Mizzou-K-State Women To Meet In St Joseph In December

The St Joseph Sports Commission has announced a Big 12-SEC Women’s Basketball game will be played at the St Joseph Civic Arena and Hillyard Court this December.

The inaugural Bill Snyder Basketball Classic will match up the Kansas State Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers in a non-conference women’s basketball game on the N.S. Hillyard Court at Civic Arena on Saturday, December 9th at 5pm.

St Joseph Sports Commission Director Brett Eseley says the footprint for hosting high profile women’s basketball contests helped make the plans possible. Bill Snyder is a St Joseph native and a College Football Hall of Fame member. Missouri Western alum and Griffin Hall of Fame coach Jeff Mittie now coaches Kansas State. Maryville native Serena Sundell is an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 player. Kansas State finished 19-17 and advanced to the WNIT Round of 16 last year.

Mizzou from the SEC finished 2022-23 18-14 overall and advanced to the round of 32 of the WNIT. Head Coach Robin Pingeton will begin her 14th season in Columbia and 27th overall as a Head Coach. Her 560 career wins make her just 1 of 16 active Power Five head coaches to achieve 500+ wins and ranks 3rd among SEC coaches. On the court, the Tigers were led by All-SEC selections senior forward Hayley Frank who was named to the second team averaging 15 points per game and freshman guard Ashton Judd who was a member of the leagues All-Freshman Team.

Missouri’s roster also include Micah and Sarah Linthacum who are granddaughters to Bill and Rosalie Linthacum of Bethany. Their parents, Larry and Angie, played basketball at South Harrison. Larry was coach, teacher, and administrator at South Harrison. He also played football for the University of Missouri.

Ticket information will be released in early summer in which all sales will be facilitated through the Civic Arena Box Office. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available by contacting the sports commission.