Missouri women’s basketball seniors shine against Wichita State

Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports

Saturday, December 10—

Missouri women’s basketball (8-3) faced off against Wichita State (3-5) at Mizzou Arena Friday. Although the Tigers had a slow start in the first half, they were able to clinch the game through a strong second half and strong showings from Mizzou seniors. Missouri finished the game just beating out the Shockers 64-57.

It was almost like senior night as Mizzou Arena, as the Tigers’ seniors ran the game. Lianna Doty and Sierra Michaelis carried the team in the second half. Doty posted 15 points, a season-high, to bring Mizzou back into the game. However, Michaelis carried the team defensively, racking up nine steals, a conference and personal high, to lead a vicious Tigers defense.

The defense also stole the show in the first half, as that was all Missouri had going for them. They were able to hold off the Shockers offense for four minutes until they finally got a shot to drop. However, Wichita State was not about to lay down. They pulled ahead of Missouri to grab a 17-10 lead.

Mizzou’s defense didn’t let them run ahead for long, holding the Shockers to four points in the second quarter. After forcing 17 turnovers the Tigers went into the half in a close game, leading 21-20.

The Missouri defense and offense were able to buckle down and close out the game in the second half. Mizzou was able to drop shot after shot, making their first six baskets out of the gate. The Tigers were able to bring their lead up to 31-21 off a sweet corner 3-pointer from Lindsey Cunningham. The Tigers continued to stretch their advantage, leading the Shockers by 11 at one point. Wichita State tied the game at 50 and tried to battle their way back, but Missouri came out on top in the end. But Mizzou took control the rest of the way, knocking down seven shots and making clutch free throws. Finally, a single bucket from Cierra Porter put this game in the books.

Missouri looks to keep their momentum going against UT-Martin (3-6) at home, Saturday, Dec. 17.