KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Basketball Basketball en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 28 May 2016 13:05:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri Basketball forward Gant leaving program http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-forward-gant-leaving-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-forward-gant-leaving-program/ Basketball Thu, 21 Apr 2016 4:23:50 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Basketball forward Gant leaving program

COLUMBIA - Missouri men's basketball rising junior Jakeenan Gant is leaving the program, Mizzou Athletics announced Thursday.

Gant, a 6'8" forward from Springfield, Georgia, averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season. He was named Georgia Mr. Basketball in 2014, his senior season of high school.

According to a statement from head coach Kim Anderson, Gant will be transferring closer to home to be with his mother who has recently been diagnosed with an illness. 

In his statement, Gant expressed his appreciation for Anderson, the Missouri coaching staff and his time at Mizzou.

With Gant's departure, four players have transferred out of the program in less than two months. Forward D'Angelo Allen left in late February, while guards Namon Wright and Tremaine Isabell announced their intention to transfer in mid-March.

Coach Anderson released the following statement through Mizzou Athletics:

“Shortly after the season, Jakeenan and I sat down to discuss his future with Missouri Basketball. At that time and several other times, he confirmed his commitment to our program. In the past few weeks, his mother has developed a medical condition that necessitates his return closer to home to continue his educational and athletic pursuits. While disappointed, we certainly support his decision. Jakeenan has been a joy to coach these past two years and all of us, coaches, teammates and staff wish him the best.  We will do all we can to help in his transition.”

Jakeenan Gant released the following statement also through Mizzou Athletics:

“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons. I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind. I want nothing but the best for Mizzou in the future and appreciate the friendships I’ve made in my time here.”



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Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ Basketball Mon, 18 Apr 2016 3:31:45 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball added a new face to its 2016 recruiting class in the form of junior college standout Jordan Geist. Head coach Kim Anderson announced the signing of the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard from Texas on Monday.

Geist played last season with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, and earned NJCAA All-American recognition, leading the Rangers to a top four finish at the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship. Geist averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 45.6 percent from the field in his freshman season.

"Jordan Geist has a winner's mentality on and off the court," Anderson said in a press conference Monday. "His ability to be another trustworthy ball handler and relentless defender for Mizzou Basketball is very important to us. Jordan is a savvy player who immediately brings solid experience and leadership to our squad. We're excited to have Jordan and his family become a part of our program."

Geist helped the Rangers finish the 2015-16 season with an impressive 35-3 record. His versatility offensively and work ethic defensively add to an increasingly more intriguing recruiting class for the Tigers.

"The atmosphere and culture surrounding Mizzou's program is very exciting to me," Geist said. "Coach Anderson and his staff treated me so well on my visit. That made me excited to be a part of the program. Playing in a great conference was also important to me. The SEC has great competition and has tough programs to play against. And I'll be getting great coaching from the Mizzou coaches. I know they'll prepare us the right way."

Prior to his successful stint in the junior college ranks, Geist was named one of the best Indiana Class 4A players. His 17 points per game in his senior season in high school propelled Homestead High School to an Indiana state championship.

"Mizzou fans will see toughness from me," Geist said. "I'm out there to win and give everything I have for Mizzou Basketball. I think the little things are the most important parts of basketball."

Geist will join Frankie Hughes, Willie Jackson, Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith as the current 2016 recruiting class for Anderson's squad.

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Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ Basketball Mon, 4 Apr 2016 3:49:24 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA - Mizzou women's basketball head coach Robin Pingeton will be honored as an inductee into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame. 

Pingeton was a dual sport athlete in basketball and softball at St. Ambrose University. She earned NAIA All-American honors in both sports, and Pingeton's school record of 2,502 points on the hard court still stands. After graduating in 1990, the Iowa native spent three seasons playing professionally in the Women's Basketball Association.

Pingeton returned to St. Ambrose after her professional career to take over the program as the head coach. She led the Fighting Bees to five NAIA national tournament appearances in eight seasons, including the Elite Eight in 1995-96 and 1999-2000. 

She will be inducted at the 35th annual Salute to Sports banquet at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa on May 4. Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer and NBA veteran Ricky Davis are also part of the induction class.

A plaque highlighting the inductees will be added at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. 

