Tigers’ seniors take control

Although Eye has has had a much more successful career than Fowler, the pair are set to lead side-by-side.
Missouri Tigers senior guard Bree Fowler (3) in action on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Mizzou Arena, in Columbia, Mo.

Morgan Eye is one of the greatest basketball players in Missouri history.

The senior guard has scored a total of 1,041 points and is 110 3-pointers away from breaking the NCAA record.

Despite her 283 treys, among other accolades, “Mo” is not only crucial for her skill, but for her leadership.

Eye has said in the past that she sees herself as the mother of the team, but recently said that she prefers the term “big sister.”

“I just care for these girls so much,” she said. “When they hurt, I hurt. When they’re happy, I’m happy. You care about each other; you want each other to do well. I just want the best for them.”

Although she is the only starting senior, Eye is not the only crucial upperclassman on this Mizzou squad.

Guard Bree Fowler, Eye’s senior counterpart, has only started in 18 games during her career in Columbia. Although Eye will most likely be running the floor, Fowler said she thinks she’ll impact the team as more of a vocal torchbearer, whether she’s on the starting lineup.

“It takes a lot to actually know the game,” she said. “I have a little coach’s niche. Doing the little things always has a big impact. You just have to be an unselfish basketball player.”

Junior starting point guard Lianna Doty, who recently tore her lisfranc tendon, ending her season, idolizes both seniors in different ways.

She said that Fowler is “one of the most selfless people (she) know(s)” and that she reaches out to teammates and lifts them up regardless of the situation.

Of Eye, Doty said that she “sets the tone in terms of work ethic” and she tends to keep everyone accountable.

“There’s only two seniors, so they’ve been through it,” Doty said. “Everybody looks up to them so much. It’s definitely someone you go to for advice.”

The two Missouri natives know each other well, which is sure to help them adjust and work together to guide the Tigers this year.

They have played together since their senior year and are roommates and best friends, according to Fowler.

“Bree Fowler is my rock,” Eye said. “If something bad happens, she’s probably the first person I’m going to tell. If something good happens, she’s the first person I want to tell. We’ve always been there for each other.”

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton recognizes that Eye has had a great deal of attention for the impact she has had on the program. However, she said that the team will need Fowler’s leadership just as much, despite the fact that she may not have seen the minutes that she’s wanted in her career.

“Bree Fowler has absolutely done things the right way,” Pingeton said. “She’s a great teammate and a cornerstone of this program.”

The team’s fourth-year coach said she wants the pair to realize that they will be relying on it heavily.

“(Fowler and Eye) are so much more confident this year than they were last year,” she said. “All of us, collectively, want nothing more than to send Bree and Mo out on the right note.”

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