Pingeton and Cunningham receive AP honors
COLUMBIA - Missouri Women's Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton has been named the Associated Press Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, as announced by the AP on Wednesday. Sophomore star Sophie Cunningham got a nod for the AP's First-Team All-SEC, also announced Wednesday.
Pingeton thus collects her second coach of the year honor for the 2016-2017 season, after the league's coaches voted her SEC Coach of the Year on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Pingeton led her squad to an impressive 21-10 mark this season but Missouri hit a wall in the SEC tournament once again. Mizzou's loss to Texas A&M in the quarterfinal game dropped their overall record in the tournament to 0-5 since entering the SEC.
With this early exit, the Tigers leave their fate for the NCAA Tournament in the hands of the committee. Sophomore Sophie Cunningham had 13 in the loss, well under her season average.
Cunningham has been stellar all season for the Tigers averaging 17.7 points per game, the second highest mark in the SEC. Cunningham ended the regular season with four consecutive 20-point efforts. During that stretch, she became the first Tiger since Sandie Prophete in 1989 to score 26 points in three straight contests.
Missouri will learn if they'll be dancing in the NCAA Tournament Monday night, when the committee announces seeding.
(Editor’s note: This story was edited to correct the misspelling of the word led.)