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Missouri Valley College named to NAIA All-American team http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-named-to-naia-all-american-team/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-named-to-naia-all-american-team/ Basketball Thu, 24 Mar 2016 5:40:32 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Valley College named to NAIA All-American team

MARSHALL — On Thursday, it was announced that Missouri Valley College's Raviel Burton had earned Honorable Mention for the 2015-2016 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American team.

Burton was Missouri Valley College's second leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points per game while leading the team in rebounds with 9.1 average.

He also registered double-figures in 24 of 32 games and had a double-double in 14 of them.

His high point of the season was during the Dec. 2 game against Benedictine College with 32 points and 12 rebounds.

He is the third All-American from Missouri Valley College in the past four seasons, and the fifth under head coach Chad Lance.

Burton finished his Viking career with 1,272 points, putting him as fifth all-time for the program.

His 697 rebounds are second in the program, while his 136 blocked shots are the program's highest.

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Missouri women's basketball moves on to second round of NCAA Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-moves-on-to-second-round-of-ncaa-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-moves-on-to-second-round-of-ncaa-tournament/ Basketball Sat, 19 Mar 2016 8:47:37 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball moves on to second round of NCAA Tournament

AUSTIN, Texas - The Missouri women's basketball team pulled off the 10/7 upset Saturday, taking down BYU 78-69 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers held the lead for almost the entirety of the last three quarters. Missouri also held a double digit lead four different times. BYU answered with a run to cut down the Tiger lead each of the first three times.

Missouri turned the ball over 19 times, but a sky-high shooting percentage from the field helped the Tigers cancel out their miscues.

Freshman Sophie Cunningham (20 points on 7-of-10 shooting), junior Jordan Frericks (19 points on 8-of-13 shooting) and senior Morgan Stock (14 points on 4-of-5 shooting) all helped Missouri shoot nearly 57 percent from the field.

Cunningham had 16 of her points in the third quarter, helping the Tigers pull out to an 11-point lead after three.

The Tigers will play the winner of Saturday night's Texas/Alabama State game in the second round of the tournament on Monday.

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Missouri Basketball announces Isabell, Wright to transfer http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-announces-isabell-wright-to-transfer/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-announces-isabell-wright-to-transfer/ Basketball Tue, 15 Mar 2016 4:55:40 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Basketball announces Isabell, Wright to transfer

COLUMBIA - Missouri men's basketball head coach Kim Anderson issued a statement announcing sophomore guards Namon Wright and Tremaine Isabell will transfer from the university Tuesday. Anderson's full statement provided by Mizzou Athletics is as followed:

"Tremaine Isabell and Namon Wright have made the Mizzou Men's Basketball program aware of their intentions to transfer. We will fully support these requests on the condition of Tremaine and Namon completing their academic requirements to close the semester. We appreciate what both Tremaine and Namon contributed during their time with the program and wish them the best as they continue to pursue their academic and athletic goals."

Wright, a 6'5" guard from Los Angeles, averaged 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game during the 2015-16 season. He led the team in rebounds and minutes played in 25 starts.

Isabell, a 6-foot guard from Seattle, averaged 6.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game during the season, which included a suspension for a violation of team rules during Southeastern Conference play.

The Tigers (10-21, 3-15 SEC) did not participate in postseason play this season due to self-imposed sanctions prior to the release of an NCAA investigation into the program under former head coach Frank Haith.

With the transfers of Wright and Isabell and senior Ryan Rosburg graduating, Mizzou currently has seven scholarship players on the roster. There are three incoming scholarship players already committed for next season, leaving three scholarships available to Anderson and the Tigers.

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Mizzou gets No. 10 seed in NCAA Women's Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gets-no-10-seed-in-ncaa-women-s-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gets-no-10-seed-in-ncaa-women-s-tournament/ Basketball Mon, 14 Mar 2016 7:08:51 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou gets No. 10 seed in NCAA Women's Tournament

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers women's basketball team received a bid for the 2016 NCAA Women's Championship as the No. 10 seed in the Bridgeport Region. The Tigers waited nervously before seeing their name unveiled among the final four teams.

Mizzou will play No. 7 BYU in Austin, Texas on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers were projected as a No. 9 seed in the final mock bracket with the prospect of facing No. 1 overall Connecticut in the second round.

