Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports

Jordan Frericks posted 19 points to go alongside eight rebounds and three blocks as No. 13 Missouri withstood a second half surge by Auburn to win 59-51 on Thursday night.

Frericks was active on both sides of the floor for the majority of the night and Auburn had no answer for her. Sophie Cunningham was the only other player for the Tigers with double figures, scoring 12 points and knocking down two triples. Cierra Porter had a solid game, putting up seven points and adding seven rebounds. Amber Smith recorded seven points, shooting just 2-9 from the field but contributed in other areas of the game by pulling down 10 rebounds. The Tigers managed to win the game despite turning the ball over a season high 24 times.

Janiah McKay notched 18 points and six rebounds to lead Auburn while Daisa Alexander posted 13 points, six rebounds, and five steals. McKay and Alexander, who were both the top scorers for the Tigers entering the game, were combined for just 13 made field goals out of 42 attempts. Unique Thompson added eight points and seven rebounds. The Tigers really struggled offensively shooting a measly 27.6 percent from the field.

In the first half, Missouri was dominant from the outset, especially defensively. They finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 19-7 lead at the end of the period. In the second quarter, Missouri once again held Auburn to single digits in the quarter, allowing just nine points. The Tigers led by as much as 17 and were up 30-16 at the half. Auburn shot an abysmal 18 percent in the half, and it seemed as if Missouri was going to run Auburn out of their own building.

Despite their awful struggles, Auburn regrouped and they started using their press defense, which helped them climb back into the ballgame. They forced four Missouri turnovers to aid them on an 18-5 run that cut the deficit to four with less than a minute left in the third quarter. But whenever it seemed like Auburn would overcome the lead, Missouri always had an answer. In the fourth quarter, Jordan Roundtree knocked down a three from the corner which gave Missouri a 10-point lead early in the quarter. It was her only field goal, but it proved to be vital as the Tigers would never look back and were able to pull away for the victory in the end.

With the win, Missouri is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the SEC with Tennessee and Georgia as the conference tournament takes place next month. Missouri will be back home to host Tennessee in one of the more pivotal games of the season on Sunday.