Lady Tigers Cruise in Exhibition Opener

By: Nick Yahl, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Oct. 29-

The Missouri women’s basketball team opened exhibition play Southwest Baptist. Mizzou grabbed the victory behind a high-powered offense 79-53 and led by as many as 31 points. The Lady Tigers look to make a deeper run in their second season in the SEC after losing to Vanderbilt in the first round of the conference tournament a year ago.

The Lady Tigers struggled offensively early, turning the ball over often. This opened the door for Southwest Baptist to jump out to an 18-6 lead. After a stoppage in play, Mizzou came out strong with big buckets from Lianna Doty and Bri Kulas to give the Lady Tigers the kick start they needed.

Throughout the first half, Doty and Kulas carrid much of the load, combining for 22 points and 14 rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play. Mizzou held Southwest Baptist to just one point in the final 13 minutes of the first half. At the break, Mizzou led 35-19.

The second half was more of the same as the Lady Tigers kept up the offensive pace, dropping in 32 points and getting big contributions from Jordan Frericks and Kayla McDowell. Frericks went 6-7 from the field, recording 16 points, while McDowell pitched in with 11 points of her own.

Defensively, Mizzou stayed strong, inducing 24 turnovers and held Southwest Baptist to just 29.8 percent shooting from the floor. Mizzou’s strong performance sets the tone for what they hope to be a big season. Exhibition play continues when the Lady Tigers take on Quincy at Mizzou Arena next Tuesday.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.