Basketball will welcome the Southern Illinois Salukis on Sunday, Dec. 16 in a 2 p.m. contest. Fans who bring in a donation to Toys for Tots will receive free admission to the game, and Santa Claus will make a special appearance on the main concourse of Mizzou Arena prior to tip off. Sunday's contest will be the 13th match-up between the Tigers and the Salukis, and Mizzou leads the series 7-5 in program history. The two teams have not met since the 2006-07 season. Mizzou opened its season in Carbondale, Ill., on Nov. 12, 2006 with a 71-60 victory over SIU.
It's a busy week for the Tigers as Missouri will host three teams in just five days. Following Mizzou's contest against the Salukis, the Tigers will host the Morgan State Bears on Dec. 18 and the Murray State Racers on Dec. 20.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The Salukis are 1-7 this season, coming to Mizzou off of a 70-66 loss to Marshall. The Salukis opened the regular season with five straight losses, including a 67-55 loss to Mizzou's upcoming opponent Murray State. The Salukis came across their first win against SEMO, thanks to a go-ahead free throw from Cartaesha Macklin in the last 0.5 second of the game. The Salukis are led by Macklin, who averages 13.9 points per game. Also a player to watch, Dyana Pierre is averaging 11.0 rebounds per game
-Eye leads the nation with 3.8 three-pointers per game and is also ranked No. 19 in the nation for her .463 three-point shooting percentage.
-Freshman Lianna Doty ranks among the top 50 players in the nation with her 5.1 assists per game. (She is 48th)
-Senior Sydney Crafton is No. 5 in the nation for her 63.3 field goal percentage.
-Mizzou's 97-59 victory over UAPB marks the Tigers' highest margin of victory this season (38). The Tigers' 97 points is also the most since the team put up 105 against Murray State on Dec. 3, 2005.
-Kyley Simmons has collected at least one steal in Mizzou's last four games.
-Morgan Eye has 81 points in the past four games, raising her season scoring average from 9.0 to 13.5.
-Mizzou held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only six assists (20.3 per game), the lowest for an opponent this season.
-Mizzou's bench outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff's bench 60-8, the largest differential for Mizzou this season.
-Missouri had five players in the double figures against Missouri State on Dec. 6, marking the first time since March 8, 2006 (vs. Texas Tech) that five Tigers have put up double digits in a game.
-Missouri is 3-2 when the Tigers score first, and Missouri has scored first in five of its ten games.
-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.
-Morgan Eye has attempted 10 three-pointers or more in four games this season.
-The Tiger bench is proving to be a great asset as the bench has only been outscored twice this season.
-Missouri has shot over 40 percent from the field in eight of 10 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 eight of 10 games this season.
-Mizzou has recorded more assists than eight 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.
-Mizzou attempted 37 three-pointers against SEMO and made 14 against UT Martin, which are team game highs for the league.
-Missouri has used at least 11 players in eight of 10 games this season. The Tigers are averaging 29.1 points per game off the bench, highlighted by a season-best 60 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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