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Mizzou News for Friday, November 5

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Talk about a B-E-A-T-D-O-W-N

In every sense of the word. That was a total shellacking, dear readers. Offensively AND defensively. The Tigers, in their final preseason game, taking on D-2 Southwest Baptist, were just… unstoppable. They started out hot, and just kept going. Missouri’s first four shots were all threes, all of which went in, and while their offense was stunted a little at first by the Bearcats’ zone, there was no real stoppage of the Tigers’ onslaught. In the first quarter alone, the Tigers were up 22-6 and had already forced 8 turnovers, and it just got better from there. They would force THIRTY turnovers in the game, to go with 18 steals. 10 of 11 players who saw the floor recorded at least one steal…. that’s absurd. And awesome.

Once again, the Tigers were without the services of Skylah Travis, Jayla Kelly, and Da’Necia Trusty, who were not dressed out for the game, though it’s not like they were exactly needed. However, their energy on the bench was inspiring. Every Tiger who suited up scored, with the exception of Mama Dembele, who started, but was scoreless in 15 minutes of play. Haley Troup had a rough game offensively, only scoring 3 points on 1-7 shooting, but she did dish out a team-leading 8 assists, and actually had the highest +/- on the team at +40.

The Tigers were led in scoring by AB’s 21 points on 8-10 shooting (!!), including 2-2 from three. Our girl also had 10 rebounds, an assist, and SIX steals. Let that settle in, guys. She was ON FIRE. And that signature Aijha energy the whole game!??! THE ENERGY. Sigh, I love Aijha Blackwell.

Also awesome? Starter Hayley Frank, who appears to have bulked up a bit in the offseason, had a cool 16 points on 6-9 shooting (4-6 from three), to go along with 4 rebounds, an assist, a block, and 2 steals. And Izzy Higginbottom, coming off the bench, in ONLY THE SECOND COLLEGE GAME OF HER CAREER, once again scored in double digits, with 16 points on 5-12 shooting (2-5 from three) with a rebound, 3 assists, and a steal in her 24 minutes.

LaDazhia Williams, sporting more of a knee sleeve than the bulky brace she wore last week, had a great game as well, scoring 13 points on 6-8 shooting with 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal in just 17 minutes. Truthfully, it seemed like she was out there longer, but perhaps it was just because she was so effective when out there.

To the box score, courtesy of StatBroadcast:

WOOOOOO WEEEEEEEE that’s some shootin…
StatBroadcast.com

Rotation-wise, many lineups were tested out again, but LaDazhia was the first player off the bench this time, followed by — I think — Izzy and then Sara-Rose Smith. The Sisters Linthacum both were in before the half, and everyone seemed to get a decent chunk of playing time.

If you read my links yesterday, you’ll recall that I said to watch the turnovers, as we know that this is something that plagued the Tigers in years’ past. The Tigers did cough up the ball 9 times on Thursday, though most seemed to be of the unforced variety— errant passes with plenty of time to spare, a double-dribble, a travel, etc. Also, about half of those came in the first quarter alone, so the Tigers definitely settled in as the game went on.

A few other tidbits:

  • It lovely to see Lisa Porter (AKA Porter Mom), the youngest girl Porter, Brad Loos, and a healthy contingent of the men’s team, including: Anton, Kobe, Big Jordan, Javon, Ronnie, DeJuan, and Trevon. Loving the support.
  • My one nitpick? The lady sitting behind me that kept calling “Airball!” when the Bearcats would miss a shot. The problem? They were clearly clanking off the rim. Ma’am… that’s not an air ball.
  • While Mizzou was killing it on the court, this writer was killing it at life, since ya girl snagged herself a free shirt in the t-shirt toss! Truthfully, a free shirt is a free shirt, but I do wish it was one of those HOME ones with the Missouri silhouette instead of an “O” like they throw to the crowd at the football games. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Karen loves free shirts

On to the Links! Go Tigers!

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Hoops

Crootin News

  • Welcome, Adison!

From Perfect Game, who’s ranked him a 9 (“potential Top 10 round pick and/or highest level college prospect”):

Adison Worthman is a 2023 OF with a 6-2 235 lb. frame from Bloomington, IL who attends Bloomington. Extra big and strong athletic build. Very fast for his size and age, 6.40 sixty at the PG Junior National Showcase. Fundamentally sound actions in the outfield, makes extremely accurate throws and will throw out runners, left field profile. Right handed hitter, hits from a straight spread stance, wraps barrel in front of his body, hands driven swing, obvious strength in the barrel and big power potential, will continue to improve as a hitter with barrel position adjustments. Excellent student.

  • Welcome, Claire!

Here’s some info on her from her club team, the Birmingham Thunderbolts. I tried to look up some additional info on Extra Innings, but it’s subscription only.

  • Antonio Doyle, Jr. is leaving Texas A&M. Let it be known that Mookie Cooper’s mom would like to see him back in the black & gold. He was a one-time Mizzou commit under Barry Odom, after all. Maybe Drink can use some of that recruiting magic to bring him home.
  • Hey, Parker! According to Dave Matter, Hoops had an unofficial visitor in town…

Other Mizzou Sports

Blitz chess allows only 3:02 for each move on the board, compared with an hour and a half plus 30 seconds per move in classical chess. The win was determined by score. He tied with three other competitors, but through a complex string of tiebreakers, he took first place.

  • Swim & Dive previews this weekend’s tri-dual. Hear from Will Goodwin, Jack DuBois, Hayley Hill, and Allison Bloebaum on the matchup against Purdue and Michigan in West Lafayette.
  • Pitching coach Mitch Plassmeyer posted this cool thread on the twitter about the Tigers’ offseason development, as they are just ten weeks from the season kicking off. Be sure to click through the whole thing.
  • If you’re not busy Saturday, head over to the Tiger Performance Complex to check out gymnastics practice!

Mizzou in the Pros

  • Vote for the Mayor of CoMo! Soph did quite well in her first EuroLeague game for basket Landes, and it’s time to vote for her as Week 5 MVP! Cast your vote at FIBA Basketball. As of Thursday night, Soph is in second place behind Jonquel Jones, 30% to 28%.
  • TILLY!
  • Nick Bolton, we miss you, and also, CONGRATS!

Damn, Jordan.

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