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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


Young Mizzou women’s basketball team hopeful for better season

Darren Hellwege logoThe start of Missouri basketball seasons is less than two weeks away and expectations are high, as they are at the start of every season. The women’s team finished the season 17-14 overall and 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference.

The team is still young, having just two seniors, only one of whom is a starter.

KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks with Morgan Eye, one of the key players on the MU women’s basketball team. Already the all-time leader in 3-point shots for Missouri, the senior has a chance to set the all-time NCAA record, currently Read more of this post

Year in review:

The best players for Mizzou athletics this year

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

I walked away from Tiger sports for the summer on Sunday, the final event being a disappointing one —the MU softball team being swept by Nebraska. But all in all it was an exciting year for Tigers fans, from the rejuvenation of the Mizzou football program and undefeated regular season for Tiger volleyball, to a return to some great individual performances. While the Tigers golf team still has the NCAA championship ahead and several track athletes have also qualified for NCAAs, it’s time to take a look back at my thoughts for the best players and moments (and some not so great moments) for the major sports at MU and some unsung heroes from the sports that don’t get as much attention.

And, look on the bright side…football camp is just over two months away! 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 women lose to Texas A&M 62-57

Missouri can’t overcome Aggies’ height, tough defense

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Courtney Walker scored 21 points as No. 17 Texas A&M won its ninth straight game and remained undefeated in conference play with a 62-57 win over Missouri on Thursday night.

After trailing for much of the first half and 33-31 at halftime, Texas A&M (16-4, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) took the lead early in the second and never relinquished it.

The Tigers (13-6, 2-4) hung around though and cut their deficit to 60-56 with 1:15 to play. Missouri then got the ball back after a missed 3-pointer by Texas A&M but the Tigers missed 3s on their next two possessions and the Aggies prevailed.

Courtney Williams added 14 points and went 6 of 11 from the field for Texas A&M.

Morgan Eye led Missouri with 19 points while Brianna Kulas added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five.

Missouri travels to Mississippi State for a game Sunday, Jan. 26 and return to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Jan. 30 to face Vanderbilt.

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

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.

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.