Mizzou Faces Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday



Dec. 21, 2009

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team continues its six-game homestand riding a four-game winning streak with a contest against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lady Lions Monday night at Mizzou Arena. All children in attendace will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa on the concourse prior to the game. The Tigers hold a 3-0 all-time record over the Golden Lady Lions, including a 94-54 win in the last meeting on Dec. 29, 2006.

Mizzou returns from its holiday break with a contest against the North Texas Mean Greens at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers then host the Duquesne Dukes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Lions enter Mizzou Arena with a 1-7 mark on the season. The team picked up its lone win against Texas Pan American (69-58) on Dec. 1.

The team averages 58.4 ppg. while shooting 33.9 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from the three-point line. The Lady Lions also grab 39.3 rpg. and swipes 7.4 spg.

Senior Shavondra Holmes leads Arkansas-Pine Bluff in both scoring and rebounding with 13.8 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. on the season. Junior Rekevia Brown ranks second on the squad in both categories with 12.0 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. Junior LaQuiesha Slaton adds 2.3 spg.

Head Coach Cary Shelton is in his first season with the Lady Lions and owns a 1-7 record with the team.

Mizzou outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62-30 in the second half, including shcoting 74.2 percent from the floor, as the Tigers beat the Lady Lions 94-52 on Dec. 29 at Mizzou Arena.

EeTisha Riddle scored a team high 20 points, Tiffany Brooks shot 8-of-9 from the floor for 19 points and Jessra Johnson pulled down a then-career high 10 rebounds in the victory.

Missouri ran out to a 21-0 lead as the team earned a 71-32 win over Murray State on Dec. 13.

Sophomore Christine Flores posted the first double-double of her career with 16 points and a career high 12 rebounds, to go along with seven blocks. The block total tied the MU single-game record, previously set by Amanda Lassiter against Western Kentucky and Stretch James against Southwest Missouri State, on Dec. 4, 1999 and Dec. 10, 2003, respectively.

Junior RaeShara Brown also notched double figures with 11 points and five steals, while sophomore Kendra Frazier recorded personal bests of eight points and 10 boards. Senior Toy Richbow added a season high eight points.

Sophomore Christine Flores' play in the last four games is remarkable considering her output in Mizzou's first five contests.

In the first five contests of the year, the forward averaged just 2.0 ppg. That output has jumped to 13.3 ppg. in games against Ball State, Bradley, Texas-Pan American and Murray State.

Most recently Flores had her best game of the year with a team high 16 points on 6-of-12 from the floor, a career high 12 rebounds, including five offensive, and an incredible seven blocks, which tied a MU single-game record.

In the other contests, she saw 13 minutes of playing time against Ball State and posted 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. On Dec. 8, Flores played 15 minutes and notched nine points against Bradley. Then three days later she again played 15 minutes and scored 14 points, including a 6-of-7 mark from the free throw line.

The Tigers posted a season high 12 blocks against Murray State on Dec. 13. The total stands as the most blocks for a Mizzou team in over six years, since the Tigers recorded 12 against Bradley on Nov. 23, 2003. The team record for blocks in a game is 14, set against Iowa State during the 1983-84 season.

On an individual level, sophomore Christine Flores' seven blocks against the Racers tied the program single-game record. Former Tigers Amanda Lassiter and Stretch James also recorded seven against Western Kentucky on Dec. 4, 1999 and Southwest Missouri State on Dec. 10, 2003, respectively.

Junior RaeShara Brown entered the 2009-10 season with five career three-pointers in 17 attemps, all of which came last year.

This year Brown is shooting 7-of-14 (50 percent) from behind the arc. Against Bradley on Dec. 8, the guard attempted and made two treys to mark the first time in her career she made two in one game. Two games later, Brown attempted five three-pointers and made three of them.

Sophomore Kendra Frazier has made the most of her playing time the past two contests. The forward, who played a combined 11 minutes in three games prior to Dec. 10, is setting career highs left and right lately.

