Mizzou Back in Action Tuesday



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Dec. 20, 2010

The University of Missouri women's basketball team (6-4) returns to Mizzou Arena in the midst of a six-game homestand to host the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-3) Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers and Highlanders have never met but Mizzou holds a 5-3 record against Big West Conference teams (Cal State Fullerton: 3-0; UC Santa Barbara: 1-1; Long Beach State: 1-2).

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team (6-4) returns to Mizzou Arena in the midst of a six-game homestand to host the UC Riverside Highlanders (6-3) Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers and Highlanders have never met but Mizzou holds a 5-3 record against Big West Conference teams (Cal State Fullerton: 3-0; UC Santa Barbara: 1-1; Long Beach State: 1-2).

Mizzou is off until Wednesday, Dec. 29 when the Tigers host the UAB Blazers at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

The Highlanders enter Mizzou Arena with a 6-3 record on the season and 3-1 in their last four games. UC Riverside has big road wins over Pac-10 foes Washington (59-54) and Oregon (74-69), as well as wins over Montana, Seattle and Morgan State.

Senior Alyssa Morris is the only Highlander to averaged double figures with 11.2 ppg., to go along with a team high 5.8 rpg. Four other players score at least 7.8 ppg. per contest, including senior Brittany Waddell (9.8), sophomore Tre'Shonti Nottingham (8.6), senior Rheya Neabors (7.8) and senior Rhaya Neabors (7.8).

Head Coach John Margaritis is in his seventh season at UC Riverside and has a 109-86 record with the team.

Missouri used a 52-8 points in the paint advantage to help the team to a 72-37 victory over the NJIT Highlanders Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

Four Tigers reached double figures for the second straight game, led by senior RaeShara Brown's 18 points. Brown came close to a triple-double as she also grabbed nine rebounds and nabbed a career high tying seven steals. She was joined in double figures by senior Shakara Jones and juniors Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. Jones notched 11 points and nine boards, Flores had 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, and Brock added a career best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Missouri scored 31 points off NJIT's 23 turnovers and held the Highlanders to 23.2 percent shooting from the floor. The Tigers also hit 15-of-17 free throws to shoot 88.2 percent from the foul line.

The University of Missouri women's basketball team is teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect toys for mid-Missouri children this December.

All fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to Mizzou's next four home games on Dec. 7 (UT Martin), Dec. 11 (UMKC), Dec. 19 (NJIT) and Dec. 21 (UC Riverside) will receive free admission to the contest.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Senior Shakara Jones is sitting on 992 points in her career, just eight shy of the millennium mark. Assuming the forward accomplishes the feat this season, she will become just the 28th player in Mizzou history to score at least 1,000 points.

Jones has a 10.0 ppg. average in her three-year career, after posting marks of 10.5 ppg. as a freshman, 10.3 ppg. as a sophomore and 9.1 ppg. as a junior.

Senior RaeShara Brown is one of the Big 12's most versatile players, as she is one of only two players who rank in the top-10 in the conference in points (16.9), rebounds (7.4), assists (4.3) and steals (2.9), numbers that are all team highs.

Brown and Colorado's Chucky Jeffery are the only league players to find themselves among the Big 12's best in each of those categories. Below is a breakdown of their numbers:

Brown Jeffery
Points/Game 16.9 15.9
% of Team Points 30% 24%
Rebounds/Game 7.4 9.1
% of Team Rebounds 19% 22%
Assists/Game 4.3 5.1
% of Team Assists 35% 36%
Steals/Game 2.9 3.1
% of Team Steals 43% 35%

With a career high tying seven steals against NJIT on Dec. 19, senior RaeShara Brown has compiled 220 steals in her career and needs just 28 to tie former Tiger great Joni Davis as MU's all-time steals leader. Her 220 steals rank fourth in the Tiger record book, and just needs two more to tie Carla Yancey for third on the list.

Brown has led the Big 12 in steals the last two seasons, after outputs of 88 a year ago and 79 during her sophomore season. The totals rank third and eighth on Mizzou's single-season list.

Junior Christine Flores enters Tuesdays contest with 85 blocks in her career, just one shy of tying Debra Walker for 10th-place on Missouri's all-time block list.

Flores has 25 blocks so far this year to rank third in the Big 12 with 2.5 bpg. She has at least one block in all but one game this season and has averaged 4.7 bpg. over the past three contests (seven vs. UT Martin, two vs. UMKC, five vs. NJIT).

Last year Flores posted 39 blocks to tie for 10th on MU's single-season list.

Junior BreAnna Brock entered the Dec. 11 game against UMKC with zero double figure scoring outputs in 33 career games. She responded with 12 point against the Kangaroos in her first career start. Next time out, Brock did even better as the forward scored a career high 14 points on Dec. 19 against NJIT.

In the past two games, Brock is averaging 13.0 ppg. and shooting 81.3 percent (13-16) from the field. She's also grabbing 6.0 rpg. the last two contests.

So far this year, Brock is averaging 1.1 bpg. in just 7.0 mpg. She has recorded at least one block in nine of 10 games this year.

In MU's 72-37 win over NJIT on Dec. 19, the Tigers used an incredible 52-8 points in the paint advantage. Mizzou's total was the most points the team has scored in the paint all season, while NJIT's total was the fewest a Tiger opponent has posted in the paint this year.

Overall, Missouri has outscored its opponents in the paint in eight of 10 games this year, with an average margin of 32-20. The only two contests Mizzou was outscored in the paint were Tennessee (42-22) and Georgetown (22-18).

Entering Tuesday's game against UC Riverside, the Tigers rank fourth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percent defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 33.0 percent (191-578) from the floor. In the last three games, Mizzou's opponents averaged 23.2 percent (39-168) shooting from the field.

Missouri has held five opponents to shoot less than 30 percent from the floor so far this year: UT Martin (18.6), NJIT (23.3), Memphis (24.2), Ball State (27.9) and UMKC (28.3).

The 18.6 percent UT Martin shot against the Tigers marked Mizzou's lowest shooting percentage by an opponent since the same Skyhawks shot 14.6 percent against the Tigers on Dec. 14, 2008.

The Tigers now rank as the Big 12's second best shot blocking team, with an average of 5.9 bpg.The total trails just Baylor's 7.4, which ranks second in the nation.

The Tigers posted a season high 12 blocks against UT Martin on Dec. 7, five more than the previous best of seven recorded at Eastern Illinois. The total was just two shy of the team's single-game blocks record of 14, set against Iowa State during the 1983-84 season.

On an individual level, sophomore Christine Flores' seven blocks against the Skyhawks tied the program single-game record. Flores also tied the mark last season against Murray State on Dec. 13 to tie former Tigers Amanda Lassiter and Stretch James, who recorded seven against Western Kentucky on Dec. 4, 1999 and Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 10, 2003, respectively.

The Tigers had their most efficient game of the season from an offensive standpoint against UMKC on Dec. 11. Mizzou shot a season high 48.3 percent from the field on 29-of-60 shooting. The 29 field goals also marked a season high for the club. The squad also shot a season best 33.3 percent (7-21) from behind the arc.

Before the game with the `Roos, Mizzou's previous best shooting percentage of the year was 44.4 percent (16-36) in the team's 54-45 upset of Georgetown on Nov. 26.

So far this season, Missouri is shooting 42.5 percent from the floor, which ranks eighth in the Big 12. Through 10 games a year ago, the Tigers were shooting just 40.0 percent from the field.



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