MIZZOU WBB LOVES OVERTIME. AND OVERTIME LOVES THEM.
This TEAM, y’all…. They just don’t give up. Mizzou trailed for the majority of the game and came out looking like they hadn’t practiced in almost a week (newsflash: they hadn’t) until a 12-0 run late in the third quarter gave Coach P’s Tigers its largest lead before the fourth quarter. But Auburn answered and went on their own little 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter which gave them the lead back. Mizzou didn’t panic, though. They picked up the defense, played scrappy basketball, and got back into the game with some remarkable play by a chorus of Tigers.
When Auburn forced OT and knotted the score at 59, Mizzou kicked it into high gear, finally stopped turning the ball over (they had 20 — YES, 20 — in the game), and put the nail in the coffin, outscoring the other Tigers 13-4 in the extra time. Yes, you read that right. In overtime, with a whole FIVE minutes on the game clock, HALF of a normal quarter, our Tigers scored 13 points. For reference, they scored 14 total in the fourth quarter. DOMINANCE.
From Robin Pingeton in the post game:
“It wasn’t pretty, but showed some grittiness and toughness and leaned in... At this point in the season, being out of practice, that’s what you got to do—you gotta find a way.”
Big time gusty win! Love this team man https://t.co/EGJ9A8EqoU— Haley Troup (@haleytroup13) January 7, 2022
“Our” Tigers were led by LaDazhia Williams, who played 41 minutes and scored a career high 25 points. Lauren Hansen, playing her former team, scored 17 and made 3-4 of her triples, and Hayley Frank had 15 points to go with FOUR BLOCKS.
And you can’t forget AB. Aijha Blackwell is only a junior. Aijha Blackwell likes buckets. Aijha Blackwell, who didn’t practice for quite some time after being out with Covid for the South Carolina game on Dec 30, did not appear to be at her best, as one would expect given the circumstances. AB looked a little rusty, a little slower, and not as bouncy and rebounder-y (yes, I’ve made up a word) for much of the game. But man, did our girl TURN IT UP (as well as her teammates, but this is about her specifically) when Mizzou needed it the most. From 1:52 left in the fourth quarter til 0:32 left in OT, Aijha had: 3 defensive rebounds, 1 offensive rebound, a free throw, and a layup. While she didn’t take many shots in that timespan (only two), what she did for her teammates was invaluable. Despite likely running on fumes, AB played 38 minutes, shot 6-12 from the field (0-1 from three) and had 14 rebounds, recording her tenth double-double of the season. She’s now got 30 of those in her career, per MUTigers.com.
Oh, and this VERY COOL AND IMPORTANT MILESTONE WAS REACHED.
So much congratulations goes out to AB. What an honor, and she’s only a junior (and just the 14th Tiger to reach this milestone before her senior season). Y’all, we are so lucky to have her in the black and gold.
I ask once more of the Basketball Gods— can you hear me? Can some of this amazing juju rub off on the men’s team? Some of them were there, after all, and I’m hoping the good vibes from the women transfer themselves right on over to the men, who desperately need it. Also, you’ll be happy to know that Yaya Keita was wearing a mask the entire time (I also spotted him at Target wearing one too, so safety first).
One last thing… For those of you keeping tabs on the the NET rankings after my Wednesday rant and in Lauren’s post — WHICH YOU SHOULD READ — this win brought Mizzou up two spots, to No. 42 [long dramatic sigh], while it took Auburn down one spot from 86 to 87. This is considered Mizzou’s second-best home win of the season, rankings-wise. The NET is stupid, y’all.
ON TO THE LINKS. But first, watch this.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Lauren previewed the Auburn Tigers matchup, and then also ran the Live Game Thread along with it.
- Lauren also ranted about how Mizzou should be ranked. I provided some help with this, and it was SO MUCH FUN to put together.
- Aaron wrote about the returners and newcomers at the quarterback position for the 2022 Tigers.
- Benjamin Hochman of the St Louis Post-Dispatch talked with Mizzou hero Lauren Hansen about how missing the game-winning shot against Baylor prepared her for making the game-winning shot against South Carolina. Really cool story; check it out.
- The Tribune’s Chris Kwiecinski looked at what we learned from Mizzou women’s basketball’s 72-63 overtime win over Auburn, while Eric Blum previewed the game, writing how Mizzou women’s basketball hopes to show growth and avoid letdown against Auburn.
- The KC Star’s Lila Bromberg wrote about Mizzou women’s basketball win over Auburn in overtime as Aijha Blackwell returns. Speaking of Lila, LOVE this quote she shared from Coach P’s media availability:
During availability yesterday, I asked Robin Pingeton about the challenge Mizzou women's basketball faces vs Auburn tonight after COVID issues limited the team to just one practice.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 6, 2022
I love when coaches share the mindset of their team in detail like this. Some great stuff here. pic.twitter.com/gJ7xACUtN8
- Shannon Belt of the Columbia Missourian wrote about Mizzou’s second OT, which was a second win, as MU women’s basketball outlasted Auburn, while Nate Marcus focused on the Tigers’ defensive effort in the win. Oh, and Matt Brolley looked at Mizzou Men’s Hoops’ upcoming matchup with No. 15 Alabama, which is Saturday afternoon.