Although they are still in UCONN's region, Robin Pingeton and company would not face the tournament's overwhelming favorites before the Elite Eight. The Huskies have won 69 consecutive games and hope to become the first program to win four straight national championships.

If Mizzou advances past BYU, No. 2 Texas would be the likely opponent in the second round.

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Tolton Catholic wins boys basketball state championship; Iberia finishes runner-up http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-catholic-wins-boys-basketball-state-championship-iberia-finishes-runner-up/ http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-catholic-wins-boys-basketball-state-championship-iberia-finishes-runner-up/ Basketball Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:39:11 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tolton Catholic wins boys basketball state championship; Iberia finishes runner-up

COLUMBIA – Two mid-Missouri schools had two very different results in their respective state championship games Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

In the Class 3 championship game, Tolton Catholic defeated Barstow in dramatic fashion, 62-60.

The Trailblazers held a seven-point lead with just over 90 seconds to go in the game. Barstow would not go away, however, as the Knights went on an 8-3 run to pull within two with 2.5 seconds to go.

Senior Shea Rush had a chance to tie the game for the Knights at the free throw line. After missing the first free throw, Rush intentionally missed the second in order to give the Knights a chance at an offensive rebound.

Rush grabbed his own rebound off the second missed free throw, but his putback attempt was no good, and Tolton escaped as state champions.

Tolton junior Michael Porter, Jr. committed the foul that sent Rush to the line, but also had 31 points and 19 boards on the night.

Not to be outdone, Barstow senior Jeriah Horne had 39 points and 14 boards.

Iberia was not as successful in the Class 2 championship game, falling to Hartville 64-37.

The Rangers turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, only two less than the total number of points they scored in the half.

Senior Riley Halley had 17 points for the Rangers, and senior Dexter Frisbie added 11. Hartville had four players in double figures. 

The loss gave Iberia its second runner-up finish in the last three years. This is the first state championship in Hartville program history.


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Local Scores: Thursday, March 10, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-march-10-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-march-10-2016/ Basketball Thu, 10 Mar 2016 4:05:29 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, March 10, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, March 10, 2016:


College Baseball

Central Methodist 6 Dordt 5 (Game 1)

Central Methodist 7 Dordt 2 (Game 2)


Boys' Class 1 Basketball

Stanberry 52 Glasgow 44

Glasgow will play in the 3rd-place game Friday at 7:45 p.m.


Boys' Class 2 Basketball

Iberia 65 Bloomfield 58 (1OT)

Iberia will play in the championship game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Boys' Class 3 Basketball

Father Tolton 83 Whitfield 41

Father Tolton will play in its first-ever State Championship game Saturday at 12:50 p.m. at Mizzou Arena against Barstow.


Girls' Class 1 Basketball

Mound City 57 Glasgow 52

Mound City will face Naylor in the Class 1 Championship Saturday at 6:20 p.m.


Girls' Class 2 Basketball

Neelyville 63 New Franklin 45

New Franklin will play in the 3rd-place game Friday at 2:30 p.m.


Girls' Class 3 Basketball

Saxony Lutheran 54 Southern Boone 40

Southern Boone will play St. Pius X in the 3rd-place game Friday at 11 a.m.

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Glasgow High School basketball makes school history http://www.komu.com/news/glasgow-high-school-basketball-makes-school-history/ http://www.komu.com/news/glasgow-high-school-basketball-makes-school-history/ Basketball Mon, 7 Mar 2016 7:40:13 PM Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Sports Glasgow High School basketball makes school history

GLASGOW - Glasgow High School basketball has a strong presence in the first weekend of the Missouri State High School Basketball Tournament. Both the boys and the girls teams will be playing in the Class 1 State semifinals.

"I don't know if it's sunk in yet," Tara Fuemmeler, senior, said.

"For both teams to go for our town is quite an accomplishment," Mick Cropp, boys head basketball coach, said.

"It's very neat for our community," Molly Monning, girls head basketball coach said. "We have great support within our school and within our community."

This is the first time in Glasgow history for both teams to make the state tournament in the same year.

"It's making history," Anne Reynolds, senior, said. "Everybody's so glad to be a part of."

The teams said they are glad to see their hard work paying off. They said the ultimate goal is to win a state title.

"Every year you start the season, you look to set a goal, and an ultimate goal generally is to get into the final four," Cropp said.

