COLUMBIA — When Morgan and Maddie Stock started looking at colleges to play basketball, the guards needed to make sure one thing was known.
They came as a package deal.
Missouri Tigers vs. UMKC Kangaroos
Where: Mizzou Arena
When: 7 p.m.
Radio: KTGR 100.5 FM, 103.1 FM and 1580 AM
“That’s one thing we knew for sure,” Missouri sophomore Morgan Stock said. “We were like, ‘We’re going together.’”
“There were definitely some (teams) that wanted her and some that wanted me,” Maddie Stock said. “But then we were like, ‘Sorry, we’re together.’”
The twin sisters from Town and Country grew up with the same group of friends and always did everything together. Morgan sees their relationship like that of best friends. Maddie sees their relationship as “best friends times 10.”
But even best friends have their disagreements.
Ask the sophomore guards about their one-on-one games when they were younger, and the two differ in their responses.
“We used to play one-on-one when we were little. I always won, so it wasn’t that big of a deal,” Morgan Stock said. “But we would start fighting, and then my dad said we weren’t allowed to play one-on-one anymore.”
Maddie Stock remembers things differently.
“Well, of course, she’ll say that, but, no,” Maddie Stock said with a laugh. “No. Actually, I feel like when we were little we never got to actually finish the games because we’d get so mad at each other. But I’m sure I was winning before we quit.”
While their one-on-one games got heated back in the day, the two always played on the same team growing up. They both admit it was, and still is, easy for coaches to get them mixed up since they look so much alike and both wear their hair the same style. Sometimes their similarities worked to the team’s advantage.
“It was always fun when I played with her and the other team would get confused,” Morgan Stock said. “I would have two defenders on me 'cause they thought I was both their man and Maddie was just wide open for a shot.”
Both Morgan and Maddie Stock contribute off the Missouri bench that has outscored opponents' benches in all five games this season. Morgan has scored a career-high 15 points in two games this season, most recently against Evansville on Nov. 14.
“She’s (Morgan) got a lot of offensive firepower; they both do,” coach Robin Pingeton said. “They both got quick releases from the three. I think every game that they’ve been here at Mizzou, they’re getting better defensively, understanding terminology and understanding our system a little bit better.”
In Missouri’s game against UT-Martin on Saturday, Morgan and Maddie Stock combined for five of the team’s 15 3-pointers. When it comes to playing together, the two agree it is fun.
“I know exactly what she’s gonna do, what she wants to do. She knows the same with me,” Maddie Stock said. “We’re just so comfortable with each other when we play. We can play better together.”
“I love it,” Morgan Stock said. “I feel confident when she’s out there because she knows what I can do and I know what she can do. It's just fun.”
The Stock sisters and the rest of the Tigers take on UMKC at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Admission is free with the donation of two canned food items to benefit Tiger Pantry.
Forward named SEC Co-Player of the Week
Missouri forward Bri Kulas earned Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday. The honor comes after the senior recorded a career-high 27 points against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 21.
Kulas helped secure the comeback win over UT-Martin on Saturday with her two last-second free throws. While Kulas doesn’t like to focus on points, she is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points per game this season.
Missouri travels to Florida on Wednesday for the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. The Tigers are scheduled to face Hartford on Friday and either St. Francis (NY) or Miami on Saturday.
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