Missouri women set to host WNIT game

The Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team will make its first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 season tonight when it hosts Eastern Illinois in a WNIT game at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers (17-14) and Panthers (19-11) will tip at 7 p.m.

The 17 wins for Missouri are the most since that 2006-07 season. The Tigers last had 18 wins in the 2005-06 season. The Tigers are 14-4 in home games this season.

Bri Kulas leads the Tigers, who are 2-6 in their last eight games, in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (6.5) this season. Morgan Eye is next at 12.3, including a 109-of-264 performance on 3-pointers. Sydney Crafton (Jefferson City High School) is totaling 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Ta’Kenya Nixon paces the Panthers, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, at 14.6 points per game, closely followed by Mariah King (14.0). Eastern Illinois, which has lost its last three games, is 0-4 all-time in postseason games. That includes an 85-71 loss to Texas Tech in the WNIT last season.

The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Panthers either 8-1 (via Missouri) or 7-1 (from Eastern Illinois). The two teams last met Dec. 7, 2011, with Missouri taking a 56-54 decision at home.

The Missouri-Eastern Illinois winner will face the winner of Thursday night’s game between Illinois and Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the 64-team event. The game would be played Saturday, Sunday or Monday at a site to be determined.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for those age 18 and under. Seating is general admission.

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