COLUMBIA — With just more than nine minutes to play in the first half of Thursday's win against No. 25 Georgia, Morgan Eye broke a record.
The junior guard took a few steps toward the basket, then cut back out behind the arc, creating just enough space between her and her defender. Eye received a pass from teammate Bri Kulas. Without hesitation, Eye jumped and released the basketball.
Career 3-pointer No. 227, a Missouri record, fell through the hoop as Eye brought Missouri within seven points of Georgia midway through the first half. Eye made only one other shot in the game: career 3-pointer No. 228.
"It's very exciting," Eye said after the game. "It wouldn't have meant as much, I don't think, without the win, so it makes it feel extra good."
Alyssa Hollins, who played at Missouri from 2005 to 2009, previously held the record with 226 career 3-pointers. As a freshman, Eye attended a basketball camp with Hollins, but the two players never spoke with each other.
Eye is no stranger in the Missouri women's basketball record book. She set the record for most 3-pointers made in one game (11) and most 3-pointers attempted in one game (18) in Missouri's win against Auburn last season. Eye also set records for 3-pointers made in one season (112) and 3-pointers attempted in one season (269) during the 2012-13 season.
"I don't know if I've ever been around a kid that gets up as many shots as she does outside of practice," Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said last month after a game against Belmont in which Eye connected for four 3-pointers. "She's worked very hard to get where she's at."
Hollins still holds the record for attempted 3-pointers (637), but after Thursday's game, Eye is within 74 attempts, a record the junior will most likely break this year.
And she'll certainly have the freedom to continue firing.
"A big part of it is because of my coaches and my teammates, you know, having the confidence in me to shoot the ball, have the green light to shoot the ball and just my teammates continually screening for me, passing me the ball," Eye said. "So, I think, big thank-yous for them."
Mark Selig is supervising editor.