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Smith shines in Mizzou’s annual awards night

By Elaine Stockdale

Liz Smith grabs a defensive rebound against Eastern Illinois in Missouri's first round loss in the WNIT on March 20, 2013 at Mizzou Arena.

Liz Smith grabs a defensive rebound against Eastern Illinois in Missouri’s first round loss in the WNIT on March 20, 2013 at Mizzou Arena.

On April 14, the Missouri women’s basketball team held its annual end of season banquet. Awards were given out to players who had an outstanding season. Farewells for Missouri seniors Sydney Crafton, Liz Smith and Liene Priede were also made.

Smith won the Most Improved Player Award for her impressive forward jump in statistics since the 2011-12 season. The Johnson Community College transfer went from 1.6 rebounds per game to 5.3, and 1.5 points per game to 7.5 this season.

Smith also received the Dr. Joan Rutherford Award and Defensive Player of the Year award. Smith recorded 114 defensive rebounds and 25 blocks for the season. The Dr. Joan Rutherford Award recognizes her for her hard work as a student-athlete. In March, Smith was also awarded the 2013 Women’s Basketball Community Service Award by the Southeastern Conference. The award recognizes her dedication in helping the community. She was also awarded the Missouri’s Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award.

Morgan Eye also grabbed numerous awards. Eye received the Three Point Specialist Award. She set the record for most 3-pointers made (112) in the SEC for the season. She also broke Missouri’s single game record for 3-pointers made (11). The record was formerly held by Alyssa Hollins ,who set it in the 2007-08 season.

Eye also won the Free Throw Award, finishing the season as leader for percentage (79 percent) at the free throw line. The sophomore hit 19 of 24 free throw attempts.

Bri Kulas was awarded the Board Award finishing the season with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. The junior was also nominated for All-SEC Second Team in March and lead the team in points (440) and rebounds (209) this season.

Sophomore Bree Fowler was named NSCA All-American 2013 Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year for success in the weight room. Fowler dedicated herself to improving her strength and conditioning. She can bench press 160 pounds and can squat 300 pounds.

Missouri also recognized the whole team for its efforts to finish off the season with significant improvements and developments in the program. Missouri made it to post season for the first time since 2006-07 season and had a home record of 14-5. It was Missouri’s first season in the SEC and the team recorded 263 three-pointers, the most in the SEC by any team for the season. The previous SEC record was 248.

Mizzou women’s basketball attendance drops, season ticket sales increase

By Elaine Stockdale

Players and crowd look on as Missouri’s Liene Priede has her shot blocked by Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams February 3, 2013 at Mizzou Arena. Missouri recorded its highest crowd for the season in its game against Tennessee - 4,181.

Players and crowd look on as Missouri’s Liene Priede has her shot blocked by Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams February 3, 2013 at Mizzou Arena.

When you attend a Missouri men’s basketball game, Mizzou Arena is often filled to capacity with Tiger fans — 15,061 of them. The same can’t be said for the Missouri women’s basketball team, which regularly sees empty seats. Despite the move to the larger Southeastern Conference, the Tigers had a drop in attendance numbers this season.

With an average crowd of 1,536 showing up to SEC games compared to 1,764 last season in the Big 12, the Tigers home crowd average decreased by more than 200. That average is 10 percent of the venue. In the 2011-12 season, Mizzou Arena was filled to 12 percent.

Overall, the NCAA ranked the SEC third highest for 2012 conference attendance for Division 1 – averaging 3,940. The Big 12 leads for highest average attendance with 5,304.

Seven teams from the SEC were ranked in the NCAA Division 1 top 50 teams for attendance in 2012, the most recent figures available. Tennessee ranked first overall with an average of 14,414, which is just under Mizzou Arena’s capacity. Missouri ranked outside the top 50.

Tennessee was the only team to fill its venue to more than half its capacity (52%). When Missouri defeated Tennessee at home on February 3, the Tigers recorded its biggest crowd of the season —  4,181.

Home game average attendance Percent of venue filled Home venue and capacity Conference record
Tennessee 11,390 53% Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) 27 – 7
Kentucky 6,144 27% Rupp Arena (23,000) 30 – 6
Texas A&M 5,556 43% Reed Arena (12,989) 25 – 10
Vanderbilt 4,022 28% Memorial Gymnasium (14,326) 21 – 12
South Carolina 3,952 22% Colonial Life Arena (18,000) 25 – 8
LSU 3,858 29% Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215) 22 – 12
Georgia 3,131 30% Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) 28 – 7
Auburn 2,098 23% Auburn Arena (9,121) 19 – 15
Arkansas 1,933 10% Bud Walton Arena (19,200) 20 – 13
Missouri 1,536 10% Mizzou Arena (15,061) 17 – 15
Mississippi State 1,317 12% Humphrey Coliseum (11,000) 13 – 17
Florida 1,190 10% Stephen C. O’Connell Center (12,000) 22 – 14
Alabama 1,145 30% Foster Auditorium (3,800) 13 – 18
Ole Miss 903 10% C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061) 9 – 20


Mizzou Arena opened in 2004 and since then has had an average attendance of 1,733.

