Mizzou misses the NCAA Women’s Tournament | Mizzou Sports News


COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri women’s basketball team lived dangerously in the NCAA bubble the final month of the regular season and missed the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. The 68-team field was unveiled on Sunday evening.

Coach Robin Pingeton’s (18-12) Tigers have won as many games this year as the past two seasons combined, but have lost six of eight and cast doubt on their chances of making the NCAA Tournament with a ninth place in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers lost to Arkansas in their SEC tournament opener to wait a long time until Sunday’s NCAA draw is revealed.

Mizzou, one of only two teams to beat No. 1 South Carolina this season, finished No. 49 in the NCAA NET rankings that are used to help shape the 68-team field.

Mizzou is one of 30 automatic qualifiers for the 64-team Women’s NIT. The installment will be released Monday at 1 p.m. (St. Louis time). The Tigers played in the WNIT last year, going 0-2 against Fresno State and Arizona State.

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The Tigers were hoping to return to the NCAA pool for the first time since making four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2016 to 2019, during Sophie Cunningham’s record-breaking career. Those four years remain Pingeton’s only NCAA appearances during his 12 seasons at Mizzou. Pingeton was not made available for comment on Sunday.

Going forward, MU’s most interesting story angle may be Aijah Blackwell’s role in the playoffs.

The St. Louis junior earned second-team All-SEC honors while leading the conference in rebounds, but missed three of four games late in the season. She and two freshman teammates missed two games after being cited for possession of marijuana on campus, then once reinstated for the SEC Tournament, she played just 11 minutes off the bench against Arkansas and did not go down during the overtime period at the SEC Tournament.

She will enter the WNIT second on the team in points (14.9) and first in the SEC in rebounds per game (13.1).

Missouri State on NCAA Field

Missouri State (24-7) earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and will face Florida State in a first-four round game Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The winner will be the No. 11 seed and will face No. 6 seed Ohio State on Saturday. In December, Missouri State defeated Mizzou 79-51 in Springfield.

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