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Tigers Open Big 12 Championship Wednesday

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Nov. 1, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri soccer team open Big 12 Championship play on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against Baylor at 2 p.m. The match will be streamed live for free on www.Big12Sports.com.

THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
The Big 12 Championship will be held at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio for the 15th consecutive year. The Tigers enter as the No. 6 seed for the Championship and will play third-seeded Baylor on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of two-seed Texas A&M and seven-seed Kansas, who kick off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. In the other half of the bracket, Oklahoma State earned the No. 1 seed and will face eighth-seed Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday., while four-seed Texas Tech faces off against five-seed Texas. The winners of the semifinal games will meet Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. to battle for the Big 12 Championship.

TIGERS IN THE BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Mizzou has qualified for the Big 12 Championship 14 times in 16 seasons. 2011 marks the third year overall and second year in a row that the Tigers have been the six-seed at the tournament. Overall, MU has a record of 11-11-1 in Big 12 Championship action and a 6-6-1 record in the quarterfinals. In the last four season, MU has an overall Championship record of 4-3-1 and a 3-1 mark in quarterfinal action.

LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou fell to the Iowa State Cyclones 1-0 in the regular season finale Friday night at Walton Stadium. Before the match, Missouri celebrated Senior Night by honoring its three senior captains Kelsey Blincow, Kendra Collins and Mallory Stipetich.

After a scoreless first half, Iowa State notched the inevitable game-winner in the 61st minute when Emily Goldstein found the back of the net.

The Tigers immediately responded with scoring chances but could not notch the equalizer. Mizzou's best chance came in the 87th minute when Missouri was awarded a free kick deep in the Cyclone end. Freshman Kaysie Clark lofted a free kick into the box that sophomore Dominique Richardson headed on goal. However, a Cyclone defender headed the shot out of the goal mouth to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.

SCOUTING BAYLOR
The Bears enter the Big 12 Championship with a 14-3-2 record, which stands as the most victories for the squad since the 1995 season.

Junior Dana Larsen paces the Bears with 10 goals and an assist for 21 points on the season, while fellow junior Lisa Sliwinski ranks second with 16 points on seven goals and two assists.

Goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst has played all but 20 minutes in goal for Baylor this season and sports a 0.57 goals against average and a .820 save percentage.

SEVEN TIGERS EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Showing they excel in the classroom as well as on the field, seven members of the Missouri women's soccer team received Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Senior Mallory Stipetich, junior Haley Krentz and sophomores Alyssa Diggs, Danielle Nottingham and Dominique Richardson all earned a spot on the first team, while senior Kelsey Blincow and junior Jessica Greer were named to the second team.

The selections were the third of Blincow and Stipetich's career and the second for Greer and Krentz.

BALANCED ATTACK FOR MIZZOU
Entering the Big 12 Championship, five different Tigers have notched at least 10 points so far this season. That number ranks tied for second all-time in MU history, behind the seven players who notched 10 or more points in 1998 and tied with the 1999, 2002, and 2009 squads.

Danielle Nottingham, Alyssa Diggs, Kelsey Blincow, Dominique Richardson and Abi Raymer have all hit the 10-point mark, with Kaysie Clark (nine points), Taylor Grant (eight) and Kendra Collins (seven) within striking distance.

MISSOURI DEFENSE WITH eight SHUTOUTS SO FAR THIS SEASON
MU's 4-0 shutout of SIUE on Oct. 7 marked the team's eighth shutout of the season. The mark ranks as the second-most shutouts in a season at MU, only behind the record 12 shutouts the 2008 squad compiled.

Goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein has six of the shutouts while she combined to record the other two. Sauerwein and the backline of senior Mallory Stipetich and juniors Jessica Greer and Allison Hu has been stellar all season, allowing just 1.00 goals per game.

TIGERS SET NON-CONFERENCE WINNING PERCENTAGE RECORD
With MU's 4-0 win over SIUE on Oct. 7, the team finished non-conference play with a 9-2 record to set a new program non-conference winning percentage record of .909.