Frazier started the trend with a then-career high seven points in 13 minutes against Texas-Pan American on Dec. 10. Three days later, she narrowly missed her first double-double with career highs of eight points and 10 rebounds against Murray State.

Junior RaeShara Brown has been stealing up a storm the past three contests. The guard, who led the Big 12 in steals as a sophomore last year, has averaged 4.3 spg. in games against Bradley, Texas-Pan American and Murray State to put her back on top of the Big 12.

Brown averages 3.0 spg. (28 on the season) to pace all Big 12 players.

Sophomore Bailey Gee had a breakout game against Texas-Pan American Dec. 10 at Mizzou Arena. She played a season high 19 minutes and erupted for a personal best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor.

Entering the game with the Broncs, Gee has seen action in just two of Missouri's first seven games, playing a total of six minutes and no points.

Her 14-point ouput surpassed her previous career high of 13 points, accomplished against UT Martin on Dec. 14, 2008.

Entering their game with Texas-Pan American on Dec. 10, Missouri's five starters averaged 53.8 of the team's 68.1 ppg., which equated to 79 percent of the team's offense.

It was a different story against the Broncs, as the Tigers got 54 points from the bench, a full 20 points more than the entire Texas-Pan American team total. Seven of eight players off the bench scored, including 14 points apiece from sophomores Christine Flores and Bailey Gee.

Over the past three games the Tigers have nabbed 13.3 spg. in wins over Bradley, Texas-Pan American and Murray State. In Mizzou's first six games of the season, the team averaged just 8.3 spg.

Those extra steals have accounted for the Tigers forcing their opponents into 28.0 turnovers per game the past three contests, compared to the 17.8 Mizzou opponents committed in those first six games.

The team now ranks second in the Big 12 in turnover margin (+5.9) and third in steals (10.0).

Missouri grabbed a season high 26 offensive rebounds (compared to 23 defensive rebounds) in the team's 52-46 victory over Bradley on Dec. 8. So far this year the team has recorded at least 19 offensive boards in five of its nine games.

The total is also a major reason Mizzou ranks first in the Big 12 with 18.3 offensive rebounds per game, ahead of Oklahoma, which averages 14.9.

On an individual level, junior Shakara Jones is third in the league with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.

Johnson reaches milestone
With a layup to start scoring in the second of Missouri's game against Bradley on Dec. 5 senior Jessra Johnson etched her name in the MU record book. The basket marked the 999th and 1,000th points in her Tiger career, making her the 27th player in Missouri history to score at least 1,000 points.

Johnson entered the 2009-10 season with 902 points in her career, just 98 shy of the century mark. She posted eight points against Texas-Pan American to put her career total to 1,015.

Johnson should also end her tiger career ranked in the top-10 in career rebounds as well. Currently sitting on 578 in her career, she needs 91 rebounds to pass Nikki Smith (1992-95) and move into 10th place on the all-time list.

On a day when the Tiger offense was not clicking on all cylinders, the Tiger defense stepped up to lead Mizzou to a 52-46 win at Bradley on Dec. 8.

Missouri shot a season low 26.9 percent from the floor (18-67) but also posted season highs with 49 rebounds and 16 steals against just 13 turnovers. On the other side, the Tigers forced Bradley to commit 26 turnovers. Junior RaeShara Brown led the charge with a career high-tying five steals in the contest.

Mizzou's post play deserves much of the credit for the 66-55 victory over Ball State on Dec. 5. The team more outscored the Cardinals 46-22 in the paint, with the trio of Jessra Johnson, Shakara Jones and Christine Flores doing most of the damage.

Johnson posted a team high 18 points while Jones scored 15 points and Flores chipped in a season high 10.

The 46 points in the paint also was a season high for the Tigers, besting the 42 points scored against Memphis on Nov. 18.

Senior Jessra Johnson leads Mizzou with 15.0 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. but cannot seem to catch a break in one category: double-doubles. The forward has missed double-doubles by just one rebound four times this season, including three games in a row against Florida State, Ball State and Bradley.

