Mizzou Looks For Seventh Straight Saturday

COLUMBIA, Mo. - In search of its seventh consecutive victory, the University of Missouri women's basketball team (7-4) travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a matchup with non-conference foe Duquesne (10-4) on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT). The game marks the first meeting between the two teams.

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Mizzou returns home to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with s Mizzou basketball double-header on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The women open the day with a 5 p.m. game against Chicago State and the men follow at 8 p.m. with a contest against Coppin State.

Scouting Duquesne

Duquesne comes into the game 10-4 on the year, including wins over Morehead State (83-57), Cornell (93-47), Mount St. Mary's (66-59), Pennsylvania (78-45), Binghamton (68-56), Niagra (100-43), Robert Morris (63-59), Saint Francis (87-59), IPFW (77-64) and Brown (84-54). The team's four losses have come at the hands of Towson (59-56), Pittsburgh (66-47), West Virginia (59-41) and Auburn (87-67).

Four different Dukes average double figures on the season, led by senior guard Kristi Little's 12.5 ppg. and 4.4 apg. Junior guard Keri Pryor is second on the team with 12.0 ppg. while freshman forward Alex Gensler and junior guard Rachel Frederick add 10.7 ppg. and 10.2 ppg., respectively.

Former WNBA player and head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio is in her second year at the helm of Duquesne and has a 25-19 record with the Dukes.

Mizzou earns sixth consecutive win

Propelled by a 29-2 run to open the game, Missouri earned its sixth consecutive victory with a 60-31 win over Southeast Missouri State on Monday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

Junior Jessra Johnson led the way with 14 points, senior Alyssa Hollins also scored in double figures with 13 and freshman Christine Flores added a career high nine points. Sophomore RaeShara Brown paced the Tigers with eight rebounds while redshirt freshman Bekah Mills had six boards and a personal best three blocks.

Mizzou was on fire to start the game and grabbed a quick 9-0 lead after Mills made a layup with 17:49 left in the first. After the Redhawks hit a basket, the Tigers reeled off 20 consecutive points, coming from five different players, for a 29-2 contest with 6:09 remaining in the opening frame.

The Redhawks went on a 10-4 run of their own over the next four minutes but Missouri scored the final seven points of the first half, including a three from junior Amanda Hanneman with nine seconds left, to enter the break with a 40-12 advantage.

A free throw from Johnson gave the Tigers a 47-13 lead, their biggest of the game, with 15:24 left in the contest. The two teams played even for the rest of the game as Mizzou claimed the 60-31 win.

Six in a row

Mizzou's 60-31 win against SEMO on Dec. 29 marked the team's sixth consecutive victory, dating back to a 69-63 comeback win over Northwestern on Nov. 30.

During the six-game span, Missouri has averaged 68.7ppg. and allowed only 46.0 ppg., a +22.7 mark. Additionally the team is shooting 42.5 percent from the field, grabbing 13.8 spg. and has a +9.0 turnover margin (15.8-24.8).

Hitting the freebies

Free throw shooting has been Mizzou's Achilles' heel all year as the team is hitting just 58.5 percent from the charity stripe in the first 11 games. In the team's game with SEMO on Dec. 29, the Tigers shot a season high 76.9 percent from the line on 10-of-13 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 from freshman Kendra Frazier.

Missouri also made its final 11 attempts from the line in their come-from-behind win at Arkansas on Dec. 21 and is 21-of-24 (87.5 percent) since.

Blocks for Bekah

Although only 5-9, redshirt freshman Bekah Mills currently ranks second on the team in blocks with nine on the year. Against SEMO on Dec. 29, Mills swatted away three shots for a new career high, which is also tied for the individual single game high.

The guard has posted blocks in seven of Mizzou's 11 games this season and has had a game high in that category five times.

Tigers grab win away from Arkansas

Senior Alyssa Hollins hit a three-pointer with 1:14 remaining to give the Tigers its first lead of the second half as the University of Missouri women's basketball held on for a 56-55 victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark. The win was the fifth consecutive for Mizzou.

