Thanks to the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, the Missouri women's basketball team's welcome to the Southeastern Conference wasn't very warm.
Playing their first game in the new conference, the Tigers (11-4, 0-1 SEC) were easily defeated in a 77-46 blowout Thursday in Athens, Ga.
Missouri (11-4, 0-1) vs. Auburn (12-2, 1-0)
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Mizzou Arena
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
RADIO: KTGR/100.5 and 103.1 FM, Sirius 113, XM 199
The first 1,000 fans at the game will receive a free SEC Inaugural Season T-shirt.
Missouri will have a chance to get back on track Sunday, when it welcomes Auburn for its first home matchup in the SEC.
Missouri has lost both of its games since its Christmas break, and things don't figure to get any easier over the next few games.
Auburn (12-2, 1-0 SEC) is unranked but is on a nine-game winning streak, having just beat No. 23 Arkansas for the school's first victory over a ranked opponent in two years.
After that, Missouri will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face No. 12 Tennessee, and will return home to play No. 6 Kentucky next weekend.
On the positive side, the young Missouri team is a perfect 10-0 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers still lead the country in 3-pointers per game with 9.5, and they lead the SEC in defensive rebounding.
The Tigers will continue to look to junior transfer Bri Kulas, who leads the team with 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She led the team with 14 points in the loss at Georgia.
Sunday's game against Auburn will tip off at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mizzou Arena.