"It's a great honor," Bryant Hubbard, senior, said. "You know, not a lot of teams get to go to state."

"The girls put in a lot of work in the summer," Monning said.

"We've been working for this for a year, so it's really cool," Fuemmeler said.

The last time the boys team won a state title was in 1980. 

The last time the girls won a title was in 2000, when Monning was on the team.

"I'm excited," Reynolds said. "Our coach has done it. So I think it's our turn."

"It's a lot of fun," Monning said. "I'm extremely proud of my kids. It's amazing. It's what we've all dreamed of."

Cropp said he credits his team's success to the fact that they have such great chemistry both on and off the court.

"They're a bunch of good guys that get along really well and play well together, play well off the court together, just a really close knit group," Cropp said.

"It's like we're more of a family than anything else," Hubbard said. "We're not just teammates, we're brothers out there playing together."

Both teams said they are excited for the weekend but know they wouldn't be where they are without their community.

"It's neat for our community," Monning said. "We have great support within our school and within our community."

"It shows that the town supports us, and they care enough to show up," Hubbard said.

"We have a tremendous booster club," Monning said. "Just the whole community, we raise basketball kids. Everyone in Glasgow plays basketball."

Monning said she hopes for the teams to both bring home state titles but said she more importantly hopes the teams enjoy the ride.




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MACC men's basketball advances to national JUCO tournament http://www.komu.com/news/macc-men-s-basketball-advances-to-national-juco-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/macc-men-s-basketball-advances-to-national-juco-tournament/ Basketball Sun, 6 Mar 2016 9:33:18 AM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer MACC men's basketball advances to national JUCO tournament

MOBERLY - The Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds clinched a bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament Saturday night.

The Greyhounds defeated the Sauk Valley Community College Skyhawks in the Regional IV championship game, 83-65.

This will be their 27th appearance in "The Tournament," where they have won four national championships in seven finals appearances.

"The Tournament" will be held at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

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Local Scores: Thursday, March 3, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-march-3-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-march-3-2016/ Basketball Thu, 3 Mar 2016 6:48:18 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, March 3, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, March 3, 2016:

Women's College Basketball (SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, Second Round, Jacksonville, Florida):

Auburn 47, Missouri 45

Women's College Basketball (American Midwest Conference Tournament, Quarterfinals):

No. 11 Columbia College 90,
Park 51

Women's College Basketball (Heart of America Conference Tournament, Quarterfinals):

No. 13 Central Methodist 78, Grand View 66

No. 19 Benedictine (Kan.) 59, Missouri Valley 53

College Softball (Judi Garman Tournament, Fullerton, California):

No. 2 Michigan 13, No. 18 Missouri 0 (Final/5)

No. 18 Missouri 8, San Jose State 3

College Softball:

William Woods 4, Missouri Valley 3 (Game 1)

William Woods 6, Missouri Valley 2 (Game 2)

Girls High School Basketball (Class 5, District 9 Championship, at Smith-Cotton High School):

Hickman 49, Blue Springs South 45

Boys High School Basketball (Class 5, District 9 Championship, at Smith-Cotton High School):

Blue Springs South 51, Rock Bridge 48

Girls High School Basketball (Class 4, District 10 Semifinals, at Helias High School):

Helias 48, Marshfield 41

Osage 42, Salem 38

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Auburn women hold off Missouri 47-45 in SEC second round http://www.komu.com/news/auburn-women-hold-off-missouri-47-45-in-sec-second-round/ http://www.komu.com/news/auburn-women-hold-off-missouri-47-45-in-sec-second-round/ Basketball Thu, 3 Mar 2016 4:46:05 PM The Associated Press Auburn women hold off Missouri 47-45 in SEC second round

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jazmine Jones led a balanced attack with 10 points and ninth-seeded Auburn held off eighth-seeded Missouri 47-45 in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday.

Auburn was holding the 47-45 lead when Brandy Montgomery had her shot blocked by Missouri's Sophie Cunningham with 24 seconds left. Missouri worked the ball inside but it was deflected out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left. On the inbounds play under the basket, Cierra Porter cut down the lane for the inbounds pass but her contested layup was short off the rim and time ran out.

Auburn (19-11) plays league-champion and second-ranked South Carolina on Friday.

