Kelsey Winfrey scores first points as a Missouri Tiger, MU places first at Cal Classic

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The Univeristy of Missouri Women’s basketball team placed first at the Cal Classic held in Berkeley, Calif. on November 24-25. The Tigers defeated Coppin State 73-50 and defeated No. 21 California 55-52.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

With basketball season underway at all levels, former Lebanon standout and current Mizzou freshman Kelsey Winfrey has enjoyed her time at the University of Missouri.
Winfrey finished her prestigious high school basketball career with 2,052 points. She finished her senior season averaging 21.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, 4.9 steals per game, and 3.6 assists per game. She helped lead the Lady ‘Jackets to their first district championship in 13 years. She was named first team All-State her junior and season year and was named an Ezmark All-American.
Winfrey was a state-qualifier for the Class 4 Cross Country meet and was the Ozark Conference champion in  the 800-meter dash and the triple jump. Winfrey was also apart of the Lebanon volleyball team.

The Missouri Women’s basketball team recently placed first at the Cal Classic held in Berkeley, Calif. on the campus of California University. The Tigers defeated Coppin State in the opening round, 73-50 and defeated No. 21 California in the championship, 55-52. On Thursday night, the Tigers defeated Kansas State 73-59 to extend its non-conference home game win streak to 48 straight games.

Mizzou has moved up to No. 16 in the rankings with the win over California.

Below is Winfrey’s letter back home.

We just got back from California last Sunday; we were over there for Thanksgiving break from Tuesday to Sunday. We played at the University of California-Berkeley against Coppin State and the University of California. We won both games, which was very huge for us.

Coppin State was an athletic team—I got to play a few minutes, scoring my first three pointer and getting my first steal as a Mizzou Tiger.

The University of California was ranked 21 and we were ranked 23 at the time so that was a very big game. We were only down once at the beginning of the game when they came out and hit a three. The rest of the game we took, and kept, the lead. Winning that game declared us the Cal Classic Champions. That was the first time we won a road game against a ranked team since 1983. Coach was very pleased with us.

After the game she made us go shower then let us go to downtown San Francisco to shop and explore. We only played Friday and Saturday so we had a lot of free time.

On Wednesday we went to experience Alcatraz. On Thursday we had a huge Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel. It was sad for me not to be with my family over Thanksgiving because I always enjoy getting to be with them to feast and sleep. It was a new experience for me to spend Thanksgiving with my second family in California.

We usually get one day off here and there, and for Christmas we get four days off which is really exciting. School is going very good; finals are coming up and I am feeling pretty confident about them. I am still loving being a Tiger and living at the University of Missouri.

Until next time, LHS-MIZ.

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