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Women’s Basketball Opens SEC Play at No. 7 LSU

Grace Slaughter, Hilke Feldrappe

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Women’s Basketball opens Southeastern Conference play against defending national champion LSU at 8 p.m. Thursday on SEC Network.

The Tigers wrapped up non-conference play with a 9-4 record following a victory over Kansas City on Dec. 21.

Freshman forward Hannah Linthacum led Missouri with a career-high 20 points against the in-state opponent. Mizzou is 4-1 with Linthacum in the starting lineup this season.

Senior forward Hayley Frank headlines Mizzou’s offensive production with 16.2 points per game. Frank currently ranks sixth on the program’s all-time scoring leaderboard. She stands 35 points shy of Sharon Farrah (1975-79) for fifth.

Mizzou point guard Mama Dembele looks to continue her strong play into the conference portion. Dembele ranks first in the SEC with 6.6 assists per game (tied for tenth nationally) and second in the conference with 3.4 steals (eighth nationally).

Sophomore Ashton Judd and freshman Grace Slaughter average 14.4 points and 11.3 points per contest to round out Missouri’s top scoring.

Mizzou has displayed has generated a large portion of its offense from beyond the arc this season. The Black and Gold rank 29th nationally in 3-point percentage at 37.2% and 22nd in the country with 9.0 makes per contest.

No. 7 LSU enters Thursday with a 13-1 record. The program is on a 13-game win streak following a season-opening loss to Colorado.

In her third season in Baton Rouge, Kim Mulkey boasts a 73-9 record on the sidelines.

Headlined by Angel Reese at 19.6 points per game, LSU has five players averaging double digits in the scoring column this year.

Following the title run, LSU added Louisville transfer Hailey Van Lith and DePaul transfer Aneesah Morrow who are contributing 12.1 and 18.4 points per game, respectively.

LSU leads the all-time series between the programs 13-4 after earning a win in the team’s only meeting a season ago.

Missouri is 6-5 all-time in SEC openers since joining the conference prior to the 2012-13 season.


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