The Tigers home venue prior to Mizzou Arena’s opening was the Hearnes Center, with a capacity of 13,611 —  1,450 less than Mizzou Arena. Missouri averaged its highest attendance numbers while playing in the Hearnes Center. Andrew Grinch, associate athletic director for Mizzou Athletics said an NCAA Sweet 16 would have helped in boosting the numbers.

“Between 1997-78 and 2003-04 in the Hearnes Center, we averaged 1,942, its important to note the contribution of the NCAA Sweet 16 run in 2001 while still playing at Hearnes,” Grinch said.

Since 2000, Missouri’s best year for attendance was during the 2001-02 season, a year after making a run to the Sweet 16. The average crowd that year was 2,561. Since then, Missouri’s attendance has consistently decreased.


In 2010, former Missouri coach Cindy Stein was replaced by current coach Robin Pingeton. Missouri had a number of losing seasons under Stein but had one of its best seasons this year. Under Pingeton, the Tigers advanced to the WNIT for the first time since 2006-07, had two wins over top-15 teams and had their first overall winning record (17-15) since 2006-07 (17-14). Missouri also had one of its best home records, finishing 2012-13 with a 14-5 home record.

Pingeton was pleased with fan support and loyalty this season, for what she says is a young and growing program.

“I think our fans have been outstanding. They just really helped us create a home court environment,” Pingeton said. “People are excited about the program. We’ve got very educated fans in this community, and they understand the challenges ahead of us.”

Though there has been a drop in attendance numbers, Missouri had an increase in season tickets sold. Last year, 899 season tickets were sold; this year, Missouri sold 1,053.

Grinch said several factors including an increased marketing effort last year helped push the jump in tickets sold this year.

“I would like to point the continued efforts by Coach Pingeton, her student-athletes and the staff for building up excitement around the program,” Grinch said. “Also, the department implemented a comprehensive campaign last fall, including video, radio and print advertising — as well as grassroots efforts to encourage sales.”

Pingeton believes fans play an important role in the program and sees great things to come.

“I think season tickets going up is outstanding. I know it means a lot for the girls to come out and play out in front of a great crowd and use the energy they bring.”

Kulas leads with 26 as Mizzou defeats South Carolina 65-58, securing postseason play

Story by Elaine Stockdale

Columbia, Mo.­­— Mizzou upset No. 14 South Carolina 65-58 at Thursday night at Mizzou Arena, booking their spot in postseason play for first time since 2007.

Tonight’s win marks the 16th win for the Tigers, their 14th home win and their first win in three weeks – breaking a five-game losing streak.

Despite the win, coach Robin Pingeton is taking it one game at a time.

“It’s absolutely nice, there is no doubt about it, but we haven’t talked a lot about win number 16,” Pingeton said. “We can’t play for win number 16, we have to play our absolute best on each given night.”

Junior Bri Kulas had a stand out performance for Mizzou tonight, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

“We were just looking to attack, to protect the power zone, and make the baskets,” Kulas said.

Kulas was dominant throughout the game, grabbing rebounds and scoring points off her own second efforts. She was 8-16 from the field and 10-13 from the free throw line.

Kulas had plenty of drive and poise when attacking the basket, crossing over and weaving through players to the paint. Her strive and grit making it to the basket and grabbing rebounds contributed to her points and free throw attempts. Read more of this post

Mizzou faces South Carolina for senior night in last home game

Story by Elaine Stockdale

For their last regular season home game at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri women’s basketball team will play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Mizzou will set out to end a five game losing streak while being one win away from a .500 record.

Missouri needs one win – either tomorrow night at home or on the road against Alabama Sunday – to attain the .500 record, making them eligible for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

The Tigers currently stand at 15-13 overall, 4-10 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). South Carolina is 22-5, and 10-4 in SEC play. The teams have only met each other once in program history, at the Duke Classic in 2004. The Gamecocks defeated Mizzou 72-60 in the game but will make their way to Columbia, Mo. tomorrow for the first time.

Thursday’s senior night game recognizes Mizzou’s Sydney Crafton, Liz Smith, and Liene Priede.

Coach Robin Pingeton spoke about the emotion in the lead-up to Thursday night.