Down 51-43 with four minutes left in the game, the Tigers went on a 14-4 run to close out the contest. Hollins converted two free throws with 55 seconds remaining for a 54-51 lead and sophomore RaeShara Brown hit two more with the Tigers up one, 54-53, with 13.8 seconds on the clock.

Arkansas had a chance to tie the game but Razorback Ceira Ricketts made a layup with 1.4 seconds left. The Tigers managed to inbounds the ball and steal the victory.

Junior Jessra Johnson led Mizzou with 17 points and nine rebounds while Hollins chipped in 16 points.

Mizzou halts Arkansas' streak

The Arkansas Razorbacks entered their game with the Tigers riding a 25-game home non-conferece winning streak. The Razorbacks had not lost at Bud Walton Arena since a 66-64 defeat at the hands of Tulsa on Dec. 1, 2005. Mizzou put a stop to the streak as the visitors came back from eight points down with four minutes to play to pull out a 56-55 victory.

Tigers make them when it counts

Missouri entered the contest with Arkansas shooting just 57.8 percent from the free throw line and during the first 33 minutes of the game, it showed. Mizzou made just 3 of its first 15 attempts at the line. However, a free throw from sophomore Jasmyn Otote with 6:47 left in the game got the team rolling, as Mizzou made its last 11 attempts from the charity stripe, including four in the final minute, to earn a 56-55 victory.

Mills earns weekly honor

Redshirt freshman guard Bekah Mills was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week by a media voting panel for games Dec. 8-14, the league announced on Dec. 15.

Mills averaged a team high 14.5 ppg. and shot 72.7 percent (8-11) from the floor and 83.3 percent (5-6) from behind the arc during the week to help Mizzou record wins over Bradley and UT Martin. She scored a career high 16 points to go along with a personal best six rebounds in the Tigers' 83-54 victory over Bradley on Dec. 9 and notched 13 points and a career best six steals in Mizzou's 74-23 win against UT Martin on Dec. 14. On the season, Mills is averaging 7.7 ppg. on 51.1 percent (24-47) shooting from the field and 61.1 percent (10-18) from the three-point line.

It was the first career honor for Mills and the first conference weekly award since EeTisha Riddle earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 2006. She is also the fifth Tiger to earn Rookie/Freshman of the Week honors, joining Julie Helm, Amanda Lassiter, Evan Unrau and Kassie Drew. Helm and Lassiter both earned the honor three times during their inaugural year with Mizzou.

Brown a beast on the boards

At 5-8 sophomore RaeShara Brown is Mizzou's second shortest player yet after eight games, the guard is second on the team with 6.3 rpg. Brown's biggest night on the boards this year was an impressive 12 rebound outing, including four on the offensive end, against Holy Cross on Nov. 29.

Additionally, Brown has started all 11 games and is playing a team fourth best 25.9 mpg. this season. So far this year, she has recorded 69 rebounds, 25 more than she posted all of last season.

What points?

Missouri allowed only 23 points to UT Martin on Dec. 14, the second fewest points the program has allowed in its 34-year history. The total was two more than the all-time record of fewest points allowed, 21, in a 119-21 win over Bethany College on Jan. 3, 1977.

The 23 points were also the fewest ever scored by UT Martin since the school began 5-on-5 basketball.

Where are the field goals?

UT Martin managed to make only seven field goals during its game with Mizzou on Dec. 14. That marks the fewest field goals allowed for Missouri in at least 30 years.

The previous record for fewest field goals allowed by the Tigers in last 31 years was nine, in a 90-27 win over Missouri-Rolla on Dec. 2, 1998 (complete statistics for the 1975-76, 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons could not be found).

Gee makes an impact

Freshman Bailey Gee played a season high 19 minutes against UT Martin on Dec. 14 and posted a team and career high 13 points to go along with a personal best seven rebounds.

