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Sophie Cunningham

OPENING TIP 
• Mizzou returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade as the 10th seed in the Bridgeport (Conn.) region. The selection marks the 10th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Tigers, who are 4-9 all-time in the big dance.
• Mizzou has notched its first 20-win season since 2005-06 and only the third 20-win campaign in the last 26 seasons. The Tigers started the season 13-0 for the first time in program history with an undefeated run through nonconference play, which also tied the record for the longest winning streak in program history, equaling a mark from 1985. Mizzou reached 18 wins before February and 20 wins by Feb. 14 for only the second time in program history and first since the 1976-77 season.
• The Tigers have defeated three top 50 RPI opponents and seven top 100 RPI foes thus far in 2015-16.

#ZOUNOTES
• The Tigers rank 20th nationally in free throw percentage (75.6), 25th in rebounding margin (+7.6), 31st in field goal percentage defense (36.0), 39th in field goal percentage (43.6), 42nd in scoring margin (+10.5), 45th in scoring defense (57.6) and are tied for 53rd in 3-pointers per game (7.0).
• Guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) was named SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and Associated Press. She is one of eight finalists for the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Year.
• Jordan Frericks, Sophie Cunningham and Cierra Porter are shooting 56, 50 and 48 percent from the field, respectively. Mizzou’s starting five is shooting 48 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range.
• Sophie Cunningham leads the team in scoring (13.5) and ranks 11th in the SEC. She is the only freshman in the top 24 in the league in points. Cunningham has scored in double figures in 19 contests and has finished with 20-plus points on eight occasions. She also ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.9) and assists (3.0) and third in steals (1.0).

ABOUT BYU…    
• The Cougars are 26-6 overall and finished 16-2 in West Coast Conference play to win the regular season league title.
• BYU is led by head coach Jeff Judkins, who is 331-149 in 15 seasons at the helm.
• Senior guard Lexi Rydalch (Mapleton, Utah) leads the team with 24.3 points per game, which ranks fifth nationally.
• Junior forward Kalana Purcell (Hamilton, New Zealand) averages a team-leading 12.7 rebounds per contest, which ranks fifth in the country. She also leads the Cougars with 4.8 assists per game.