Morgan Stock hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Missouri (21-9) and Lindsey Cunningham added 11. Missouri had 20 turnovers and shot just 35 percent, 25 in the second half.

Auburn shot 42 percent, 37 in the second half when it outscored Missouri 18-17.


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Cunningham named SEC Freshman of the Year, two other Tigers honored http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-named-sec-freshman-of-the-year-two-other-tigers-honored/ http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-named-sec-freshman-of-the-year-two-other-tigers-honored/ Basketball Tue, 1 Mar 2016 4:53:16 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cunningham named SEC Freshman of the Year, two other Tigers honored

COLUMBIA - Three members of the Missouri Tigers Women's Basketball team have earned regular season recognition from the Southeastern Conference as voted on by the 14 SEC women's basketball head coaches, the league announced Tuesday.

Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham has been named SEC Freshman of the Year, along with earning second-team All-SEC and conference All-Freshman team honors.

Cunningham, a Columbia native and Rock Bridge High School alumna, averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game and finished second on the Tigers in both rebounds (5.9) and assists (3.0). Overall in the SEC, she finished 10th in scoring, 11th in assists and fourth in free throw percentage (81.5).

The conference recognized her play throughout the season, awarding her SEC Freshman of the Week a record six times.

In addition, junior forward Jordan Frericks was named second-team All-SEC for the second consecutive season. Freshman forward Cierra Porter joined Cunningham in receiving All-Freshman team recognition.

Frericks led the Tigers in rebounds (7.9) during the regular season, which was good for seventh in the SEC. She also averaged 12.3 points per game, 15th in the SEC and was MVP at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in addition to make the All-Tournament Team.

The potent scoring and rebounding combination has led Frericks to seven double-doubles so far this season, giving her 24 total in a Mizzou uniform, which ranks second in program history.

Porter, also a Columbia native and Rock Bridge alumna, ranked third on the team with 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. She won SEC Freshman of the Week for the week of Jan. 5 and was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic.

The Tigers (21-8, 8-8 SEC) are in the midst of the program's best season since 2000-01 (final record of 22-10 and a Sweet Sixteen appearance). Mizzou is the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament and play No. 9 Auburn (18-11, 8-8 SEC) Thursday at 11 a.m. CST in Jacksonville, Florida.

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10 p.m. sportscast: Monday, February 29, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/10-p-m-sportscast-monday-february-29-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/10-p-m-sportscast-monday-february-29-2016/ Basketball Tue, 1 Mar 2016 4:04:27 PM Chris Gervino, KOMU 8 Sports Director 10 p.m. sportscast: Monday, February 29, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - A sportscast highlighting high school basketball district playoffs throughout mid-Missouri, as well as a feature story focused on Father Tolton guard Isaiah Wilson.

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Cunningham earns SEC-record sixth Freshman of the Week Award http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-earns-sec-record-sixth-freshman-of-the-week-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/cunningham-earns-sec-record-sixth-freshman-of-the-week-award/ Basketball Mon, 29 Feb 2016 4:19:25 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cunningham earns SEC-record sixth Freshman of the Week Award

COLUMBIA - Mizzou freshman guard Sophie Cunningham made SEC history Monday with her sixth Freshman of the Week Award in a single season. Cunningham averaged just shy of a double-double during the final week of the season, scoring 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, respectively.

At No. 14 Kentucky on Thursday, Cunningham notched her fourth double-double of the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Columbia native’s 29 points were her second-highest scoring performance of the season, behind the school-record 42 points she had against Wake Forest back in November.

In the season finale against Vanderbilt, Cunningham’s 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists were not enough in a close 56-52 losing effort. However, Cunningham did reach the 400-point mark Sunday becoming only the second Mizzou freshman to achieve that feat.

On the season, Cunningham is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game and second in rebounding with 5.9 per contest. Her consistent play has earned her at least one SEC Freshman of the Week award in each full month of the season.

The Tigers grabbed the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play No. 9 Auburn at 11 a.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Mizzou Basketball's D'Angelo Allen to transfer from program http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-s-d-angelo-allen-to-transfer-from-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-s-d-angelo-allen-to-transfer-from-program/ Basketball Mon, 29 Feb 2016 3:57:31 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Basketball's D'Angelo Allen to transfer from program

COLUMBIA - Mizzou forward D’Angelo Allen will part ways with the Missouri basketball program, the team announced Monday. The sophomore has left the team and intends to transfer.

