COLUMBIA — Before the men’s basketball team played its Black & Gold scrimmage Tuesday night, the women played two 10-minute halves at Mizzou Arena.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Gold Team topped the Black team 29-26, if you’re keeping track of such things.
Here are some impressions from that exhibition:
• For starters, scheduling the game on a Tuesday and going up against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series was a mistake if the goal was to draw a large crowd. It simply didn’t happen.
• Freshman Jordan Frericks, who played for the Gold squad against the starters, was impressive. She was scrappy on the boards, especially at the offensive end. She had a stick back and also moved well on the block, netting another layup. She also showed nice touch with her midrange jumper.
Frericks, a 6-foot-1 swing player from Quincy, Ill., was active defensively, including a steal near half-court and even added an assist during the second half. She got beat by senior Bri Kulas on a drive to the bucket, but she won’t be the only player Kulas burns this season.
Frericks led the Gold team to victory with eight points, 10 rebounds and two assists.
• Speaking of Kulas, a Shawnee Mission North and Johnson County Community College graduate, she looked like a scoring machine. She stepped back and drilled a three-pointer, showing off her range, but seemed most comfortable barreling toward the basket.
Playing for the Black team, Kulas led all players with 12 points and added six rebounds. Freshman Kayla McDowell also had six rebounds for the Black team, while sophomore Michelle Hudyn added seven boards for the Gold squad.
• Missouri will continue to let it fly. The Tigers ranked seventh in the nation last year, averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game. The Tigers, who ranked 47th in the country (33.7 percent), will need to be more efficient from distance than last season.