DuVonte’ Beard-23Sports

Thursday night, Mizzou Women’s Basketball faced the Billikens of Saint Louis University. Despite the overall record difference between both teams, the Missouri Tigers showed that a record meant nothing entering competition that day. The Tigers (3-6, 0-0 SEC) defeated the Billikens (6-3, 0-0 A10) with a score of 83-58.

Mizzou’s surge of dominance began in the first quarter, starting the game on a 17-6 run. The Tigers clawed to a 10-point first quarter lead. Soon after, they were able to spread the lead even more, reaching halftime ahead by 17 points. Leading the first half in scoring was senior guard Amber Smith with 10 points and two three-point field goals. Unfortunately for Smith, early foul trouble put her on the sideline for quite some time, slowing down her scoring onslaught.

Continuing to control the scoreboard, the Tigers gained an even larger lead in the third quarter, putting themselves up 29 points. Such a commanding lead laid the rug for the Tigers to stroll to a seemingly easy victory. Leading the second half for Mizzou was the freshman duo of Hayley Frank and Aijha Blackwell. The two were able to combine for 19 of the team’s 39 second half points, both shooting 50% from the field and 100% from the charity stripe.

In all, four Tigers finished the game in double figures, as they guided Mizzou Women’s Basketball to a well-needed victory. As stated in the post-game press conference by freshman Aijha Blackwell, emphasis of effort and having a “dog mentality” are changes the team has made to better themselves for the remainder of the season.

Mizzou will travel to Kansas City to play the Kangaroos of UMKC on Sunday, Dec. 8. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.