After playing sparingly and scoring no points in the first five games of the year, the guard has played a total of 20 minutes and scored 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor in games against Northwestern and Toledo, Bradley and UT Martin.

Johnson stealing the show

Junior Jessra Johnson notched a career high tying four steals against Toledo on Dec. 3, the second time in a four-game stretch the forward recorded four steals. With 27 on the young season, Johnson currently leads the Big 12 with 2.5 spg.

Johnson needs just five more steals to match her season total from last year (32), which she accomplished in 30 games.

Steals galore

Over a three-game span from Dec. 3-Dec. 14, the Tigers have racked up a total of 57 steals for an average of 19.0 spg. The team started its steal party with 17 against Toledo on Dec. 3 and then did one better when 18 against Bradley on Dec. 9. Five days later, the Tigers posted 22 steals, the highest total in the Big 12 this year. Before the three-game stretch, the team's season high was 12 in a game with Western Illinois.

Missouri is averaging 11.5 spg. on the year to rank second in the Big 12, behind only Texas A&M (13.1).

Johnson doing it all

Johnson started her junior season on a tear and has not let up in the first nine games of the year. She currently leads the team in scoring (14.7), rebounding (7.8), assists (2.8), steals (2.5), and blocks (0.9).

The junior has led the team in points in five games, rebounds six, assists and blocks four and blocks seven times.

Jones shooting lights out

Sophomore Shakara Jones has shot lights out in the first nine games. The forward, who has shot at least 50 percent from the field in all but one game this year, leads the squad in field goal percentage at 55.6 (50-90). Against Holy Cross on Nov. 29 she made 10-of-15 shots from the floor for a season high 22 points.

Jones is currently third on the team with 10.6 ppg. and 4.3 rpg.

Hollins joins 1,000-point club

A jumper with 12:37 left in regulation against Holy Cross on Nov. 29 gave senior Alyssa Hollins the 999th and 1,000th points in her career, making the guard the 26th player in Mizzou history to record 1,000 points.

With 13 points against SEMO on Dec. 29 Hollins now has 1,087 in her career, good for 23rd place on the all-time list. She is one point shy of tying Debbie Walker (80-83) for 22nd place on the all-time list.

The last Tiger to reach the 1,000-point plateau was EeTisha Riddle, who accomplished the feat against in the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship againstTexas on March 6, 2007.

Mizzou dishes out the assists

Against Holy Cross on Nov. 29, Mizzou was credited with an impressive 31 assists on its 37 field goals. The total was the most since Nov. 11, 1984, when Missouri dished out a team record 41 in a contest with Cleveland State.

Eight different Tigers posted at least one assist against the Crusaders, led by a career high tying seven from junior Toy Richbow. Sophomore Jasmyn Otote also had a personal best with five and senior Alyssa Hollins and redshirt freshman Bekah Mills also had five to tie career bests.

The total stands as the best assist output by a Big 12 team this season.

Rare triple overtime game for Tigers

Saturday's triple overtime contest against Holy Cross, a 94-93 loss, was only the second such game in Mizzou's 34-plus year history. The only other triple overtime game was a 118-111 loss at Kansas on Jan. 29, 1983.

Johnson makes all-tournament team

In the DoubleTree White Invitational on Nov. 29-30, junior Jessra Johnson shot 8-of-14 from the field to post 19 points and nine boards in a come-from-behind win over host Northwestern and recorded 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a triple overtime loss to Holy Cross. The forward averaged 20.0 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. in the two games to earn all-tournament team honors.

Hollins ups career three-point record

As a junior last year, senior Alyssa Hollins became the program's most prolific three-point field goal shooter, as she set Mizzou's career three-point record. With a trey against SEMO on Dec. 29, she now has 190 in her career, 48 more than the second-best total.

Additionally, last season she made 90 threes to smash Amanda Lassiter's old mark of 65 and became the all-time three-point field goal leader, passing Carlynn Savant's record of 144. Her record currently stands at 189.

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