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Missouri Tigers round-up

Fall sports are winding down, basketball just getting started for Mizzou

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

As KBIA moves into pledge drive mode, it’s a crazy busy week for me, but here are a few random thoughts on several issues related to Mizzou sports.

FOOTBALL: Tigers getting defensive

Throughout the Pinkel Renaissance in Missouri football, Tiger teams have tended to win with outstanding offense and a defense that was good enough to win most of the time. It’s interesting to see a different style of winning this year with as the Tigers have struggled on offense but have won with great play by the defense. Most people are scratching their heads wondering how the Tigers could be 7-2 and in first place in the SEC East, but it’s not a complicated answer—defense.

And it’s not just the line, although as Shane Ray’s sack record is celebrated it’s obvious the line is the strength of this Read more of this post

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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.

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

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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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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No. 16 Texas A&M too much for Mizzou women

By the Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Adrienne Pratcher scored 18 points and No. 16 Texas A&M never trailed in defeating Missouri 77-58 on Sunday.

Junior Bri Kulas led the Tigers with 12 points, her 14th game in double-figures for the Tigers (13-8, 2-5). Freshman point guard Lianna Doty had a career-high eight assists, half of Missouri’s 16 assists on the game, but also had seven turnovers and fouled out. Doty also fouled out on the road in the win over Ole Miss and the loss at Tennessee.

All of Pratcher’s points came on her six 3-pointers. Peyton Little scored 17 points, making five 3-pointers, and Kelsey Bone had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (16-5, 6-1 Southeastern), winners of four in a row and eight of their last nine. Kristi Bellock added 10 points as 10 Aggies scored in the game.

Morgan Eye, Missouri’s 3-point sharpshooter, made 3 of 7 for nine total points. Liene Priede and Darian Saunders followed with eight points each.

Missouri faces Florida at home on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

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.