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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.

Four Mizzou Women’s Basketball players recognized by SEC for 2013 teams

By Elaine Stockdale

The Missouri women’s basketball team has made a mark at the end of its season – two straight wins in the last two regular season games and four players recognized by the Southeastern Conference for their achievements this season.

Today, the SEC announced sophomore Morgan Eye as one of the 2013 Sixth Woman of the Year, junior Bri Kulas as a member of the All-SEC Second Team, and freshman Lianna Doty named to the All-Freshman Team.

Yesterday, senior Liz Smith was named to the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team.

Individually, it is the first time that each player has been inducted into a conference all-team in their career. They are also  the first SEC recognitions for Missouri since its move from the Big 12 Conference.

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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 holds off Florida to win 69-64 at home

By Elaine Stockdale

College basketball fans couldn’t have asked for a more nail biting battle than what was on display tonight at Mizzou Arena.

The Missouri Tigers, who are now ninth in the SEC standings, defeated the Florida Gators 69-64 in a hard fought game that went down to the wire.

Both teams came into the game with 13-8 overall and 2-5 conference records. But in their first match-up in program history, it was Missouri that made the crucial plays when it mattered to seal the five-point victory.

“They’re very balanced, they really made plays when it counted, you have to give them credit for that,” Florida coach Amanda Butler said.

Missouri held the lead for almost all of the first half, lead by Lianna Doty, Liz Smith and Morgan Eye. But despite the effort, Florida took a 34-32 lead into halftime.

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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.

Eye comes up big as Mizzou downs Missouri State, 91-77

Story and photos by Kaysie Moore

Sophomore guard Morgan Eye (30) maneuvers around Missouri State’s Kenzie Williams (4). Eye continued her 3-point streak on Thursday, sinking five 3-pointers and leading Missouri with 21 points.

Sophomore guard Morgan Eye (30) maneuvers around Missouri State’s Kenzie Williams (4). Eye continued her 3-point streak on Thursday, sinking five 3-pointers and leading Missouri with 21 points.

For the second time this week, Missouri’s sophomore guard Morgan Eye displayed her stellar shooting touch.

Three days after breaking the Missouri school record for 3-pointers made (8), Eye went 5-for-11 from behind the arc and paced the Tigers with 21 points as Missouri defeated in-state foe Missouri State, 91-77.

Liz Smith also enjoyed a big night for Missouri. The senior center set a new career high in points with 14, joining teammates Eye, Bri Kulas, Lianna Doty and Sydney Crafton in double digits on the night.

The Tigers stayed undefeated at Mizzou Arena for the season and improved to 7-2, marking their sixth win at home in as many tries.

Missouri will look to keep rolling on a quick turnaround in its schedule, as the Tigers host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 5:30 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton talks to Bri Kulas (13) Kyley Simmons (15) and Morgan Eye on the bench during Thursday's game.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton talks to Bri Kulas (13) Kyley Simmons (15) and Morgan Eye on the bench during Thursday’s game.

Sophomore guard Kyley Simmons (15) jumps to block a pass from Missouri State's Whitney Edie (1). Simmons notched five assists in 27 minutes on the floor.

Sophomore guard Kyley Simmons (15) jumps to block a pass from Missouri State’s Whitney Edie (1). Simmons notched five assists in 27 minutes on the floor.

Kyley Simmons, left, and other teammates help junior forward Bri Kulas off the floor after being fouled by Missouri State's Whitney Edie. Kulas contributed 17 points for Missouri.

Kyley Simmons, left, and other teammates help junior forward Bri Kulas off the floor after being fouled by Missouri State’s Whitney Edie. Kulas contributed 17 points for Missouri.

Sophomore guard Bree Fowler (3) high fives her teammates during a break in the action on Thursday night. The Tigers improved to 7-2.

Sophomore guard Bree Fowler (3) high fives her teammates during a break in the action on Thursday night. The Tigers improved to 7-2.

Players from both teams struggle for possession of the ball, including senior guard Sydney Crafton (21). Crafton scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists.

Players from both teams struggle for possession of the ball, including senior guard Sydney Crafton (21). Crafton scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four assists.

Lianna Doty (1) tries to steal the ball from Missouri State player Mikala McGhee. The Tigers beat the Bears, 91-77, with Doty contributing 14 points and six assists.

Lianna Doty (1) tries to steal the ball from Missouri State player Mikala McGhee. The Tigers beat the Bears, 91-77, with Doty contributing 14 points and six assists.

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