Missouri Senior Tandem Do It Again; Lead Tigers To Victory Over Evansville

Monday, Dec. 19 –

Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock each had 25 points in the Missouri women’s basketball 74-51 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces on Monday night.

This was a career-high for Brock and it puts Flores just seven points away from eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career, which would place her amongst the only 29 other MU players to do so.

Morgan Eye finished with 12 points, and the three combined for 62 of the team’s 74 scored on the night.

Coach Robin Pingeton ensured that all players saw the court, but relied on a smaller rotation with six players logging in at least 20 minutes.

For the most part, the 8-1 Tigers utilized their fiery frontcourt tandem once again, just like the have all this season. Flores scored the team’s first nine points and after leading 30-20 at the break, Brock scored eight of the first 10 in the second half.

While the two have dominated on the court this year, their relationship began with a rocky start as high school rivals in San Antonio, Texas. Even in their early years at Missouri, it was always Flores who took the star role while Brock struggled for playing time. Interestingly enough, the two didn’t even know they both committed to the same program and were coincidentally paired up as dorm roommates in their freshman year.

Nevertheless, the two have developed chemistry together this season, which has helped propel the team to their best start in 15 years.

The two bring unique skill sets to the table. Flores has the ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc (13-27 on three-point attempts), while Brock uses her athletic prowess to fight for tough rebounds with a team-high 8.4 per game. They combine for an average of eight blocks per contest as well.

Continuing to impose their strength will especially be important as the team prepares for their conference schedule, which tips off against a highly touted Baylor squad in just a couple weeks. Containing Bears star center Brittney Griner will undoubtedly be their toughest challenge yet.

Until then, the Tigers have a pair of non-conference matches remaining including Memphis and Sam Houston State, both at Mizzou Arena.

– Mihir Bhagat
23 Sports
Staff Writer