Missouri women's basketball hopes to improve defense against Bradley

Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 7:54 p.m. CST; updated 6:51 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 12, 2013

*CORRECTION: The Missouri game against Bradley is Sunday. The day was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

COLUMBIA – The Missouri women’s basketball team finishes a busy sports weekend in Columbia when the Tigers play the Bradley University Braves at 2 p.m. Sunday* at Mizzou Arena. Missouri is 8-1 this season and is 8-2 all-time against Bradley.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but with other Missouri athletics events Saturday, the game was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Missouri returns to action after a dominating performance against Oral Roberts on Wednesday. The Tigers won 86-64 thanks to their success from behind the three-point arc.

Sophomores Morgan and Maddie Stock and junior Morgan Eye made 15 of the team’s 17 3-pointers. Eye led all scorers with 17 points.

Coach Robin Pingeton was pleased with the unselfish play. Missouri totaled 24 assists, 8 courtesy of sophomore point guard Lianna Doty.

Despite the offensive success, Pingeton still has concerns about her team’s defense.

“That’s one of my biggest concerns, just our ability to contain off the bounce,” Pingeton said after Wednesday’s game. “Our rotations defensively, our communication on some screen action not allowing second shot opportunities. It’s a big concern of mine.”

Pingeton would also like to see her team get to the free throw line more. As a team, Missouri aims for 80 percent free-throw shooting percentage in practices and in games. Missouri currently leads the Southeastern Conference with a 79.7 free throw shooting percentage.

“We’d love to get there more often,” Pingeton said. “I think we’ve got great free throw shooters and we’ve got to have an attack mentality.”

Missouri will have the week off for finals before hosting Belmont University at Mizzou Arena on Dec. 16.

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