Before the victory over SIUE, the 2007 squad's 8-1 mark against non-conference squads stood as the leader with a winning percentage of .889.

STIPETICH EARNS WEEKLY HONORS
Senior Mallory Stipetich was rewarded for her play against Kansas on Oct. 21 with a spot on CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers for Week 10. The defender headed home a goal in the 85th minute to knot the score at 2-2 as the Tigers picked up a dramatic 3-2 win over the Jayhawks.

The goal was the first of the season for Stipetich, who has played all but 12 of MU's 1,630 minutes at center back. The tally was the fifth of her career but first since her freshman season, when Stipetich posted four goals.

TIGERS SCORE SEASON HIGH FIVE GOALS AT OKLAHOMA
Missouri recorded a 5-2 at Okahoma on Oct. 16 to mark its highest goal output of the 2011 season so far. The team had posted four goals three times previously, against Eastern Illinois, Purdue and SIUE.

Additionally, five different Tigers notched goals against the Sooners, which was the most since seven different players scored against Northern Iowa in a 8-0 on Sept. 25, 2009.

CLARK NAMED NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Kaysie Clark was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 4 for her play against No. 24 Texas A&M and Texas . The selection was the first of Clark's career.

Clark notched the game-winning goal in Mizzou's 1-0 defeat of the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies 1-0 on Sept. 30. Her tally in the 64th minute was the first of her collegiate career. The midfielder also assisted on Missouri's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Texas.

The Liberty, Mo., native has started all 15 games at midfield for Mizzou this season. She has five points so far and 27 shots, including 13 shots on goal.

TIGERS TIE CONSECUTIVE WINS RECORD
The Tigers reeled off seven straight wins sandwiched between a 2-1 loss at San Diego in the season opener and a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Florida on Sept. 16. The mark tied the program record for consecutive wins set during the 2006 season. During that year, Missouri posted seven consecutive wins from Aug. 25 - Sept. 15.

SAUERWEIN AND STIPETICH EARN WEEKLY HONORS
Senior Mallory Stipetich and redshirt freshman McKenzie Sauerwein were honored for their play Sept. 9-11 with weekly awards. Stipetich was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Women's College Team of the Week while Sauerwein received Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors and a spot on Soccer America's Team of the Week.

Stipetich earned TopDrawerSoccer.com honors for her play against Arizona and Arizona State. The captain helped the Tigers tournament title as Missouri defeated both the Wildcats and Sun Devils 1-0.

Sauerwein played all 180 minutes in goal for Mizzou that weekend and was credited with both shutouts, her second and third of the season. She recorded seven saves against Arizona on Sept. 9 and followed that up with a five save performance against Arizona State on Sept. 11.

FOUR TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Four Mizzou players were named to the Sun Devil Classic All-Tournament Team following their play against Arizona and Arizona State last weekend.

Sophomore Dominique Richardson earned MVP honors and was joined on the team by senior Mallory Stipetich, redshirt freshman McKenzie Sauerwein and freshman Abi Raymer.

RICHARDSON EARNS NATIONAL ACCOLADES
Sophomore Dominique Richardson earned spots on Soccer America's National Team of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers following a four-point weekend against No. 7 Ohio State and Purdue.

Richardson notched the game-winner in MU's 1-0 upset over the Buckeyes on Aug. 26. She put the Tigers on the board in the 51st minute and helped the defense hold on for the victory. Two days later against Purdue, Richardson gave Mizzou its first lead of the game, 2-1, after heading home a corner kick from Kelsey Mulcahy in the 51st minute.

TIGERS GAME AIRED ON ESPNU
For the fourth consecutive season, the Missouri Tigers will played a game televised nationally on ESPNU when Mizzou's Oct. 16 matchup with Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., was aired on the network.

In 2008, Missouri's games against Texas and Texas A&M were broadcast nationally on ESPNU. The Tigers and Aggies' games in 2009 and 2010 were also aired on the channel.