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Mizzou celebrates Robin Pingeton’s 500th victory, steps up the fight against the NCAA

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Robin Pingeton earns 500th career win

This season has been disappointing at times for Robin Pingeton’s squad as they seek to make their first Sweet 16 since 2001. However, Sunday offered an opportunity for celebration as the Tigers trounced Vanderbilt 69-46, marking the 500th win of Robin Pingeton’s career.

In a night where the outcome was never in doubt, it was poetic justice that the one leading the way was Pingeton’s best player.

With 27 points and eight rebounds, Cunningham continued her recent dominance. She now has scored 20+ points 11 times this season. Cunningham also tied a career-high in three-pointers as she drilled seven shots from beyond the arc.

Pingeton’s niece, Cierra Porter, also chipped in with her best game since the mid-season return, tallying 15 points and seven rebounds. The strength of Cunningham and Porter’s performances helped offset a slow game from Amber Smith (three points on four shots in 23 minutes), but the mood afterward wasn’t one of analysis as much as it was somber reflection on Pingeton’s successful (and still young) career.

Pingeton also thanked the crowd afterward, remembering the student athletes who helped her reach the landmark achievement.

“This is about a lot of people, this isn’t just about me. Are you kidding me?” Pingeton said. “I’ve coached some great players, I’ve had some great assistant coaches. I’ve had some great administration, great fan bases. This is so much bigger than one person.”

Congrats to Coach Pingeton! Here’s to another 500 in black and gold!

Mizzou Athletics launches #MakeItRight campaign

Since the NCAA’s harsh sanctions were passed down on Missouri, the school has been vowing to fight hard in its appeal. On Sunday, the public got a closer — and university-sanctioned — look at how they plan to do so.

The webpage offers an extensive look at all facets of the sanctions and the appeal, including...

  • A breakdown of the sanctions
  • Timelines for the appeal process
  • Explanations of Mizzou’s penalties, including mitigating and aggravating factors

The page also aggregated statements from all three program coaches and several others.

As Sam, Pete and I discussed on Rock M Radio, Missouri’s best chance at reeling in the majority of these penalties — and hopefully some of the harsher ones — is to dictate and draw out the narrative. This page is a good start. Now it’s up to fans to back the school up with financial support.

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:

  • Dave Matter quoted Tom Crean in his thoughts on an undermanned Missouri team that is now back to .500 on the season.
  • Alex Schiffer was more positive about Saturday’s loss, pointing to the contributions of the true freshman trio.
  • Ben Hochman re-examined Joni Davis’ scoring record, her life beyond basketball and how Sophie Cunningham is on the cusp of Missouri history.
  • Over at PowerMizzou, Sean Williams talked to 4-star 2020 DE Kevon Billingsley about his recent visit to Columbia ($$).
  • Also for premium subscribers, Mitchell Forde talked to basketball commit Mario McKinney about the recent Vashon-CBC game that caught a lot of attention in St. Louis.
  • Larissa Anderson kicked off her tenure as head softball coach by mercy ruling the No. 12 team in the country and beating that one team to the west for a 3-2 start to the season. Not bad!
  • In tangential Missouri sports news: if you haven’t seen this buzzer beater at the end of Sunday’s Missouri State game, take a look.