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Women’s Hoops Releases Committee Members, SEC Moves Forward with Alston Decision, and SOPHIE IS ON FIRE

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Mizzou News for Friday, September 24

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It’s committee time! We have officially reached the time of year when the SEC student-athlete committees are formed, and I always love to see who has been selected for leadership positions. Women’s Hoops shared their selections on Thursday, so let’s have a look! (If available, I’ve included any information I could find about specific committees)

First up is S.A.F.E., or Student Athletes Fostering Equality, which is a committee formed in 2018 as part of the UM system’s Inclusive Excellence Framework with a goal of “guiding substantive and systemic change” in collegiate athletics. What a great opportunity for junior Aijha Blackwell and freshman Skylah Travis!

Next up is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which provides student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and the SEC office staff. According to the NCAA’s site, the focus of campus SAACs is to offer student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics by “promoting communication between athletics administration and student-athletes, providing feedback and insight into athletic department issues, and generating a student-athlete voice within the athletic department to formulate policies.” Sophomore Jayla Kelly and freshman Kiya Dorroh will represent Mizzou.

And finally, a trio of Tiger hoopers — sisters Micah & Sarah Linthacum, and freshman Izzy Higginbottom— will represent Women’s Hoops at the Tiger Leadership Institute. According to

The Tiger Leadership Institute (TLI) is a leadership development program designed to aid in shaping Mizzou student athletes into productive leaders while they are on campus, as well preparing them to be effective leaders after graduation. The program draws on the theory of authentic leadership and the UM Leadership Competency Model to assist student athletes in identity development, discovering their authentic leadership style, and how to best impact, lead and empower those around them.

Moving on from the student-athlete committee talk to a more important meeting of the minds… Thursday marked a landmark day in the Southeastern Conference, as the SEC bigwigs voted that each school has the discretion to come up with their own system to provide education-related benefits and academic awards to its most deserving student-athletes in lieu of the Alston v. NCAA case:

More from the Alston v. NCAA case, via

The Alston decision granted universities the opportunity to provide student-athletes with additional education-related benefits such as computers, science equipment and musical instruments, along with direct financial support in the form of academic achievement awards, up to the legally established maximum of $5,980 per year.

While the Alston decision allows individual conferences to set limits on the new educational benefits, the SEC’s presidents and chancellors have elected not to place additional constraints on Conference members in determining how to provide this new support to their student-athletes. The unanimous vote by the SEC’s presidents and chancellors was an approval of a recommendation from the Conference’s athletics directors.

Here’s what Missouri Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois had to say on the matter:

On to the Links! Best wishes to the Tigers tomorrow!

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Statistical Stuff

  • What a beast!
  • On Connor Bazelak:
  • On short yardage plays:
  • On turnover rate:

Want more stats? Head over to @SEC_StatCat on twitter and there’s TONS to parse through.


  • Looks like a lovely celebration, Coach! (He shares a birthday with his wife, Roberta)

Diamond Sports

  • Steve Bieser’s new look squad kicked off Fall Ball with a scrimmage on Thursday afternoon.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Mizzou Soccer fell to Alabama Thursday evening in Tuscaloosa, 2-1. After an Alabama score at 67’, Mizzou’s Jadyn Easley tied the game less than a minute later. The game remained tied until Alabama took at the lead for good at 85’. You can read the recap at

Sophie Cunningham News

  • The WNBA playoffs kicked off on Thursday evening, with Sophie Cunningham’s Phoenix Mercury team playing New York Liberty in a single elimination game. It was WILD, y’all, with so many ties and lead changes. Next up? They face the Storm on Sunday at 2 on ABC.
  • Coach Pingeton and Aijha Blackwell approve.
  • As the broadcasters said, “SOPHIE CUNNINGHAM WANTS ALL THE SMOKE.” Deserving foul or not (it wasn’t a tech, that’s just her face and personality, refs), WE LOVE TO F’ING SEE IT. The former Mayor of Columbia was on FIRE off the bench. In her 22 minutes, she had a career high 21 points on 6-9 FG (SIX OF SEVEN FROM THREE), with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and no fouls.
  • Phoenix Mercury twitter basically became a Sophie stan account, and for good reason. Our girl was incredible. At one point they seemed to forget how to type.
  • And offered up a new phone wallpaper.
  • And showed that sometimes Soph shoots with so much force, she falls down.
  • And tweeted what we all were thinking.
  • Others on the twitter certainly took notice. Former Tiger and current Pelicans scout Jarrett Sutton said what Mizzou fans have known all along:
  • Women’s Sports writer and PowerPlays creator (a newsletter fighting for equal representation in women’s sports), Lindsay Gibbs, was a fan:
  • Shea Serrano, former Ringer staffer, excellent tweeter, and famed hoops fan/movie buff, was floored:
  • The Arizona Cardinals would like some Sophie merch, please:

Mizzou in the Pros/Former Tigers in the News


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