Missouri women's basketball to finish regular season at Arkansas

Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:41 p.m. CST; updated 11:31 a.m. CST, Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Missouri women's basketball team looks for revenge when the Tigers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.

The Razorbacks took advantage of the Tigers' offensive struggles in the Jan. 5 matchup between the two teams at Mizzou Arena, winning 69-66. Missouri will likely need to limit its turnovers and improve its shooting percentage to beat Arkansas on its home court.

Sunday's game

Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.

When: 2 p.m.

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Sunday's 2 p.m. game will be Missouri's last regular-season game. The Tigers have a 3-4 record on the road in Southeastern Conference play.

Missouri averages 70.3 points per game, and Arkansas (18-10, 5-10 SEC) ranks second in the nation, allowing just 53.2 points per game to opponents. Missouri (17-11, 6-9 SEC) and Arkansas rank first and second in the conference in 3-pointers made per game.

Arkansas is coming into Sunday's game after losing 77-54 at No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday. Missouri looks to continue its winning ways after its 75-72 victory against Ole Miss on Thursday.

Arkansas holds a 4-8 all-time series record against Missouri.

While Missouri opened the season with a win at Ole Miss, the 85 points Missouri scored are still the most the Tigers have produced on the road in SEC play all season.

Missouri lost its next four road games, two of which came against ranked teams. The Tigers struggled offensively against eventual regular season champion South Carolina — the Gamecocks have already clinched the top spot — and turnovers cost Missouri a win against then-No. 16 LSU. Missouri has focused on controlling turnovers all season but has struggled to keep those numbers low. In those two losses, Missouri combined for 40 turnovers. 

Missouri now averages 16.5 turnovers per game. At the beginning of the season, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton wanted her team to aim for fewer than 12 turnovers per game. If the Tigers can get in a rhythm offensively, the turnovers don't seem as costly.

The Tigers combined for 41 turnovers in their next two road wins against Auburn and Florida. However, Missouri received an offensive spark after Pingeton changed her starting lineup against Auburn, starting freshmen Sierra Michaelis and Kayla McDowell.

Neither team shot exceptionally well in Missouri's loss to Arkansas earlier this season. Arkansas had the nation's best defense at the time, holding Missouri to 26.9 percent shooting in the first half. Missouri had only nine turnovers in that game, but Missouri's hot shooting in the second half wasn't enough to overcome the three-point halftime deficit.

Thursday’s win against Ole Miss gave Missouri win No. 17, last season's win total. With a win against Arkansas, the Tigers would have their most wins since the 2005-06 season when the team finished 21-10.

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