The Missouri Tigers are looking to get out of the cellar in the SEC women’s basketball standings.
The Tigers (11-12, 2-8 Southeastern Conference) have found themselves at the bottom of the conference standings after dropping five consecutive games, including an 83-45 loss Thursday to the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks.
They will try to snap that streak at 1 p.m. today when they host the Auburn Tigers (14-8, 3-6) at Mizzou Arena (SEC Network).
Missouri was without leading scorer and rebounder Hayley Frank for its second consecutive game Thursday. Frank has been listed day-to-day since missing last Sunday’s game at Tennessee with an undisclosed injury.
The fifth-year senior leads the Tigers with 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest and ranks fourth all time on Missouri’s career scoring list with 1,942 points. The forward is 177 points behind Renee Kelly for third.
In her absence, sophomore guard Ashton Judd led the Tigers with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Judd has recorded six double-doubles in her second season in which she has averaged 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for second on the Tigers in both categories.
Freshman guard Grace Slaughter added 12 points for Missouri against the Gamecocks, leading to her 11.6 points per game with 3.2 rebounds per contest. Slaughter is third in scoring among first-year SEC players.
Freshman guard Abbey Schreacke added 12 points off the bench for Missouri, bringing her average to 7.6 points per game.
Mama Dembele adds 9.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game to the Tigers’ production. The senior guard is first in the SEC and fourth nationally in assists and second in the conference with 3.1 steals per game. She is fourth an the Missouri all-time assist leaderboard with 405 in her career.
Missouri scores 72.2 points per game and allows 70.0, while Auburn scores 66.5 and allows only 57.5.
Auburn enters on a two-game skid after losing 74-72 against Arkansas last Sunday.
Graduate guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (5-foot-9) led Auburn with 27 points against the Razorbacks, while senior forward Taylen Collins (6-1) added a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Celia Sumbane (6-2) scored 10 points in the loss.
Scott-Grayson is the only Auburn player averaging double figures with 17.4 points per game. Collins leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest and graduate guard JaMya Mingo-Young (5-8) adds 3.7 assists per contest.
Missouri leads the all-time series 10-6 with an undefeated mark of 5-0 at Mizzou Arena. Missouri won last year’s matchup 62-56.