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Women’s Basketball Travels to Face Kentucky

Mama Dembele

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Women’s Basketball travels to face Kentucky at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday. The contest will be broadcast on SECN+.

Missouri enters the game on a two-game conference winning streak with victories over Vanderbilt and Georgia.

Senior forward Hayley Frank led the Tigers past the Bulldogs with 24 points and five assists. Frank currently ranks fifth on Missouri’s all-time scoring leaderboard and stands 46 points behind Julie Helm (1996-00) for fourth.

Grace Slaughter scored 16 points against Georgia and ranks third among SEC freshmen in scoring at 11.4 points per game. Slaughter (42.9%) and freshman Abbey Schreacke (41.4%) rank 5th and 6th respectively in the SEC in 3-point percentage.

Senior point guard Mama Dembele currently ranks first in the SEC with 7.0 assists per game (T3rd nationally) and second in the conference with 3.4 steals (7th nationally). Dembele is 13 assists shy of passing Sophie Cunningham (15-19) for fourth on Mizzou’s all-time leaderboard.

Missouri generates much of its offense from beyond the arc, ranks second in the SEC (28th nationally) in 3-point percentage (36.6%)  and 19th in the country (2nd in SEC) with 8.8 makes per contest.

Kentucky enters Sunday on the three-game losing skid following a loss to No. 1 South Carolina on Thursday.

The Wildcats are coached by Kyra Elzy who is in her fourth season on the sideline with a 57-50 overall record. Elzy led Kentucky to a quarterfinal appearance in the SEC tournament a season ago.

The Wildcats roster is headlined by Ajae Petty and Maddie Scherr who average 15.7 and 14.5 points per game, respectively.

Petty is second in the conference and fifth in the nation with 197 rebounds on the year, while Scherr has scored in double-figures in 11-of-14 games this season.

Kentucky leads the all-time series between the programs 11-5. The Tigers have dropped all seven contests in Lexington.

Due to renovations in Memorial Coliseum, the game will be played at Rupp Arena. It is the first time Missouri has played in the venue in program history.


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