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Mizzou women lose to Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC tournament

By Samuel Quintela

The season ended Wednesday night for the Missouri women’s basketball team with a 73-70 loss to Mississippi State.

“It was a tough loss, but we came in here, wanted revenge from Mississippi State who beat us earlier this season,” Missouri freshman guard Sierra Michaelis said.

The Bulldogs made the first shot of the game, showing they wanted to repeat the win against the Tigers in Read more of this post

Missouri women struggle with 3-point shooting, lose to Tennessee 56-50

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Samuel Quintela

Senior Bri Kulas (13) drives past Isabelle Harrison (20) for a layup. Kulas had 22 points and six rebounds in the loss to Tennessee.

Senior Bri Kulas (13) drives past Isabelle Harrison (20) for a layup. Kulas had 22 points and six rebounds in the loss to Tennessee.

Hoping for a repeat of last year’s upset victory against Tennessee, the Missouri women’s basketball team played the Volunteers closely in the first 20 minutes, entering the break down 25-22.

But Tennessee’s 18-5 run to open the second half, which pushed the Volunteers lead to 16, proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome as they fell 56-50 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

“We knew we had to come out and hit them and not give them much hope,” Tennessee guard Andraya Carter said. “That 16-point lead was really good for us.”

The Tigers fought back and made a run late to push the Volunteers. Morgan Eye and Sierra Michaelis each had a chance at a game tying 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining, but neither shot fell.

“I thought we had good looks,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said of the two shots. “I thought we had the kids shooting the ball that we wanted shooting the ball.”

Missed 3-point shots  were the story of the game for the Tigers. Missouri, usually a potent 3-point shooting team (37.1 percent), made just seven of 32 (21.9 percent) outside attempts against Read more of this post

Missouri women drop third straight game, lose to Alabama 59-56

Story by Wesley Roesch
Photos by Samuel Quintela

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) makes her way to the basket against an Alabama defender. The freshman had 12 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) makes her way to the basket against an Alabama defender. The freshman had 12 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.

COLUMBIA — After trailing Alabama by 10 at the half, the Missouri women’s basketball team made it interesting by taking the lead with 7:40 to go in the game.

Missouri’s improved shooting in the second half allowed the team to go on a 10-0 run and take the lead, but a couple of 3-pointers by the Crimson Tide helped Alabama take the lead and eventually move on with a 59-56 win.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 14-10 and 3-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Crimson Tide improved to 11-12 and 4-6 in the SEC.

“We had a chance at halftime to regroup a little bit,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. “I thought our girls had a really good second half of basketball. But in this league you’ve got to be able to put 40 minutes together.”

After going 1-for-13 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Tigers fixed their 3-point shooting and hit four in the second half. Missouri guard Morgan Eye hit three of those four 3-pointers and had 19 points on the day. This is the Read more of this post

Missouri defense shines, leads team to 59-54 upset over ranked Vanderbilt

Story by Wesley Roesch
Photos by Samuel Quintela

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) beats Vanderbilt defenders MarquÕes Webb (22) and Kylee Smith (23) to the basket for a layup. McDowell had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) beats Vanderbilt defenders Marqu’es Webb (22) and Kylee Smith (23) to the basket for a layup. McDowell had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

COLUMBIA — Missouri freshman Kayla McDowell leapt for the ball after a missed 3-point attempt by Vanderbilt senior Jasmine Lister. With seven seconds to go and Missouri  leading by three, McDowell knew that her next move could seal the game.

“I just held on to (the ball) as tight as I could,” McDowell said. “I knew I was gonna get fouled.”

McDowell pulled the ball down and was fouled, sending her to the free-throw line. She sunk the last two shots of the game, giving the Missouri women’s basketball team a 59-54 victory over No. 16/No. 18 Vanderbilt.

Missouri improved to 14-7 (3-5 Southeastern Conference) with the win, while Vanderbilt dropped to 16-5 (5-3 SEC).

The Tigers played great defensively, holding the Commodores to a season low 54 points. Vanderbilt was also held to a Read more of this post

Eye leads Mizzou past Oral Roberts, 86-64

On a night billed as “Twin Night”, twins Maddie and Morgan Stock each contributed 15 points to Missouri’s 86-64 win over Oral Roberts. Sophomore Morgan Eye led all scores with 17 points.

Missouri shot from downtown often, with the three making 15 of the team’s 17 3-point shots. Maddie Stock, Michelle Hudyn and Kyla McDowell led the team in rebounding, grabbing five each.

Oral Roberts had a three-point lead just two minutes into the game but Missouri quickly found its pace and never lost the lead. The largest lead the Tigers held was 27 points late in the second half.

