Sarah Bush, 23 Sports

COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri women’s basketball team won its home opener against Missouri State on Tuesday night by a score of 65-61. The Tigers struggled offensively,shooting 41.5% from the floor and 14.3% from behind the arc. The Mizzou defense kept Mo. State to 36.5% from the floor, coming up strong just as the Tigers needed it.

The Tigers came out playing pretty well in the first half. In the first quarter the teams traded blows to an 11-11 tie after one, but in the second quarter, the Tigers turned it on. Missouri scored 29 points, easily outpacing the Bears’ 14.

That led to the Tigers leading the Bears at half 40-25. But Mizzou had, to put it nicely, a slow start to the second half and were held to only 3 points in the third quarter. Luckily for the Tigers Missouri State’s offense had a bit of a down quarter as well. ALthough it was nothing compared to the Tigers’ woes, the Bears only scored 13 points in the quarter, cutting the Mizzou lead to 43-38. In the fourth, both offenses came alive a little more and Mizzou was able to hold on for a 65-61 victory.

Senior Sophie Cunningham and freshman Grace Berg both led Mizzou with 12 points and freshman Akira Levy had 11 points, which all came in the first half. Senior Danielle Gitzen for Missouri State was the game’s high scorer with 16 points, shooting 50% from the three-point line. Also shooting 50% from downtown was freshman Sydney
Manning, who had 11 points for the Bears.

Mizzou is now 2-0 on the season and look to get another win at home against Green Bay on
Friday, November 16. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM.