Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

With five players scoring in double digits, one could say Missouri’s offensive clicked in their Sunday match-up vs Auburn. 

Missouri’s Williams, Troup, Blackwell, Frank and Dickson each scored over 11 points. Ladazhia Williams led Mizzou with 19 points and six rebounds. Teammate Aijha Blackwell secured her sixth consecutive double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Slow defense from both tiger teams allowed the offenses to show off their skills. 

Coming out hot, Missouri scored 31 points in the first quarter. The game stayed neck and neck for the first seven minutes. Auburn was struggling to score when they had possession, so Missouri slowly began to pull away. With three minutes to go in the first Mizzou was up by eight. Back to back to back Missouri’s Lauren Hansen, Shannon Dufficy and Shug Dickson each drained a three-pointer. By scoring nine points at the end of the first quarter Mizzou extended their lead by 14, 31-17. 

Luckily for Auburn, the second quarter brought a huge momentum shift. Auburn’s guard Honesty Scott-Grayson led the team in both rebounds and points. By herself, she carried the Auburn team through this game by racking up a total of 30 points, four rebounds, and two steals. In the second quarter, Scott-Grayson and Unique Thompson were unstoppable against Missouri’s defense. Over the course of 10 minutes, Auburn fought back and closed the gap. With their substantial lead blow, Missouri was only up by three, 45-42, going into the second half. 

After taking a break during the second quarter, Missouri’s offensive stepped on the gas pedal at the start of the third. Missouri’s Hayley Frank and Haley Troup worked together, scoring a combined 10 points just two minutes into the second half. From then on the Missouri Tigers did not stop. Going on a 20-4 point run, Auburn trailed by 19 points with just a little over five minutes to go in the third. With help from Scott-Grayson and Thompson, Auburn was able to outscore Missouri 15-8 just before the start of the fourth quarter. 

Missouri led 73-61 heading into the final quarter. With no quit in them, Auburn continued to battle back. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Auburn managed to get within nine points of Missouri, but Mizzou would not budge. Missouri played strong and controlled defense for the remainder of the game. Winning 85-75, Missouri claimed the title of Top Tigers against Auburn. 

The Auburn Tigers will travel down to Georgia to play the Bulldogs on Thursday. Missouri is on the road again and will face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday.

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