Eye scores 27 as Tigers roll into WNIT sweet sixteen

womens bball

By Carter Woodiel, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 22 —

Mizzou senior Morgan Eye has been known for her hot three-point shooting all season long, but Sunday’s shooting barrage was impressive even by her lofty standards.

Eye’s nine three-pointers were a season best and a Women’s National Invitation Tournament record. The Missouri women’s basketball handled host Kansas State 67-48 to move on to the WNIT round of 16.

Eye’s 27 points wasn’t the only eye-popping performance tallied by a Tiger. Sophomore star Jordan Frericks collected 18 rebounds in the game, the highest single-game total by any Missouri player in over seven years.

Sierra Michaelis added 16 points and seven boards for Mizzou, who outrebounded the Wildcats 50-31.

Frericks also scored eight points and two assists for the Tigers. Her rebounding total was the best by a Tiger since Jessra Johnson grabbed 19 against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 15, 2007.

Missouri jumped out to an early lead in the game, but Kansas State rallied back to tie the score at halftime on a buzzer-beating jumper by senior Haley Texada.

Texada led Kansas State with 15 points, and added five rebounds.

The Tigers would eventually pull away though, jumping out to a 19-2 second-half run and keeping the Wildcats at bay with tough defense down the stretch.

Missouri’s defense did not give up a field goal for the final 13 minutes, 32 seconds of the game.

With the win, Missouri will face either Michigan or Toledo in the WNIT’s third round. The two teams square off Monday at 6 p.m.