There’s no doubt turnovers have been an issue for the Missouri women’s basketball team.
The Tigers committed an astounding 25 on Sunday during a 60-46 win at Mississippi, but fans might be overreacting if the handwritten left on the sign to coach Robin Pingeton’s parking stall at Mizzou Arena is any indication.
Scribbled on sheet of paper from a University of Missouri Health Systems notepad and covered in plastic to ward off the elements, a Missouri fan wrote: “coach, at what point in the season do you the team that they do NOT get ‘extra credit’ for turnovers. 5 in the first 6 possessions! Call timeout after 2+ put new players on the floor. Starters will get the point.”
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It’s true that every starter — Sierra Michaelis, Jordan Frericks, Sophie Cunningham, Cierra Porter and Lindsey Cunningham — was guilty of at least three turnovers.
Of course, it’s also true that Tigers are 18-4 and sit fifth in the extremely tough SEC with a 5-4 conference mark. Perhaps Pingeton deserves the benefit of the doubt in managing her roster and its rotation.
Missouri is ranked No. 21 in the nation despite averaging 17.9 turnovers per game, third-worst in the SEC, and ranking last among the conference’s 14 teams with a minus-1.7 turnover margin.
It should also be pointed out that the Tigers lead the SEC at 16.5 turnovers per game and Pingeton’s squad ranks in the upper half of the conference with a 0.926 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Missouri ranks among the SEC leaders in field-goal percentage defense and leads the conference in rebounding margin at plus-9.1 (despite a size deficit in many games), claiming a SEC-leading 73 percent of defensive rebound chances.
Those numbers dip a bit ion conference, but the Tigers are in the midst of a solid and perhaps historic season.
With Pingeton guiding the Tigers to the cusp of the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005-06, maybe fans should relax and enjoy the ride.