You can catch the Tigers on Mediacom Cable as well as My ZOU-TV Thursday evening.
Dec. 18, 2013
Arena: JQH Arena (11,000)
Live Scoring: www.mizzoustats.com
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM, 103.1 FM and 1580 AM
TV: Mediacom 22/722, My ZOU-TV
Live Video: Bears All-Access
MU Head Coach: Robin Pingeton
(St. Ambrose `90) 53-52 at MU (4th season)
MSU Head Coach: Kellie Harper
(Tennessee, `99) 2-6 at MSU (1st season)
MIZZOU TO FACE IN-STATE RIVAL MISSOURI STATE
The Tigers will head south on Thursday to face in-state foe Missouri State in a 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will air on Mediacom channels 22 and 722 throughout the state and also on My ZOU-TV in Mid-Missouri. The Tigers and the Lady Bears last met in 2012 at Mizzou Arena with the Tigers earning a 91-77 victory. Missouri owns a 17-6 record against Missouri State in program history.
The Tigers welcome Western Illinois to Mizzou Arena on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Sunday's game will also feature Family Funday on the concourse beginning at 1 p.m. Following the game, fans can participate in an autograph session with the Tiger sophomore class, and receive a special edition sophomore poster.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
The Lady Bears are 2-6 on the season, with victories coming over Arkansas-Little Rock and Lamar. The team is led by Kenzie Williams and Tyonna Snow, who are both averaging over 10 points per game. Bry Snow is also among team leaders as she leads the team averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. WIlliams is a two-time MVC Player of the Week this season, with the most recent honor coming on Monday, Dec. 16.
LAST TIME OUT
Missouri earned its 10th win of the season with its 82-70 victory over Belmont on Monday. This marks the second time under head coach Robin Pingeton that the Tigers have started out 10-1 (last time was 2011-12), which equals the program's best start to a season since 2006-07.
Senior Bri Kulas matched her career-high mark of 27 points for the second consecutive game. She has scored 20 or more points in four games so far this year.
Freshman Jordan Frericks tallied her second career double-double in the win, scoring 14 points while pulling down 15 boards, two shy of her career-high. It was the second consecutive game that she has scored in double-figures and the fifth time this season. It was also her fourth game with 10+ rebounds.
The Tigers out-rebounded Belmont, 47-28, on Monday. It was Mizzou's second-largest rebounding margin of the season.
As the team, the Tigers aim for 80-percent free-throw shooting during practices and in games. After connecting on 14-of-16 from the charity stripe in its 126-55 win over Bradley last Sunday, Mizzou is now shooting 78.9-percent from the line this season, just under its season goal. That mark leads the SEC and checks in at third nationally. Six players are shooting 70-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 87.7-percent (45-of-51).
Mizzou is on its way to one of the best non-conference seasons to date. Missouri is 10-1 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.
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 15th nationally) and its 1.21 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks third in the SEC and 27th nationally.
This season the Tigers are averaging 5.6 blocks per game, a number that ranks second in the SEC and 18th 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 28 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 31.3 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 28.5 points per game off the pine. Three different players average at least 6.0 points per game off the bench this season, led by 9.0 from sophomore Morgan Stock. Mizzou has a +10.2 average per game off the bench this season.
The Tigers have shown a great ability to close games this season, averaging 41.5 points per game in the second half. Conversely, Mizzou is limiting its opponents to just 30.1 points per game in the second half. To prove the killer instinct, Mizzou is connecting on 81-percent of its shots from the charity stripe in the second half as well.
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