“Senior nights are always tough, there are a lot of emotions,” Pingeton said. “It’s different for everybody, but I think our challenge to our players is play with those emotions. But you got to make sure you funnel and channel them in the right the direction.” Read more of this post

Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports: basketball teams looking toward post season

Darren Hellwege logoFeb. 23, 2013

This week KBIA sports commentator Darren Hellwege

LSU coach Nikki Caldwell let her team play  in the snow then let them loose against Missouri, Had a chance to play in the snow and headed out of Columbia with an overtime win. Missouri coach Robin Pingeton and players Liz Smith and Liene Priede also talk about the game.

He also recaps the men’s win over Florida, including comments from Florida coach Billy Donovan and Missouri coach Frank Haith. Haith also makes a very brief comment about the NCAA allegations against him.

Length: 59:45

You can listen to Darren’s show Saturdays at 6 a.m. on KBIA FM 91.3

Priede leads Mizzou with 18 points in 78 – 74 loss in overtime against LSU

Missouri's Liene Priede (32) charges to the basket in Friday's game. Priede made 18 points in the game.

Missouri’s Liene Priede (32) charges to the basket in Friday’s game. Priede made 18 points in the game.

Story by Elaine Stockdale
Photos by Karen Mitchell

It was the first match up between Missouri and Louisiana State University since Nov. 27, 1989. The crowd stood celebrating in response to a crucial play by senior Liene Priede, who finished with a career best of 18 points for Missouri in their four-point loss to LSU.

With just under a minute of play left, Priede dished the ball out to Kyley Simmons. Shooting wide open, Simmons hit a 3-pointer – tying the game at 66. The game went into overtime, the crowd still on their feet.

LSU had a 12-point lead only minutes into the second half, but Priede kept pushing and fighting to chase down the LSU lead, a lead that Missouri failed to surpass until overtime.

Almost immediately after subbing back in with under nine minutes left on the clock in the second half, Priede hit a jumper, bringing Missouri within three, breaking a 7 – 0 run by LSU. After a five minute break on the bench, LSU went on a 5 – 0 run. Priede came back on the court only to hit another jumper with a little more than three minutes of game time left. Then another 3-pointer with her next shot, bringing Missouri within three points again.

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Mizzou’s second half fight not enough against Mississippi State

By Elaine Stockdale

Senior Liz Smith, Kyley Simmons and Sydney Crafton help teammates up in the second half after desperate attempts to take the lead.

Missouri players Sydney Crafton, third from left, Kyley Simmons and Liz Smith help a teammate and Mississippi State senior Darriel Gaynor in the second half. Missouri Tigers lost the game 61-56, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Missouri and Mississippi State honored the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at today’s game in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. The Missouri squad had a pink uniforms to celebrate the cause, however there was no win, as the Tigers went down 61-56 to the Bulldogs at home.
Morgan Eye managed only two 3-pointers today but it was enough for her to surpass Alyssa Hollins record for most three’s in a season. Eye has now 92 for the season, breaking Hollin’s 90 record set in the 2007-08 season.
Senior Liene Priede had a stellar performance, leading scorers for Missouri. Priede finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Both teams had plenty of fast breaks and high tempo offense and defense in the first half. The Bulldogs had the early lead but were stopped short as Sydney Crafton, Bri Kulus and Kyley Simmons all ran away with points. The Tigers had a 5-0 run that tied the game in the first half after a three from Eye and jumper from Priede.
Crafton and Liz Smith had four straight points that gave the Tigers the lead at the half.

Mizzou women use bench strength to roll past Southern Illinois 110-47

Story by Darren Hellwege
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Maddie Stock (10) goes for a layup as a Southern Illinois defender tries to block the shot. Looking on is Morgan Stock (2), Maddie Stock's twin sister.

Maddie Stock (10) goes for a layup as a Southern Illinois defender tries to block the shot. Looking on is Morgan Stock (2), Maddie Stock’s twin sister.

The Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team showed the power of their high-octane offense as six players scored at least 10 points and the Tigers blew away Southern Illinois 110-47 Sunday at Mizzou Arena. The win, Missouri’s fifth in a row, runs the Tigers’ record to 9-2. The Salukis fell to 1-8.

Bri Kulas and Maddie Stock led the Missouri offense with 22 points each. Sydney Crafton had 12, Lianna Doty contributed 11 and Liz Smith and Liene Priede chipped in 10 points each.

“I think we’re playing really unselfish basketball right now,” Tigers coach Robin Pingeton said after the game. “A lot of kids are shooting the ball extremely well, I thought we created a lot with our defense. It makes it real easy when you got players coming off the bench playing as well as they do.”