- On MUTIgers.com: Williams Leads Tigers to OT Win, Blackwell Reaches 1,000 Points
- A Women’s Hoops recap AND a Bachelor recap?!? My two worlds collide! Check out a new episode of the Columbia Tribune’s Inside Mizzou Sports Podcast.
PODCAST: Here's the latest episode of the #Mizzou Sports Podcast. @OchoK_ and I break down Missouri women's basketball's win over No. 1 South Carolina and what it could mean heading into the rest of 2022. @not_gabriela stops by to give a Bachelor recap. https://t.co/8udBm0R9GC— Eric Blum (@ByEricBlum) January 6, 2022
- Columbia Tribune: Per Eric Blum, Mizzou quarterback Connor Bazelak finds a new home; All-SEC freshman Mekhi Wingo to transfer. And per Chris K, Mizzou DL Akial Byers declares for the 2022 NFL Draft.
- Kansas City Star: Per Lila, Missouri Tigers football to lose star freshman defensive tackle in transfer portal, and Former Mizzou QB Connor Bazelak will play for Indiana Hoosiers.
- Dave Matter wrote about all the goings in Mizzou Football for the St Louis Post-Dispatch: : Former Mizzou QB Bazelak picks Indiana. Here’s the latest transfer blow to Mizzou roster: Mekhi Wingo plans to enter portal. He also posted a video with BenFred, asking if Mizzou should go transfer quarterback hunting. Check it out.
- PowerMizzou: In lieu of all the madness, Gabe published a new copy of the unofficial s holly chart. And while you’re on the site, catch up on Mitchell Forde’s position resets— Tight End / Wide Receivers.
- Well, this is cool, Coach Luper!
Top 50 Running Back Coaches Of The 2021 Season pic.twitter.com/1dDT09rE3r— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) January 6, 2022
Crootin’ and Transferrin’ Social Media Stuff
- In a wild punch-you-in-the-gut-and-knock-the-wind-outta-you kinda way, Mekhi Wingo announced he is transferring from Mizzou. The same Mekhi who on December 25 said he couldn’t wait til next season. The same Mekhi who made the All-Freshman team. This one is sad, y’all. We here at Rock M did NOT see this one coming. Best of luck, sir….
Freshman DT Mekhi Wingo intends to transfer from #Mizzou. He is n yet officially in the portal.— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) January 6, 2022
- Akial Byers, who we believe has run out of eligibility, has declared for the NFL. Best of luck, Akial. Enjoyed watching you in the black + gold, and hopefully we’ll see you at the next level.
- Connor Bazelak has announced his new destination: Indiana University. Fun Fact: Once upon a time, this was where I really, really really wanted to go to school and swim. Best of luck in the Big Ten, Baze.
- “Hmmmm….”, tweeted Matthew J Harris when this popped up.
Other Mizzou Sports
- Read Dave Matter’s newest chat at STL Today… if you’re a subscriber.
- No. 16 Mizzou Gymnastics opens their season TONIGHT at Hearnes, per MUTigers.com. Remember Helen Hu? The freshman phenom who won basically every Freshman of the Week award a few years ago? Well, she’s BACKKKKKK from the injury that kept her out all last season. A couple things to note, per MUTigers.com:
This season marks the third-consecutive year the Tigers have been ranked 16 in the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association going into the season. This also marks the sixth-consecutive season, Mizzou was selected in the top 20.
After earning its highest-ever Southeastern Conference Championship score, the Tigers look to continue their success.
The freshman class represents the nation’s fourth-ranked recruiting class.
- It’s Senior Day on Saturday for Mizzou Swim & Dive. The No. 9 / 18 ranked squads will take on Louisville at 11am, and honor their 17 (!!!) seniors before the meet. Of note at MUTigers.com on how the season is going so far, times-wise:
TEN individual Tigers have times ranked in the top-25 in the nation. Senior Danny Kovac has four top-10 times, including the nation’s second fastest time in the 200 fly. For the women, senior Sarah Thompson also has four top-ten times.
- Looks like soccer has picked up a commit, though we’ll have to wait and see who it is. Good work, coach!
- The Missourian’s Anthony Kristensen reported on MU Diver Carlo Lopez’s fourth place finish in platform as the Tennessee Invite wraps up. You can read more at MUTigers.com.
Mizzou in the Pros
- In DRUUUUUUUUUU’s first game back with the SkyForce after a very long layoff, he started the game, but was largely unproductive (sad face). In his 23 minutes, he scored only 4 points on 1-8 shooting (0-3 from three), with 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 TO, and 6 (?) fouls. Weirdly enough, despite what looked like a disappointing performance stats-wise, Dru was one of only TWO SkyForce players in the + of the +/-. He was a +2. So, congrats?
- JC and the Fightin Quin Snyders faced off against a still MPJ-less Nuggets squad on Wednesday night and were victorious, winning 115-109. In his 31 minutes, Clarkson had 13 points on 5-13 shooting (3-8 from three), with 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 TO, and 5 fouls. He was +3 on the night.
Side note: I was today years old when I learned that the NBA allows 6 fouls. Hmmmm…. Apologies for my ignorance. Also, that means Tilly has yet to foul out in the professional ranks. So proud of him [wipes tear]
- Former Mizzou golfer Hayden Buckley will be competing in the Sony Open next week.
Hayden Buckley will be competing in the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan 13-16th.— Hayden Buckley Update (@BuckleyUpdate) January 6, 2022
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years! pic.twitter.com/PL8MQ0IKWt
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