March 4, 2013
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By Matthew Fairburn
Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi earned Player of the Week honors in the Southeastern Conference on Monday after recording his 10th double-double of the season on Saturday against Louisiana State University.
In Missouri’s two wins last week over LSU and South Carolina, Oriakhi shot 15-17 from the field and averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
“All the credit goes to my teammates,” Oriakhi said. “They give me the ball in position, all I have to do is dunk it. I’m just glad to be winning. I’ll take winning over everything.”
Oriakhi’s strong play comes at just the right time for the Tigers, who are making a push to receive one of the top four seeds in the SEC and ensure a double bye in the conference tournament.
On Tuesday, Missouri (21-8 overall, 10-6 in the SEC) takes on Arkansas (18-11, 9-7) in its final home game of the season. While the game marks Arkansas coach Mike Anderson’s first trip to Mizzou Arena since leaving Missouri in 2011, the game will be emotional for a different reason; it’s senior night for the Tigers.
Laurence Bowers, Keion Bell and Oriakhi will all be honored before the game. While Bowers has played a full career at Missouri, Bell and Oriakhi have spent only one season on the court for the Tigers. Still, Oriakhi expects it to be a memorable night.
“It feels like I belong here for some reason,” Oriakhi said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be like, but Mizzou has definitely been special to me.”
The Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler
February 19, 2013
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By Karl Roskamp
Nicole Hudson won the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week and Chelsea Thomas won Pitcher of the Week in the team’s first week of play in a new conference.
While neither player was nominated for the All-SEC preseason team, it didn’t stop them from rolling through competition in the Gaucho Classic. Missouri outscored its competition 43-7 en route to a 5-0 record and the tournament championship.
Senior third basemen Nicole Hudson led the Tigers on offense with five home runs, 11 RBIs and seven runs. Her .538 batting average is second on the team only to shortstop Corrin Genovese, who hit .636 in four games. Hudson also leads the SEC with a 1.833 slugging percentage and is second in home runs.
Last season, Hudson hit seven home runs in a full season with 61 games. She hit 13 home runs as a sophomore and 10 as a freshman.
Pitcher Chelsea Thomas was in top form, striking out 19 batters in 14 innings and posting a 0.00 ERA. The senior struck out 10 hitters against UC Santa Barbara including seven of the first nine she faced. She had nine Ks against Fresno State. Thomas also earned a 2-0 record and a shutout. (UCSB scored one unearned in her Sunday start.)
Hudson also appeared as a pitcher, something she has done since 2011. Hudson was shaky in the game against Fresno State. Although the Tigers won 11-3, she pitched all five innings of the run-rule shortened game, allowing three earned runs and striking out two. Hudson gave up two home runs to Fresno State freshman Stesha Brazil. The Webb City native also appeared in Mizzou Black & Gold softball game last week and gave up two earned runs in three innings pitched.
Hudson has now won Player of the Week three times in her career and Thomas has won Pitcher of the Week 13 times.
Missouri next faces Maryland in the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Tigers’ home opener is scheduled for Friday, March 8 against Texas A&M.
September 17, 2012
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By the Associated Press
After a pass deflection and a game-clinching interception in Saturday’s game against Arizona State, Missouri strong safety Kenronte Walker was named the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week.
Late in Missouri’s 24-20 victory, Walker led the Tiger defense on two late goal line stands to squash an Arizona State rally.
Running back Marcus Murphy was previously honored by the SEC with special teams player of the week after two punt return touchdowns in a game against Southeast Louisiana.
The SEC also recognized Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and Auburn placekicker Cody Parkey for the top offensive and special teams performances, respectively.
Driskel completed 14 of 20 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards in Florida’s win at Tennessee.
Parkey kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal in overtime of Auburn’s win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Alabama guard Chance Warmack is the offensive lineman of the week and South Carolina’s Jadoveon Clowney won defensive honors.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manizel is freshman of the week.
September 4, 2012
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Missouri volleyball player Lisa Henning, an outside hitter on the team, has earned the SEC offensive player of the week award. Her accomplishments from the week include:
• Averaged 5.67 points, 1.22 blocks and 0.67 aces per set in an undefeated week for Missouri in which the Tigers swept all of their opponents.
• Posted 17 kills in a 3-0 win over Houston; just missed a double-double with nine digs against the Cougars. Named to the Lipscomb Invitational All-Tournament Team.
• Recorded 29 digs over the weekend for an average of 3.22 digs per set, the second-highest total on the team behind libero Jade Hayes.
• Henning ranks second in the SEC in points per set (5.27) and third in kills per set (4.32)