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Update: Missouri women's basketball players arrested

Saturday, December 12, 2009 | 8:18 p.m. CST; updated 1:19 a.m. CST, Sunday, December 13, 2009

COLUMBIA — Two Missouri women’s basketball players were arrested Friday morning for allegedly assaulting a male cheerleader. The pair was "indefinitely suspended" from the team later Friday.

The Tigers' leading scorers, Amanda Hanneman and Jessra Johnson, were arrested by Columbia police on suspicion of third-degree assault early Friday morning. Both were released on $500 bond.

The incident occurred just hours after Missouri's 83-34 victory over Texas-Pan American on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Around 2 a.m. Friday, police were called to an apartment at 36 N. Cedar Lake Drive in response to a noise complaint by a 21-year-old male, according to Columbia police Sgt. Will Green. According to media reports and social networking posts, the victim is a male cheerleader for Missouri.

The victim reported being shoved and punched by Hanneman and Johnson. After the altercation, the two fled the scene and were arrested nearly 30 minutes later at 1201 Grindstone Parkway. 

Kate Lakin, assistant director of media relations for the Missouri women's basketball team, said Friday night Hanneman and Johnson have been "suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team policy."

According to a message posted on Hanneman's twitter account, the two will continue to practice with the team.

This season, Johnson has scored 14.1 points a game and Hanneman averages 13.3.

Hanneman, a senior from Blue Springs, is seventh in the nation with 3.7 three-point field goals per game. Injury plagued for most of her career at Missouri, Hanneman only averaged 4 points per game in her first three seasons. She has blossomed as a star for the Tigers this season, helping Missouri to a 6-2 record, its best since 2006-2007.

Johnson, a senior from Fayette, became the 27th player at Missouri to reach 1,000 points when she accomplished the feat Tuesday night against Bradley. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Johnson posts a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game.

The Tigers play Murray State at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Spirit squads coach Suzy Thompson refused to comment. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to reach Missouri women's basketball coach Cindy Stein.


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