Dec. 19, 2012
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15, 061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 36-38 at MU (third season)
MUR: Rob Cross (Murray State `91) 65-78 at MUR (fifth season)
MIZZOU CLOSES HOMESTAND WITH MURRAY STATE ON THURSDAY
The Tigers have one more home game before the holiday break, as the team will welcome the Murray State Racers to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Dec. 20. Mizzou will resume play with a road contest at Memphis on Dec. 29. The Tigers are undefeated against the Murray State in program history and boast a 5-0 record against the team. The last meeting between Mizzou and Murray State was on Dec. 31, 2009 in a televised contest at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers pulled out a 71-32 victory thanks to double-doubles from both Christine Flores and RaeShara Brown. Then a sophomore, Kendra Frazier put up a career-high eight points and 10 rebounds as well.
Mizzou will take a short break for the holidays before hitting the road to Memphis, Tenn. to take on the Memphis Tigers on Dec. 29. Conference play will begin on Jan. 3 at Georgia as well. The Tigers will host their first SEC game on Jan. 6 when the Auburn Tigers come to Mizzou Arena.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE
The Racers are 7-3 on the season, heading to Missouri on a seven-game win streak. Most recently, Murray State topped Alabama A&M 69-54 after stomping Mid-Continent, 110-28. The team's three losses came to Western Kentucky (69-80), Indiana (62-63) and James Madison (51-71), at the start of the season. The Racers are led by Mariah Robinson, who averages 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Erica Burgess is also averaging double digit points with 12.8 per game. Freshmen Kelsey Dirks and Erika Sisk have been named adidas OVC Freshman of the Week for the past three weeks, with Dirks being the most recent recipient of the honor and Sisk earning it the two weeks prior. Dirks was recognized for her career-best 20 points in the Racers' victory over Mid-Continent.
-Missouri leads the country with an average of 10.0 three-pointers made per game.
-Maddie Stock is ranked third in the SEC for her 38.3 three-point shooting percentage and fifth for her 2.1 threes per game. She hit a career-high 22 points against Southern Illinois in just 16 minutes of playing time and went 6-for-7 from behind the arc in the contest.
-Bri Kulas sits at No. 9 in the league with her 14.0 points per game, and Morgan Eye comes in at No. 12 for her 13.3 ppg.
-Kulas also ranks 10th in the SEC for her 45.6 shooting percentage and 9th for her 1.5 three-pointers made per game.
-Morgan Eye leads the SEC and is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation for her 3.8 three-pointers per game and is also ranked No. 18 in the nation for her .464 three-point shooting percentage.
-Kyley Simmons comes in at No. 8 in the nation for her 3.3 assist turnover ratio. The number also ranks second in the SEC.
-Freshman Lianna Doty ranks among the top 50 players in the nation with her 5.3 assists per game. (She is 43rd). The number also leads all freshmen in the SEC (No. 3 overall).
-Senior Sydney Crafton is No.3 in the nation for her 64.7 field goal percentage.
-Missouri's win over Southern Illinois marks the first time since Jan. 2, 2004 (vs. Miami of Ohio) that the team has made 40 or more field goals.
-Missouri's 110 points against Southern Illinois is not only the ninth-most points scored in program history, but it marks an SEC game high for the season.
-The Tigers win over Southern Illinois marks the Tigers' highest margin of victory this season (63). The previous high came against UAPB (38). The Tigers' 110 points is also the most since the team put up 105 against Murray State on Dec. 3, 2005.
-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 is 4-2 when the Tigers score first, and Missouri has scored first in six of its 12 games.
-Morgan Eye has attempted 10 three-pointers or more in five 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 nine of 12 games this season and grabbed over 30 rebounds in every contest. Mizzou's best outing came against SIU as the Tigers shot 57.7 percent including a whopping 50-percent from the perimeter.
-Mizzou has recorded more assists than 10 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.
-Missouri has used at least 11 players in 10 of 12 games this season. The Tigers are averaging 31.6 points per game off the bench, highlighted by a season-best 60 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tiger bench has put up at least 30 points in six games this year.
-In Tuesday's contest against Morgan State, Mizzou had 19 three-point attempts vs. 17 two-point attempts in the first half.
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