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Missouri women's basketball team rolls in season opener

Sunday, November 15, 2009 | 7:39 p.m. CST; updated 9:27 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 15, 2009
Missouri senior forward Amanda Hanneman tries to go around Northern Iowa's Kim Wypiszynski on Sunday during the Tigers' regular season opener at Mizzou Arena.

COLUMBIA — Nothing came easy for the Missouri women’s basketball team last season. The Tigers struggled early on, losing four of their first five games.

Lucky for them, it’s a new season.

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The Tigers blasted Northern Iowa 74-57 on Sunday night at Mizzou Arena in their regular season opener.

Cindy Stein said, “I’m very pleased with the first half. I’m pleased with the game, but especially the first half. I think that’s what we’re very capable of doing.”

Here are some interesting facts about Sunday night’s match-up.

  • Senior Amanda Hanneman’s 26 points were a career high for a regular season game. Hanneman, whose previous career high was 18, hit six three-pointers. Coach Cindy Stein might have found the person to replace last year’s leading scorer, Alyssa Hollins, who graduated.
  • The Tigers began the game on a 29-7 run. Hitting six three-pointers in the first half, the Tigers pounded the Panthers to a 41-16 lead at the break.
  • The Panthers outscored the Tigers 39-33 in the second half.  Stein said, “I felt like we really relaxed (in the second half).”
  • Missouri committed only six turnovers.  Meanwhile, they forced 20 turnovers. After losing point guard Bekah Mills to a torn ACL on the first day of practice, ball control has been a concern for the Tigers, especially after committing 19 turnovers in its exhibition game against Central Missouri. So far, so good.
  • Nine Tigers scored points, including three in double figures. Depth could be a key aspect of this year’s Tigers team.
  • Northern Iowa coach Tanya Warren was an assistant under Stein from 2001-2004. During Warren’s time in Columbia, she served as the recruiting coordinator for the program. After the game, Warren said Stein is one of her best friends and has been a “mentor” to her.
  • Men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson attended Sunday’s game. Anderson, who could have left for more money after last season’s remarkable NCAA tournament run, continues to show his loyalty to Missouri.
  • Northern Iowa was clearly outmatched by the Tigers.  The Panthers struggled last season, finishing 11-19.  Perhaps the Panthers could have used a pep talk from Northern Iowa alum and NFL star Kurt Warner.

What’s next?

The Tigers play at home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against Memphis at Mizzou Arena.

 


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