When the senior transferred to Missouri, she found herself riding the bench. After a year of waiting, Smith has grown into her role, becoming a key player for the undersized Tigers.
The Tigers are 0-5 on the road, even after injury issues have faded, and 14-0 at home.
Peeler, who is currently an assistant coach at Division II Virginia Union University, has always wanted to coach for Missouri.
This is the first time Missouri has been unranked in the AP poll since the final poll of the 2010-2011 season.
Missouri lost to Mississippi State 61-56 after beating No. 9 Tennessee a week prior by a 17-point margin.
This week in Missouri sports, both men's and women's basketball went 1-1 in conference play. Both teams nabbed successful home games over teams who've beaten them on the road earlier in the season.
A week after upsetting Tennessee, the Missouri women's basketball team hosted Mississippi State, a team with a 2-7 record in conference play. But the Bulldogs were able to take away the Tigers' greatest weapon by holding them to 3 of 20 from 3-point range, and Missouri lost 61-56.
Missouri continued its home-winning streak with a 98-79 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.
The Missouri women's basketball team's win over No. 9 Tennessee breeds hope for postseason opportunities.
The Tigers lost in Oxford, Miss., 64-49 last month. But on Saturday, the rematch will be played at Mizzou Arena, where No. 21 Missouri is 13-0 this season.
With important wins over Florida and Tennessee last week, the Missouri women's basketball team has renewed hope of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2007.
The Tigers moved ahead 68-67 on a Laurence Bowers 3-pointer with 55 seconds to go, but after forcing a Texas A&M turnover, an errant Phil Pressey pass went sailing out of bounds.
The No. 1-ranked Cougars overcame a rough start to defeat Benedictine University 60-41 and win its 25th consecutive game.
Tim Fuller, the Tigers' associate head coach, helped recruit all but two of the Missouri men's basketball players since head coach Frank Haith arrived.
Missouri's season has not been terrible with the Tigers ranked No. 21 at 16-5. But the team has run into setbacks, from a number of injuries to key players to the inability to win on the road.
The NCAA expects to receive the final report into possible NCAA violations involving Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith by the end of the week, NCAA vice president of communications, Bob Williams, said.
By the time the Tigers return from the locker room after playing badly in the first half, Missouri coach Frank Haith's jacket and tie are long gone.
The Tigers' 80-63 upset victory over No. 9 Tennessee on Sunday gives them a 15-8 record and an opportunity to reach the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Missouri (No. 21) and Florida (No. 2) are now the only ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference.
After the Tigers defeated Florida and No. 9 Tennessee, Missouri women's basketball freshman point guard Lianna Doty claimed Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors.