Mizzou women fall in The Other Columbia
There was a lot of potential drama headed into Monday night’s game between Robin Pingeton’s Missouri Tigers and Dawn Staley’s South Carolina Gamecocks.
Two programs with a history of frustrations, accusations and lawsuits. Two Top 25 ranked teams. Two passionate fanbases dedicated to booing the ever-living hell out of each other’s players.
Fortunately, nothing really spilled over into the game — the two teams even met at half court before the game as a show of moving forward. The officials kept a close eye on both teams, but never had to worry too much as the Gamecocks maintained a steady lead before closing out a 79-65 win.
Officials seemed to call the game tighter than most, possibly to keep tensions from escalating between the two teams like in years passed. At halftime, Missouri had four players with a pair of fouls including Cunningham, fellow senior Cierra Porter and starting forward Hannah Schuchts.
It was a good game for Sophie Cunningham — 24 points despite foul trouble — but she didn’t get much help outside of Amber Smith and Akira Levy (16 and 12 points, respectively.)
The Tigers were slightly short-handed on the bench as well, after announcing the transfer of freshman Grace Berg just before game time. That’s a tough loss for the Tigers, as Berg was a highly-touted recruit out of high school. She hadn’t seen much of the court lately, but had good size and skill combined with above average athleticism. The future is still bright — Pingeton has a Top 10 class coming this year — but it would’ve been nice to see how Berg could contribute. Best of luck, Grace!
The Tigers head to No. 15 Kentucky on Thursday.
Barrett Bannister gets a scholly
In good news, Monday marked a major life update for one of Mizzou football’s surprise contributors from the 2018 season.
The rising redshirt sophomore only had eight catches during the 2018 season, but had a knack for showing up at the right times. He caught three balls for 37 yards during Missouri’s Liberty Bowl loss for Oklahoma State, and should be a nice chunk yardage option for Kelly Bryant next year.
His teammates were pretty happy to find out about his scholarship as well.
Man what a day. I am so pumped for my best dude @BanisterBarrett getting put on scholarship. Y’all have no idea what he is capable of. Thousands of hours throwing and training together has paid off. You deserve it. Love ya B. #alwaysopen pic.twitter.com/SOHUomm8TY— Taylor Powell (@taylorwpowell) January 22, 2019
Congrats, Barrett! To see how Bannister’s announcement affects Mizzou’s scholarship chart, head over to PowerMizzou, where Gabe DeArmond broke it all down.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Missouri football adds JUCO OT Angel Matute
- Mizzou Women’s Basketball announces Freshman Grace Berg will transfer
- Saturday Down South laid out five “realistic goals” for Mizzou football in 2019 including chemistry between Kelly Bryant and his receivers and developing some new leaders on defense.
- Dane Brugler at The Athletic ($$) examined some of the biggest Senior Bowl storylines. Drew Lock ended up quite high on the list.
- Speaking of the Senior Bowl, one of Missouri’s representatives will no longer be playing.
Missouri WR Emanuel Hall dropped out of Senior Bowl on Thursday.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) January 21, 2019
- And speaking of Drew Lock, it seems like he is bursting with confidence heading into his big showcase on Thursday.