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Missouri women's basketball's Bri Kulas named to AP All-SEC second team

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 8:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Bri Kulas, a senior forward on the Missouri women's basketball team, was one of five Southeastern Conference players named to The Associated Press All-SEC second team on Tuesday.

Kulas was voted to the coaches' All-SEC first team March 4.

"I think Bri has had a tremendous year, and I'm really, really happy for her," Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. "When you look at just the caliber of players that are on that first team, second team, it's a pretty unique group. It's future WNBA players, some future Olympians."

This season, her 18.6 points per game ranks second among all SEC scorers, behind only Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie's 19.1 average. 

Kulas, one of three captains on the team, has been the inexperienced Tigers' leader throughout the season. After senior forward Tania Jackson went down with a knee injury in early January, Kulas has been Missouri's lone senior suiting up for competition.

Kulas' versatility on offense created issues for SEC foes throughout the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-foot-1-inch forward creates her own shots with dribble penetration, and she added a new dimension to her game this season with an outside shot. Her 1.8 3-point field goals per game ranks sixth in the conference. She shoots an efficient 41.4 percent from outside.

Kulas took advantage of free throw opportunities this season by shooting 83.7 percent on free throws, which was good for second in the SEC.

Kulas was the only Missouri player honored by the AP on Tuesday.

Missouri accepted a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday night.

Kulas sits just 21 points away from 1,000 career points at Missouri. She will look to reach that Thursday when the Tigers travel to D.J. Sokol Arena to face Creighton (19-13) at 7 p.m. in their opening-round match of the WNIT.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.


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