Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton is not satisfied with her team's play.
"I want more. We're not gonna let up on these girls," Pingeton said. "We just have to stay on course."
Missouri Tigers (4-4) vs.
University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (3-6)
WHEN: Noon, Saturday
WHERE: Mizzou Arena
RADIO: KTGR 1580 FM/100.5 FM
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
The Tigers have their next chance to give Pingeton more at noon on Saturday, when they host the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos at Mizzou Arena. Missouri (4-4) is coming off a win over Tennessee-Martin on Monday.
Sophomore guard Sydney Crafton showed potential to continue her recent role in the starting line up. With a knee injury keeping red-shirt junior guard Bekah Mills out for the season, Crafton has seen more playing time, which she used to earn her first career double-double Monday, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
"There's definitely some growth, but there's still a lot of things that are really unacceptable right now," Pingeton said. "I feel like our biggest Achilles heal right now is just having that right mentality, just about believing in ourselves, about believing in each other."
The Tigers found the right mentality on the defensive side of the ball Monday against Tennessee-Martin, when they held the Skyhawks to just 30 points.
"I think we're making it hard on teams from a defensive standpoint," Pingeton said. "We gave up a few more offensive rebounds than I would have liked, but I thought defensively, the girls are doing a good job staying locked-in and focused."
However, the same could not be said for the Missouri offense, according to Pingeton. She blames this on inexperience and a lack of playing time. The Tigers had six players receive at least 10 minutes of playing time against Tennessee-Martin. On the other side of the court, UMKC coach Candice Whitaker will rely on strong bench play to compete with Missouri. The Roos' bench has outscored the opposing bench in all but two games this season.
Missouri holds a 10-1 record over UMKC. The last time the Roos beat the Tigers was November 1991. The last match up in 2007 equaled a narrow overtime victory for Missouri, 75-73.
UMKC (3-6) is carrying a four-game losing streak to Columbia, having suffered its past two defeats to conference opponents in the Summit League. Junior guard Dayon Hall-Jones will look to add to her 13.9 points-per-game average, a team-high for UMKC. She will have the help of another junior guard, Brianna Eldridge, who returned to the Roos' lineup Monday after sitting out the first seven games with an ankle injury.
Pingeton and the Tigers will look to carry momentum gained in their decisive victory over Tennessee-Martin into Saturday.
"We need to continue to instill confidence," Pingeton said. "That's just something that doesn't happen overnight."