Johnson started the trend with a 22 point, nine rebound performance against Memphis. It continued at No. 9 Florida State with 16 points and nine boards. An 18 point, nine rebound outing against Ball State was followed with her 17 point, nine rebound night at Bradley.

The Tigers trailed Ball State 27-26 at the half on Dec. 5 after shooting just 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor during the first 20 minutes.

Missouri came out of the break a different team, as the squad shot 58.6 percent (17-29) from the floor to outscore the Cardinals 40-28 during the second half. Mizzou also made 3-of-5 shots from behind the arc after shooting just 1-of-7 in the first half.

Six of the eight Tigers who attempted shots in the second half shot better than 50 percent.

Junior forward Shakara Jones registered 15 points and 10 rebounds in Missouri's 66-55 win over Ball State on Dec. 5 to record her second double-double of the season. She also posted a double-double against Memphis with 16 points iand a team high 10 rebounds

Her output against Ball State marked Jones' fifth career double-double as a member of the Tigers. Besides her two this year, her three other double-doubles all came during her freshman season. In her first game with Mizzou, Jones erupted for 27 points and 14 rebounds, still career highs. She also had double-doubles against Texas State (20 points, 13 rebounds) and UMKC (17 points, 10 rebounds).

The Tigers shot an impressive 50 percent (9-18) from behind the arc in the contest with No. 9 Florida State on Nov. 29. In the second half, Mizzou shot 60 percent (6-10) from three-point land. The last time the Tigers shot 50 percent from three was against Texas Tech on Jan. 12, 2008, when the team made 9-of-15 for 60 percent.

Senior Amanda Hanneman led the charge with six of Missouri's three-pointers.

Known as a defensive specialist after nabbing 79 steals last season, junior RaeShara Brown is doing it all for the Tigers this year.

The guard is averaging 9.9 ppg. after marks of 1.0 ppg. and 6.0 ppg. as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. Brown, who stands just 5'8", also is third on the team with 5.9. More impressive is that 24 of her 47 rebounds this season have come on the offensive end.

Brown also leads the Tigers in assists (3.9 apg.) and steals (2.8 spg.).

Junior RaeShara Brown was all over the court in Missouri's 69-65 win over Florida A&M on Nov. 27. The guard finished the game with 16 points, one off her career high, and had eight rebounds to go along with three steals.

Brown was especially big in the second half when the Rattlers made their move, scoring 11 of her points in the final 20 minutes. She continually drove to the basket, earning 12 free throw attempts, a career high.

Sophomore BreAnna Brock entered MU's game against Florida A&M without any blocks in her nine games in a Tiger uniform. Against the Rattlers on Nov. 27 the forward came up huge with four big blocks, the most for a Missouri player this season.

Brock also posted a career high seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

Just two games into the 2009-10 season junior RaeShara Brown accomplished something she could not do in her first two years with the program: reach double figures in points for two consecutive games. After scoring 10 points against Bradley, the junior has now reached double figures in five of Mizzou's eight games.

Prior to this year Brown reached double figures just four times in her career, all in 2008-09.

Amanda Hanneman eruped for a career high 26 points in the season opener against Northern Iowa on Nov. 15. The senior also set career marks in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (16), three-point field goals made (six) and three-point field goals attempted (12). Her previous career high in points came when she posted 18 against Delaware State on Dec. 29, 2007.

Hindered by injuries throughout her career, Hanneman is healthy for the first time at MU and is putting her talent on display.

Redshirt sophomore point guard Bekah Mills is forced to the sideline for the second time in three years after suffering an ACL injury during preseason practice. Mills also injured her right knee in 2007-08 and was forced to redshirt the season.

Last year during her redshirt freshman campaign, Mills started 24 of 29 games for the Tigers. She averaged 23 minutes per contest to go along with 5.9 ppg. 3.2 rpg. and 2.2 apg. Mills was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Dec. 15 after averaging 14.5 ppg. and shooting 72.7 percent from the field in games against Bradley and UT Martin.



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