COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Mizzou women's basketball team will make the trip back down to Alabama to meet the Crimson Tide, just days after recording a gritty win against Auburn.
With MU's win over the other SEC Tigers, head coach Robin Pingeton and company improved to 13-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. Despite that mark, the team did not receive any votes in the AP Poll.
"We just really got our blinders on and we're about being where our feet are today in practice and taking it one game at a time," Pingeton said. "We know what we want March 13th to look like, we've talked about that a lot. But, it's your body of work and every game is one opportunity to make a mark on your resume. So, we're not going to get too high and we're not gonna get too low. We're gonna try and stay present and just really focus on the things that we can control."
Pingeton said the win over Auburn was not MU's prettiest game of all time, but sometimes the physicality is what gets it done in the SEC.
Guard Mama Dembele did not start in the win against Auburn, since she had just arrived to the team hotel hours before. Dembele got caught up in the flight problems that swept the country, as she was home, in Spain, for her Christmas break.
She played 14 minutes on Sunday, scoring two points off of one steal and two assists.
"It was really difficult, especially because I didn't really have control over anything and I just didn't know what was going to happen," Dembele said. "I was sad because I love this team and I just wanted to be there for them."
It has not been announced yet if Dembele will be in the starting line up against the Crimson Tide or not.
The Tigers tip off against Alabama at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.