Head Coach Kim Anderson released a statement regarding Allen’s departure:

“D’Angelo Allen has made it known to the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program his intention to transfer, and we will support his request. D’Angelo and I met and he expressed his desire to play a larger role. We agreed he can begin to seek opportunities to achieve his goals elsewhere. We appreciate D’Angelo’s contributions during his time with the program and will work to assist him in any way possible.”

Allen only featured in 22 of Missouri’s 29 games this season after playing in all 32 last year. He missed one game due to illness and the other six on coach’s decisions. He is averaging 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest in just eight minutes per game. His minutes are significantly down from 17 a season ago.

Last year, Anderson said Allen figured out his role quicker than any other freshman on the team, and now Allen is no longer with the program. He made it clear he wanted a larger role and will seek that position elsewhere. He was removed from the team roster and will not participate in the final two games for the Tigers.

In wake of his departure, Missouri will return eight scholarship players next season along with three incoming freshman, including Texas transfer Jordan Barnett.

Mizzou will have one spare scholarship to offer should they choose to, but as part of its self-imposed sanctions, the program must forfeit one scholarship for either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 seasons.

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Vanderbilt spoils senior night, beats Mizzou WBB 56-52 http://www.komu.com/news/vanderbilt-spoils-senior-night-beats-mizzou-wbb-56-52/ http://www.komu.com/news/vanderbilt-spoils-senior-night-beats-mizzou-wbb-56-52/ Basketball Sun, 28 Feb 2016 4:52:17 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digitial Producer Vanderbilt spoils senior night, beats Mizzou WBB 56-52

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Mizzou WBB finished the regular season 21-8 with an 8-8 record in conference play after losing to Vanderbilt at home on Sunday afternoon 56-52. For the four seniors on the team –Morgan Stock, Maddie Stock, Michelle Hudyn, and Juanita Robinson– it would be their final game at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers shot 27 percent from the three point arc going 6-22. The most important three pointer of the game for Missouri came with 5:20 to play in the game when redshirt junior guard Lindsey Cunningham dished the ball to her sister, freshman guard Sophie Cunningham at the right wing for a running three point basket.

Mizzou started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run that lasted until a two point bucket by sophomore guard Christa Reed with 3:48 to go in the game to stop the bleeding.

Reed and redshirt junior guard Minta Spears combined for 39 of the 56 Commodores points, shooting 65 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc.

Missouri’s bench support was non-existent only scoring four points, and the score changed nine times.

Missouri is set to travel to Jacksonville, Florida next Wednesday, March 3 to participate in the SEC Tournament. Mizzou has the eight seed, and is set to take on the no. 9 seeded Auburn Tigers at 12 p.m. (ET).

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Sophie Cunningham's smile masks her competitive nature http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-s-smile-masks-her-competitive-nature/ http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-s-smile-masks-her-competitive-nature/ Basketball Fri, 26 Feb 2016 2:27:45 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Sophie Cunningham's smile masks her competitive nature

COLUMBIA- Sophie Cunningham is talking about the support her family has received from the community when she gets cut off by an orchestra playing. She breaks into a smile all too familiar to those who know her.   

"One of most fearless, competitive people I've ever seen," Lindsey Cunningham, Sophie's sister, said. "While you might see the smile you can't let it fool you that's for sure."

"Sometimes that smile can fool you," Sophie said. "But if you're on the team, you know that it's not really a smile when you get out there on the court." 

Sophie's play on the court is a major reason why the Tigers are headed to the women's NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 seasons. The former McDonald's All-American is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She has been named SEC Freshman of the Week six times this season, the most ever for a freshman. 

"Freshman year is challenging in the SEC and I think she's done a tremendous job with it," head coach Robin Pingeton said. "She's been a huge impact for us all year long." 

Sophie leads the team in total points and is second in rebounds and assists, but the only statistic she cares about is in the wins and losses column. 

"I'm just focused on getting the win for my team," Sophie said. "Whatever I can do for my team, that's what I'm going to focus on."

Winning seems like second nature for Sophie. She captured four consecutive state titles at Rock Bridge High School and won her first 15 games as a Tiger and her success has only increased expectations. 

