Exciting upcoming season for the Missouri women’s basketball team

Exciting upcoming season for the Missouri women’s basketball team

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By Erin Reynolds, 23 Sports

Sunday, Oct. 26-

With the season quickly approaching, many are wondering about the chances of the 2014-15 University of Missouri women’s basketball team. The Tigers went 17-14 in the previous season- just barely a winning record. However, Coach Pingeton and the Lady Tigers will look to redeem themselves this year, with the help of both experienced veterans and young assets.

Mizzou fans got a sneak peak of the 2014-2015 women’s basketball team at the Black and Gold scrimmage in mid-October. The upcoming season looks bright for the Tigers, especially with a few familiar faces returning to Mizzou Arena.

Among the returners is the sister-duo, juniors Morgan and Maddie Stock. Both appeared in almost every game last season, averaging 6.6 and 3.5 points per game respectively.

Another notable junior returning for the Tigers is Lianna Doty, the starting point guard.   Averaging 5.1 points per game and 5.6 assists, Doty will play an important role for the Tiger’s offense.

Columbia native and RS sophomore Lindsey Cunningham will also be an important attribute for the Tigers. Cunningham appeared in every game last season and dished out 53 assists on the year- third-most on the team. Alongside Doty, she will play an important role with the added point guard depth.

Sophomore Kayla McDowell will also play a large part for Mizzou, playing near the hoop. McDowell averaged 19.2 minutes per game last year and finished third on the team last year shooting 44 percent from the field.

Arguably the most important returning Tiger is senior Morgan Eye. Eye averaged 12.9 points per game on 43 percent shooting. She knocked down 108 three-pointers for the Tigers, her second consecutive year with more than 100, and is only 110 away from setting the NCAA record.

The Tigers will miss Bri Kulas after she graduated this past spring. Kulas started 30 games in the 2013-2014 season and led the Tigers in scoring. However, Missouri has promising young talent taking the court this season.

Newcomer Juanita Robinson already has college experience after playing two years for Johnson County Community College. She averaged 11 points a game last year, along with 5.3 rebounds.

Also new for Mizzou this year are freshmen Bri Porter and Carrie Shepard. Porter is the daughter of assistant coach Michael Porter. She is coming off a very successful high school career with Rock Bridge, helping her team take four Missouri State Championship titles and ranking the No. 41 recruit on ESPN Hoop Gurlz 100.

Shepard is also a Missouri native. She averaged an astounding 35 points per game her junior year and was named Miss Show-Me Basketball after her senior year.

With fresh new faces and seasoned veterans taking the court, Missouri has a lot of potential this upcoming season. The Tigers will begin play on November 5 at 7 p.m. with a home exhibition game against Lindenwood.