Auburn Dominates Glass, Beats Lady Tigers

Sunday, Feb. 24-

Three weeks ago the Missouri women’s basketball team was riding high. Fresh off a win over perennial power Tennessee, the team had already won more games than last season. Fast forward a few weeks later and Auburn (15-12 4-10 SEC) handed Mizzou (15-13, 4-10) its fifth straight loss Sunday, 67-59.

The game started out close, before the Tigers in black and gold pulled ahead 27-15 thanks to some hot shooting from the whole team, including Morgan Eye who hit her 100th deep ball of the season. It was relatively steady to close out the half as Missouri went into the locker room with a 41-31 lead.

The second half started the same way the first ended, with the two teams trading baskets back and forth. Then all of a sudden an Auburn 10-0 run tied it at 47 and forced a Missouri timeout.

Mizzou came out of the huddle still ice cold from the field while Auburn was able to continue to drop bucket after bucket until a pair of Bri Kulas free throws ended the run and made it 55-49 Auburn.

Over the next four minutes, each team only managed one field goal and a few free throws each and Missouri went into the final TV timeout down 63-56.

The Tigers still had a chance to even the score but only managed to get one shot to fall for the remainder of the game and lost by eight.

Typical losses for Missouri can be pinned on a lack of efficiency from deep as it depends on its SEC leading 8.5 three-pointers made per game. However, the Tigers shot 9-19 from downtown but instead were outrebounded 31-25.

Mizzou has only two games left to right the ship before beginning the SEC tournament. It starts when No. 15 South Carolina comes to Mizzou Arena for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mike Bonomo
23 Sports
Staff Writer