"She's got the highest expectations for herself, she's got goals that she's got set for herself," Lindsey said. "I think she's done a great job of taking in the experience, learning from every opportunity and really take this program to the next level." 

As a highly touted recruit, Sophie had the chance to go to a top-tier women's basketball program. Instead, she chose Missouri. 

"I grew up here in Columbia and my whole family has gone to Mizzou and played sports," Sophie said. "I could've gone anywhere, but I know my heart was here at Mizzou." 

Despite having early success, including a record-setting 42 point game against Wake Forest, Sophie had her ups and down throughout SEC play. Sharing the court with her sister has helped her ease into the college game. 

"It's a blast," Sophie said. "I have a whole bunch of sisters on the team, but when she's actually my sister it just makes it that much more special." 

"Sometimes she says I'm too much of a mom," Lindsey said. "I know what can make things easier and what can make things harder so yeah I'd like to think I've helped her out a little bit." 

"I gotta believe that there's a calming factor there," Pingeton said. "Just someone to show you the ropes a little bit and guide you through the challenging times." 

The Tigers finished the regular season 21-8 and when Selection Monday comes around March 14, they hope to end a 10-year NCAA tournament drought. Pingeton downplayed the importance of getting an NCAA tournament berth, but said she understands the competitive nature of the sport. 

"Certainly if you're a competitor and you're playing at this level, its where everyone's trying to get to," Pingeton said. She emphasized the importance of Missouri controlling its own destiny. 

"You don't want to leave anything to chance," Pingeton said. "You want to go into that selection show Monday with a great resume and control what you can control." 

Lindsey said she thinks the goal of making an NCAA tournament has been in the back of everyone's mind since the end of last season.

"We try not to talk about it too much, try not to focus on the end result," Lindsey said. "At first we were just excited for post season play, but in the back of our minds the last couple years our goal is to make that NCAA tournament." 

Sophie said a tournament berth is every team's goal at the beginning of the year and said she has no doubts about the team making a run in the "Big Dance" despite facing the best teams in the country. 

"No one scares us," Sophie said with a smile on her face. "There are really good teams, awesome programs but I'm not scared." 

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Mizzou's comeback falls short against Kentucky http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-comeback-falls-short-against-kentucky/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-comeback-falls-short-against-kentucky/ Basketball Thu, 25 Feb 2016 9:16:38 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's comeback falls short against Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 24 Mizzou women's basketball team was able to overcome a 13-point deficit to take an advantage over Kentucky in the third quarter, but was unable to keep up its momentum, falling to No. 14 Kentucky 69-59 Thursday evening at Memorial Coliseum. The Mizzou women fell to 21-7 on the season, and 8-7 in SEC play. Thursday's loss means the Tigers will not get a double-bye in the SEC Tournament.

Sophie Cunningham was the points leader for the Tigers, scoring 29 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for another doble-double (18) for the freshman. She was 8-for-13 from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point range and notched a career-high 11 free throws.

Jordan Frericks, who would foul out in the fourth, had a double-double as well, with 12 points and 11 boards. This was her 24th career double-double, good enough for second in program history.

Kentucky took an early lead, shooting 42 percent during the first quarter and as it took a 22-14 lead. Cunningham had 10 of those points for the Tigers.

UK pushed its lead to 39-26 at the half. Evelyn Akhator and Janee Thompson each had 10 in that half for the Wildcats.

Mizzou was able to outscore Kentucky during the third quarter, 25-11, to take a 51-50 lead going into the last ten. Morgan Stock's three-pointer capped the Tigers' 11-0 run which gave them the lead.

However, the Wildcats were able to come back in the fourth, outscoring Mizzou 19-8 to close the game. Akhator had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Thompson had 24 points in the win for the Wildcats.

For the game, Mizzou shot 38 percent (19-for-50) from the field, 29 percent (6-for-21) from beyond the arc and 94 percent (15-for-16) at the foul line. Kentucky shot 40 percent (26-for-65) from the floor, 18 percent (3-for-17) from distance and 64 percent (14-for-22) at the free throw line.

The Tigers close the regular season with a 1 p.m.  tipoff vs. Vanderbilt at Mizzou Arena. The game will be televised on SEC Network. Seniors Michelle Hudyn, Juanita Robinson, Maddie Stock  and Morgan Stock  will be honored during pregame Senior Day activities beginning at 12:30 p.m.


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