Missouri’s overall record moves to 8-1, Oral Roberts falls to 1-6. The Tigers face Bradley on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Remembering Kent Heitholt

Darren Hellwege logoThe news last week of the release of Ryan Ferguson brought back memories of the horrible crime that took the life of Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001. I talk with current Sports editor Joe Walljasper about Heitholt, his friend and boss. You’ll hear from Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson in a post game interview that is nothing short of hysterical. And I start it all off with a look back over a 3-0 start to women’s basketball at Mizzou.

Length: 51:49

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Mizzou women hope to exploit good mix of veteran and freshman players

Yesterday I previewed the forwards and coaching staff for the 2013-2014 Missouri women’s basketball team, one that appears to be on the verge of a breakthrough year. Today we look at the guards, where there is a lot of returning talent.

Lianna Doty (1) dribbles down the court as Michelle Hudyn (12) follows in the February 2013 game against LSU. Both players are back for Missouri this year.

Lianna Doty (1) dribbles down the court as Michelle Hudyn (12) follows in the February 2013 game against LSU. Both players are back for Missouri this year.

1 Lianna Doty, sophomore, 5’7” – Part of the Southeastern Conference’s All Freshman team last season, Doty’s looked like a potential superstar almost from the moment she stepped on campus. After taking the job from another very talented young point (Kyley Simmons, now at Illinois) Doty showed herself capable of running the offense well and making some beautiful passes. Unfortunately, for a while some of the passes were as likely to surprise teammates as defenders, and Doty had some pretty ugly turnover numbers at times last year. But that’s improved considerably and Doty’s becoming a more complete player, stepping up her defense and showing a willingness and ability to both shoot from outside and drive to the basket to score or dish. She’s very tough to guard. You can’t be a great team without a great point, and Missouri should have one for the next three years with Doty.

2 Morgan Stock, sophomore, 6’1” – Part of the mix for the Tigers’ third guard slot, Stock made her case Sunday with a Read more of this post

This looks like the breakout year for Mizzou women’s basketball

Bri Kulas shoots a free throw in

Bri Kulas is one of Missouri’s two senior players.

As the 2013-2014 season gets underway for Missouri’s women’s basketball, there are some big hopes around Mizzou Arena. After last year’s team made postseason play for the first time in many years, Robin Pingeton’s fourth season as head coach appears to be one that could be the “breakthrough” we’ve seen coming for a while.

As we take a look at the roster for this year’s Tiger team, there’s more talent and depth than we’ve seen in a lot of years. But much of it is still with the underclassmen. How fast the youngest Tigers develop will be a major factor in whether this is the year things get serious, or if it’s just another year on the pathway to that eventual breakthrough.

Today I look at the forwards and coaching staff. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up the review with the guards.

00 Darian Saunders, sophomore, 6’1” – After averaging about 9 minutes of playing time last season, Saunders played very sparingly in the two exhibition games this season and spent the first two regular season games on the bench. She’s got skills, especially on defense, and has shown at times to be a player giving a lot of effort. She’s in a spot I’ve seen quite a few sophomores reach over the years, and she could go one of two ways —with all the talent on this team, she’ll either step up her game and become a key part of the Tigers in her final year or two (like Bree Fowler this year, and players like Sydney Read more of this post

USA Basketball invites Mizzou’s Morgan Eye to tryouts

By Elaine Stockdale

USA Basketball has invited Missouri sophomore Morgan Eye to try out for the World University Games.

The 5-foot-9 guard welcomed the recognition from USA Basketball and will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., May 16-19 for the tryouts held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Eye felt privileged for the opportunity and has welcomed the news humbly.

“I’m extremely honored for the opportunity to get to compete among the most elite athletes in the nation,” Eye said in a statement released by the Mizzou Athletic Department. “I hope to be able to represent the University of Missouri in the best way.”

Thirty-five student-athletes were invited to the tryouts, 12 of whom will be chosen for the final team. University of Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale will coach the team with assistance from Brian Giorgis of Marist College and Coquese Washington of Penn State.

If Eye is successful in making the team, she will begin training camp June 25. The World University Games will be held in Kazan, Russia, July 8-15.

Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton believes Eye is deserving of the honor.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by USA Basketball to receive an invitation to possibly represent our country in the World University Games,” Pingeton said in a statement released by the Mizzou Athletic Department. “We are extremely proud for Mo and the opportunity USA Basketball has presented her. I couldn’t be more proud of her. It is a true testament on how hard she has worked.”

Eye had a record-breaking season in 2012-13, setting the record for most 3-pointers made (112) in the Southeastern Conference and Missouri’s single game record for 3-pointers (11). She also managed 95 3-pointers coming off the bench.

Eye also won numerous awards for both Missouri women’s basketball team and the SEC this year. Eye won the Three Point Specialist and Free Throw awards on Sunday at the women’s basketball annual banquet. She also was the first Tiger to receive the Sixth Woman of the Year honor in the SEC.

Other countries who will be represented at The World University Games include Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, and Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.

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.”


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