The 110 points is the team’s ninth best finish in program history and the first time since 2005 that they cracked the century mark.

Overall the Tigers got 50 points from the reserves, nearly half from Stock, who scored all 22 of her points in the second half. It’s part of an offensive diversity that could pose big problems for SEC defenses once the league season starts.

“We’ve got jump shooters, people who can take it to the basket and our post players, we’ve got every kind of scorer,” said Crafton, the only Tiger who’s played a full four years at Missouri.

SIU came in with just one victory, by just a point against Southeast Missouri, a team Missouri beat by 29. The Tigers led in all but the first few seconds of the game and jumped out to an early lead of 25-13 in the first 10 minutes. The team shot 57.7 percent and the pressure defense led to 23 SIU turnovers.

The dismal situation from the Salukis’ viewpoint wasn’t helped by foul trouble for their leading scorer. Guard Cartaesha Macklin came in averaging 13.9 points a game, but picked up three fouls in the first half and got her fourth less than five minutes into the second half. Still, she managed to lead SIU with 13 points.

Missouri’s ability to share the ball was seen particularly in the second half, as the Tigers got 17 assists on their 23 field goals. Doty led the way overall with seven assists. The rebounding numbers were similar to the scoring figures, with Darian Saunders leading the team off the bench with six (in six minutes of play,) followed by five from Kulas and Doty and four each from Smith, Crafton, Stock and Priede.

The Tigers play next with a short turnaround, taking on Morgan State (4-7) on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at home and Murray State (7-3) Thursday, Dec. 20 also at Mizzou Arena at 7p.m. The Tigers then travel to Memphis (Dec. 29) before starting SEC play Jan. 3 at Georgia.

Mizzou holds off Western Illinois, win 70-61

By Kaysie Moore

Senior guard Sydney Crafton’s 19 points led Missouri to a hard-fought, 70-61 win over the Western Illinois Leathernecks

The Tigers struggled to score in the first half, shooting less than 40 percent from the floor and hitting only one shot beyond the arc on 10 attempts. After leading by only five points at half time, they held off Western Illinois and outscored them 39-35 in the second half.

Sharp-shooter Morgan Eye shot 12 points by hitting four 3-pointers.

Freshman guard Lianna Doty earned six steals, provided eight assists and contributed 14 points.  This game was Doty’s first time first time running the floor as point guard.  Kyley Simmons, last year’s point guard, moved into the off point position.

Western Illinois’ leading scorer Charnelle Reed shot 19 points off the bench. The Leathernecks fell to 1-2 overall, while Missouri improves to 3-0.

Missouri travels to Cancun for the Cancun Challenge to play their next three games.


Mizzou women win their first game of the season, 67-51 over SLU

By Kaysie Moore

The Missouri women’s basketball team exhibited what coach Robin Pingeton says will be their “signature weapon” in their win over Saint Louis Friday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won 67-51, with 39 points coming from outside the 3-point line. Freshman forward Bri Kulas led the Tigers in the season opener with 18 total points, while freshman Maddie Stock contributed 11 points, most of which were three pointers.

The slow start to the game proved difficult for the Tigers to maintain a lead and they didn’t pull away until the second half. Missouri’s was able to pull away from Saint Louis. Senior guard Liene Priede was the first to score with two free throws, nearly two minutes into the game. Kulas made two three pointers back-to-back after the Billikens took a three-point lead following a timeout.

Saint Louis made three of four free throws after the under-12 timeout. Stock then put up a three pointer and freshman guard Lianna Doty sealed a 16-12 lead from a turnover by the Billikens. Freshman guard Sydney Crafton increased the Tiger’s lead, setting the score 18-12, but Saint Louis hit two free throws soon after.

Stock continued to shoot for 3s, and by the end of the game tallied 4 for 12 on 3-point attempts.

At the end of the first half, the Tigers had a lead over the Billikens 32-29 and held onto the lead for the rest of the game. Saint Louis scored two points to begin the second half, but Stock and sophomore Kyley Simmons both made 3-pointers to put the Tigers ahead by seven.

After the under-12 timeout, Missouri continued to show off their shooting abilities with sophomore Morgan Eye and sophomore Bree Fowler hitting back-to-back 3s and advancing the score to 53-36. With less than four minutes left, Kulas and Doty hit 3s to for a 65-47 Missouri lead.

After the game Saint Louis coach Lisa Stone talked about Missouri’s 3-point game. “If Missouri keeps knocking them down, they’ll do really well.”

Pingeton said the team has been shooting consistently well at practice. She said Stock has the quickest release but needs to work on getting stronger defensively.

Missouri’s next game is against Chicago State on Monday at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.


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