Lady Tigers’ Trio Torches SEMO

Alex Farkas brings you coverage of Missouri women’s basketball, as they take on Southeast Missouri State.

Thursday, Nov. 29-

Behind solid contributions from Sydney Crafton, Bri Kulas, and Morgan Eye, the Missouri women’s basketball team dispatched Southeast Missouri 80-51 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Crafton scored 26 points with six rebounds, and Kulas added 14 and eight, respectively. Eye drilled five three-point shots to give the Lady Tigers a solid inside-outside attack. Mizzou had little problems taking down the SEMO Redhawks in their return home after the Cancun Challenge.

Crafton helped Missouri draw first blood with an easy basket to start off the contest. Kulas added two layups, and Crafton nailed a jumper to extend Mizzou’s lead. Eye hit her first three of the night, as the Lady Tigers opened on a 15-0 run.

However, the Redhawks answered with a run of their own, cutting Mizzou’s lead to two. Crafton and Eye responded for the Lady Tigers, ending all hopes SEMO had for a comeback. The scoring leader made a quick bucket, and the sharpshooter added three long-range scores. Crafton made a three of her own at the buzzer, putting Missouri up 36-26 at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers dominated the paint to put SEMO away. Kulas and Crafton continuously made short buckets, while the Missouri defense troubled the Redhawks. A three by Kulas forced the Redhawks to take a timeout, and Mizzou had jumped ahead 47-31.

After the break, the Lady Tigers picked up where they left off. Eye drained her final three of the contest, and Crafton continued to find holes in the SEMO defense. Kulas added a three to put Mizzou up 69-40 with seven minutes left, sealing another Tiger victory.

Crafton, Kulas and Eye continued their strong play this season. The triple threat was on display, accounting for 68 percent of Mizzou’s points. The trio shot a blistering 54 percent from the field.

The Lady Tigers look to build on the victory. They host another non-conference foe in Tennessee-Martin at 7 p.m. Monday.

-Chinmay Vaidya
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Staff Writer