Dec. 27, 2012
Tip-off: 2:00 p.m.
Arena: Elma Roane Fieldhouse (2,565)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM, WUMR 91.7 FM
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 35-38 at MU (third season)
MEM: Melissa McFerrin (Missouri, `83) 84-50 at MEM (5th season)
MIZZOU RESUMES PLAY ON THE ROAD AT MEMPHIS
Mizzou Women's Hoops returns from a short break on Saturday with a road contest in Memphis, Tenn. The game will take place at 2 p.m. in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, and fans can tune in to listen to Brad Tregnago and Michael Porter on KTGR. Mizzou is 7-5 against Memphis in program history, with the last meeting last season at Mizzou Arena. The Mizzou Tigers pulled out a 58-48 win, and Christine Flores reached 1,000 career points in the contest.
After a short holiday break, the Tigers hit 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. Mizzou will host its first SEC game on Jan. 6 when the Auburn Tigers come to Mizzou Arena.
SCOUTING THE OTHER TIGERS
The Memphis Tigers are 6-5 on the season, and will see Missouri after a three game win streak. Memphis' 80-57 win over Alabama A&M helped to break a four-game losing streak. The two Tiger teams have seen a common opponent in St. Louis University, and the Memphis Tigers pulled out a 65-68 win over the Billikens. Memphis is led by Nicole Dickson this season, who averages 19.4 points per game and consistently starts for the team. Ariel Hearn also averages 14.0 points per game, and both Tigers will see Mizzou after recording 20 or more points in Memphis' contest versus Seton Hall.
--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 38.1 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. 11 in the league with her 13.9 points per game, and Kulas also ranks ninth in the SEC for her 45.3 shooting percentage and 12th 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 3.4 assist turnover ratio. The number also leads 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 5-2 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 10 of 13 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 11 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 11 of 13 games this season. The Tigers are averaging 30.2 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 last Tuesday's contest against Morgan State, Mizzou had 19 three-point attempts vs. 17 two-point attempts in the first half.
-Against Murray State, Mizzou assisted on 18 of 26 baskets while Murray State had just nine assists on 21 baskets while committing 12 turnovers.
Mizzou will see a familiar face on Saturday in Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin. McFerrin is a 1983 graduate of the University of Missouri and a four-year letterwinner who was a member of Mizzou's 1983 Big 12 Championship team. While at Mizzou, McFerrin received All-Big Eight Honorable Mention honors as well.
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