Eye, Mizzou Defeat Auburn from Beyond the Arc

Sunday, Jan. 6-

Threes were wild at Mizzou Arena on Sunday as the Missouri women’s basketball team (12-4, 1-1 SEC) defeated the Auburn Tigers (12-3, 1-1 SEC) 82-76 in its SEC home opener.

In their first ever SEC win, Mizzou was hot from behind the arc as the Tigers hit a whopping 18 three-pointers throughout the game. This stat broke an SEC record for most three-pointers made in a game passing up Ole Miss’ old record of 17.

Missouri was led by sophomore Morgan Eye who drained a school record 11 three pointers. The sharp-shooter was just one shy of the NCAA record. Eye finished the game with a career-high 33 points and helped the Missouri Tigers shoot 50 percent from deep.

It was all made possible by the great team play that Mizzou displayed all afternoon. The Tigers dished out 24 assists on 29 field goals including eight from true freshman Lianna Doty.

It took a while for Missouri to heat up as two early turnovers and three missed shots helped Auburn take an early 6-0 lead. Head coach Robin Pingeton called a timeout and after that Liene Priede hit a three that opened up the floodgates.

Mizzou continued to drain the long ball and finally took its first lead at 28-26 with 3:40 to go in the half. The Tigers finished the half on an 11-6 run and never looked back. One reason for Mizzou’s success was their bench play which outscored Auburn 58 – 13.

The Tigers will look to upset the No. 12 Tennessee Lady Volunteers as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for their next game at 7 p.m. Thursday.

-Ryan Peraino
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Staff Writer