Robin Pingeton’s Missouri Tigers are hosting the top ranked team in the nation. The South Carolina Gamecocks coming into Thursday night’s game undefeated. The Tigers haven’t faced a No. 1-ranked opponent since the 2011-12 season. No. 1 Baylor came to Mizzou Arena on Feb. 2, 2012 taking home a win over the Tigers.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
South Carolina has three players averaging double-figure scoring numbers so far this year. Tiffany Mitchell leads the team and is fifth in the SEC with her 14.8 points per game. Freshman A’ja Wilson averages 13.9 points per game followed by 11.1 points per game by Alaina Coates. Coates also leads the team in rebounding, grabbing just over eight boards per game.
In 16 games this season the Tigers have allowed just two teams to shoot better than 40-percent in a game. In fact, the Tigers have limited opponents to less than 37-percent shooting in 13 of 17 games, winning 11 of those 13 contests. Mizzou has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 40-percent in eight consecutive games with the high-water mark in that span coming from Georgia, which shot 37.1-percent.
Jordan Frericks sits at No. 51 in the nation for her rebounding numbers so far this season. Not only that, but the Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 8.0 rebounds per game, good for 27th in the nation.
Fans who wear gold to Thursday’s game vs. South Carolina will receive $2 admission.