PEORIA, Ill. -- The Bradley women’s basketball team will face a SEC opponent for the second time in three games when the Braves visit Mizzou Arena for a 2 p.m. game Sunday against former Big 12 Conference member Missouri.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but was moved to Sunday afternoon earlier this week and will kick off a three-game road swing for Bradley (2-5 overall), which is looking to rebound from a 71-67 home loss to Eastern Illinois Wednesday.
Missouri (8-1 overall) is 5-0 this season at Mizzou Arena following an 86-64 win against Oral Roberts earlier this week. The Braves and Tigers have one common opponent this season in Southeast Missouri State. Bradley pulled out a 72-68 victory at Southeast Missouri State back on Nov. 11, while Missouri posted a 62-57 win against the Redhawks in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 21.
BradleyBraves.com will provide a link to live stats and an audio stream of the WIRL 1290 AM broadcast. A subscription video steam of Sunday’s contest is available through the Missouri Athletics web site (http://www.mutigers.com/allaccess).
Sunday’s tilt will be the 11th meeting in the series between Bradley and Missouri, which dates back to the 1985-86 season, and will be the first contest between the two schools since the Tigers played at Lorene Ramsey Gym in East Peoria on Dec. 8, 2009. The Braves will be trying to snap a three-game road losing streak in the series with BU’s only road win in the series falling on Nov. 27, 1994.
Prior to the Nov. 27 game at #7 Kentucky, Bradley had not played a SEC foe since the previous game against Kentucky on Dec. 28, 1992. The only prior games against an SEC opponent are the three contests in the series with Kentucky and the Braves will play two games against SEC squads in the same season for the first time in program history. Bradley and Missouri have played a total of 10 times, but the Tigers were members of the Big 12 and Big Eight Conferences during the prior matchups.
Bradley is 3-1 in its last four regular-season games in the state of Missouri and the Braves own a 5-2 mark in regular-season contests in the Show-Me State since the team’s last trip to Columbia, Mo., during the 2008-09 season. Including the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which is held annually in St. Charles, Mo., Bradley’s eight victories in Missouri since the start of the 2008-09 season rank as the most for the Braves outside the state of Illinois. BU’s five wins in the state of Indiana are second during that same span.
Senior Kelly Frings (Milwaukee, Wis./Pius XI) is coming off a career-best 23 points against Eastern Illinois and has had a hot hand of late. Since a 3-for-9 shooting effort against South Florida on Nov. 17, Frings has connected on 15-of-24 (63.5 percent) of her shorts from the field over the last three games and averaged 13.0 points per game.
Fellow senior Kelsey Budd (Prairie du Sac, Wis./Sauk Prairie) dished out six assists for the second consecutive game Wednesday to go with her 19 points and is the first Bradley player to have back-to-back games with six or more assists since Raisa Taylor at the end of the 2010-11 season.
The Braves will have nearly two weeks off for finals before traveling to Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 20 & 21 for the Wright State Invitational. Bradley will play Lipscomb, Friday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. (CST) and face either Gardner-Webb or tournament host Wright State Dec. 21.