The Tigers host the Bruins at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Dec. 15, 2013
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MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 52-52 at MU (4th season)
BU Head Coach: Cameron Newbauer
(IPFW, `01) 3-7 at BU (1st season)
TIGERS HOST BRUINS MONDAY
After a week of focusing on their studies, Mizzou Women's Basketball returns to the court on Monday to host the Belmont Bruins in a 7 p.m. contest. This will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Bruins. The game will mark the beginning of Mizzou's partnership with Toys for Tots. Fans who donate a new, unwrapped toy will receive free admission to Monday's game. The drive will continue on Dec. 22 against Western Illinois.
Mizzou gets back on the road Thursday in Springfield, Mo. with a 7 p.m. contest at Missouri State. The game will be televised on the Mediacom network, available for Mediacom subscribers throughout the state of Missouri on channels 22 and 722.
The Bruins are 3-7 on the season, coming to Missouri off of a loss to SEC opponent Georgia. The Bruins were picked to finish third in the OVC in the conference preseason poll, and junior Jordyn Luffman received All-OVC Preseason honors as well. Luffman leads the Bruins, averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers recorded a record-breaking win over Bradley last week, with a school-record 126 points and a school record 65 first-half points.
Senior Bri Kulas matched her career high scoring mark with 27 points in the game, knocking down 26 of those points in the first half.
Seven Tigers reached double figures in the contest.
Morgan Stock set a new career high mark with 7 three-pointers and 21 points in the game.
As the team, the Tigers aim for 80-percent free-throw shooting during practices and in games. After connecting on 14-of16 from the charity stripe in its 126-55 win over Bradley last Sunday, Mizzou is now shooting 80.5-percent from the line this season, ahead of its season goal. That mark leads the SEC and checks in at third nationally. Seven players are shooting 75-percent or better and Mizzou's leader in total free throws - Bri Kulas - is arguably the team's top shooter from the line, checking in at 88.2-percent (45-of-51).
Mizzou is on its way to one of the best non-conference seasons to date. Missouri is 9-1 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. Mizzou's 9-1 mark is a big reason why the SEC is on pace for its best non-conference mark in league history as it is currently 108-22 (.830) as a league this season.
The Tigers are coming off of a game in which they reset school records in points (126), points in a half (65) and 3-pointers (18) while seven players scored in double-figures in a 126-55 win over Bradley last Sunday.
Under fourth-year head coach Robin Pingeton, Mizzou is continuing to play great team basketball. That is evidenced by Mizzou 18.7 assists per game (second in the SEC and 17th nationally) and its 1.21 assist-turnover ratio, which ranks third in the SEC and 28th nationally. Over its last two games, Mizzou has assisted on 66.7-percent (52-of-78) of its field goals while boasting a 1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio.
This season the Tigers are averaging 5.5 blocks per game, a number that ranks second in the SEC and 17th 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 22 blocks on the season, good for an average of 2.2 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 (second) in defensive rebounding at 30.9 per game and are also third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2.
Mizzou continues to show quality depth off the bench this season as the team is averaging 29.5 points per game off the pine. Three different players average at least 6.0 points per game off the bench this season, led by 8.9 from sophomore Morgan Stock. Mizzou has a +11.9 average per game off the bench this season.
The Tigers have shown a great ability to close games this season, averaging 41.2 points per game in the second half. Conversely, Mizzou is limiting its opponents to just 29.8 points per game in the second half. To prove the killer instinct, Mizzou is connecting on 83-percent of its shots from the charity stripe in the second half as well.
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