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Mizzou Women’s Basketball is hoping to start off another strong season despite the departure of beloved Sophie Cunningham. Head Coach Robin Pingeton and crew worked hard behind the scenes to fill the void Cunningham left with coaching up the experienced on the team and recruitment.

The Tigers achieved a successful 2018-19 season going 10-6 in conference, landing themselves a bid to the NCAA tournament. They went in as a seven seed and were defeated by the No. 2 seeded Iowa. They finished the season 24-11 led by All-SEC Tournament Team and All-SEC First Team winner, Cunningham.

Mizzou will have a fairly young team this season. Senior Amber Smith is Mizzou’s only returner that started in all 35 games last season. She leads the team (minus Cunningham) statistically as well, averaging 12.4 points per game last season. Redshirt senior Hannah Schuchts appeared in all 35 games, starting in 19, and averaged 3.7 points. Senior Jordan Roundtree also appeared in all 35 and made 24 starts, averaging 4.3 points per game. The Tigers need these three to step up and be the new leaders of this young team.

Mizzou fans should be hopeful of another strong season with the recruiting class Pingeton was able to bring in. They snagged the No. 1 and 2 ranked prospects in the state of Missouri (ESPNW) in freshman Guard Aijha Blackwell and freshman Forward Hayley Frank. They also got Micah Linthacum, the No. 18 forward in the Class of 2019 (ESPNW and Hoopgurlz).

The inexperience of the team could be an issue, but with all this talent, the Tigers’ season is shaping up to be a successful one. The Tigers tip off Tuesday Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. for the first regular season game at home in Mizzou Arena against the Bulldogs of Western Illinois.