Bulldogs Bully Lady Tigers in SEC Opener

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The Missouri women’s basketball squad opened its inaugural SEC schedule Thursday with a 77-46 loss in Athens, Ga. The No. 10 Bulldogs improved their record to an impressive 13-1 while the Tigers drop to 11-4.

The game started out fast-paced as both teams traded buckets early with junior Bri Kulas scoring all of the Tigers’ first eight points. Mizzou trailed 11-8 heading into the first official timeout. This was the last time the game would be remotely close.

Georgia went on a 16-2 run to extend the lead to 29-13 with eight and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Georgia continued to pile it on as the Tigers went cold from the field and the Bulldogs continued their hot shooting as they went 6-11 from beyond the arc in the first half. Meanwhile, the Tigers shot a miserable 36 percent from the field.

Something sparked some fire in the Tigers in the locker room as they went on a quick 7-0 run to open the second half, forcing Georgia head coach Andy Landers to take a timeout. The timeout worked as planned as the Bulldogs regained their composure and sustained the comfortable lead.

Georgia gave Missouri problems all night on defense. The Bulldogs forced the Tigers into 21 turnovers in the game.

Highlighting the efforts of the Bulldogs was senior Jasmine James. James put up 16 points and was a pest on the defensive end with six steals.

One of the few positive notes for Mizzou was Kulas who scored in double digits yet again, marking her tenth straight game scoring at least 10 points.

It was not the way the Tigers wanted to enter SEC play, but Mizzou will be itching for a shot at redemption in its conference home opener against the Auburn Tigers at 2 p.m. Sunday.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer