The Missouri women avenged its previous loss to Florida in emphatic fashion on Thursday.
Missouri found itself tied 20-20 against Florida after one quarter in Greenville, S.C. — and then promptly outscored the Gators 67-36 over the final three quarters to win, 87-56.
Quite a turnaround for Robin Pingeton’s team, which lost by two to the Gators in mid-January.
The Tigers were led by Amber Smith (18 points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Hannah Schuchts (16 points). Sophie Cunningham put up 13 points and six rebounds, too, as she moves closer and closer to Missouri’s all-time scoring record.
Cunningham now 32 points away from setting Mizzou's career scoring record with at least two games to play.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 7, 2019
Next up for Missouri is fourth-seeded Kentucky. The Wildcats beat Missouri earlier this season, holding the Tigers to their fewest points (41) on the year. Tip-off is set (approximately) for 1:30 p.m. CT Friday; the game will again be televised by the SEC Network.
Sounds like a good Friday for another revenge win, huh?
Speaking of Cunningham, here’s a nice video feature of her via the SEC Network (and this may have already aired, but here it is again, just in case):
Missouri’s football program getting more props in the player development department
I feel like nearly every year, usually soon after the NFL Combine, there’s at least one article that mentions Missouri’s surprising track record in developing NFL talent.
This year, it comes courtesy of Rivals.com and its national analyst, Mike Farrell. Missouri is listed as one of the six programs that should be pleased after the combine.
After praising Drew Lock and Emanuel Hall, Farrell writes:
[Missouri] is one of the more underrated programs for producing NFL talent and now it is branching out from just producing great defensive players to the offensive side of the ball.
At some point, it shouldn’t be surprising anymore, should it? Missouri sending players to the top of the draft isn’t necessarily a yearly occurrence, but each year a handful of Missouri players are in contention to be drafted, and every few years, there’s a first-rounder among them.
Good news, too — there’s more NFL potential coming out of Columbia over the next few seasons (at least), so we’ll see more of these articles written in 2020 and 2021 and so on.
Oh, and there’s this, from Miami Sun-Sentinal NFL writer Omar Kelly:
Serious talk.....I’m not going to argue with you Pro of Con about Drew Lock. But I will tell you he’ll likely be a a top 15 pick, and has the potential to be an Aaron Rodgers type talent because of his arm talent and moxie. I don’t have a conviction about him, but I do like him.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 7, 2019
(Drew, however, seems to like his family a bit more than Rodgers does.)
Water is wet, sky is blue and Missouri wrestling prepares for another MAC championship
The conference tournament starts on Friday and Missouri looks for its eight-consecutive MAC conference championship.
Needless to say, Missouri is once again the odds-on favorite to win.
Fans can watch on ESPN+ (and stream online right here). The action begins on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Emanuel Hall tested well at the Combine; What does that mean for his NFL draft chances? David Morrison investigates.
- Study Hall: Missouri 64, Georgia 39
- Change of plans for Missouri baseball against Northwestern this weekend: The games on Friday and Saturday will both now begin at 3 p.m. CT; the series finale is still set for 1 p.m. CT Sunday.
- Also on tap this weekend: Missouri tennis at home, Missouri softball at Alabama. Swimming and diving, oh, and track, too — it’s a busy weekend, is what I’m saying.
- Oh, and men’s basketball, too (2:30 p.m. CT Saturday).
- Sean Williams of PowerMizzou.com has the story on 3-star Round Rock (Texas) RB Chris Vaughn, who plans to visit Missouri this spring (PREMIUM).
- Barry Odom is bringing a big guest to Missouri’s high school coaches clinics in April:
I’m told that long time Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder will be the featured speaker at the Missouri high school coaches clinic hosted by #Mizzou on April 5th and 6th.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) March 7, 2019
- Sounds like Will’s Wade-ing into some trouble with the NCAA down in Baton Rouge.
- Finally, we’ll let some Missouri football highlights lead you into the weekend, like a Kelly Bryant pass to Albert Okwuegbunam: