Hank Noah, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team finished the season with a 23-6 record, including an 11-5 in SEC play. This impressive conference record was enough to put Mizzou at the sixth spot in the SEC tournament, which begins on Wednesday. However, the Tigers have a first round by and will play the winner of Florida and Ole Miss on Thursday.

One of the biggest parts of Mizzou’s success was being able to post an impressive 12-2 record at home. The Tigers also held a 7-3 away record and a 4-1 record in neutral locations. The Tigers season was scarred by one bad stretch in which they lost multiple games in a row, all to ranked. The tough string of opponents started with a loss to No. 20 Georgia in Athens. It was followed by a loss to No. 9 South Carolina on their home court. Those two were capped off with a tough four-point loss to the undefeated No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs on Mizzou’s home floor.

Other than this stretch of tough games, Mizzou did not lose back-to-back matches all season. This can be accredited to the plethora of star players that Mizzou has. Cierra Porter, the Tiger’s defensive presence in the front-court, is averaging 10.1 points and 7.7 rebounds on the season. Redshirt senior Jordan Frericks was one of two Tigers to make an All-SEC team as she was named to the Second Team All-SEC squad. Frericks is averaging 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Sophie Cunningham, who averaged a career-high 18.6 points per game in the regular season, was named to First Team All-SEC for the second time in her career.

With Mizzou’s overhaul of talent both in the starting lineup and coming off the bench, they have a chance to make big moves in the not only the SEC tournament, but the NCAA tournament as well. Mizzou’s biggest obstacle will be No. 2 Mississippi State, but if anyone can take down the Bulldogs it is Robin Pingeton’s Missouri Tigers squad.