Mizzou bows out in second round of NCAA Tournament

Mizzou bows out in second round of NCAA Tournament

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Max Arnold, 23 Sports Reporter

Missouri women’s basketball was knocked out of the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament by third-seeded Florida State 77-55 on Sunday evening. The Tigers finish with an overall record of 22-11. This was the ninth time in program history that Missouri has won 22 games or more. Sophie Cunningham led the team in scoring with 17 points, but it was not enough, as the Tigers shot 38 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers.

Missouri played in unfriendly territory in the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Missouri’s Sierra Michaelis started off the scoring for the Tigers, but the Seminoles responded right back with a jumper from Shakayla Thomas. Florida State took an early lead in the first quarter, but went on a 10-1 run to take a 14-12 lead at the end of the quarter. All Missouri’s points came from Michaelis, Sophie Cunningham and sophomore forward Cierra Porter.

The second quarter stayed tight, as Missouri was up 20-19 with five minutes left in the first half before Florida State went on a run of their own with two straight 3-pointers. Missouri cut the lead back to two, but ended the half down 32-27. Porter led Missouri with eight points in the first half, but the Tigers were an abysmal 25 percent from 3-point range and couldn’t get their shots to fall all night.

In the third quarter, Florida State ran away with the ball game, outscoring Missouri by 14 points in the third quarter. The Seminoles shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half. Missouri was down and out by the fourth quarter and the Tigers were not able to beat their ACC opponent.

Missouri’s three seniors, Michaelis, Lindsey Cunningham and Lianna Doty, led the Tigers to two straight NCAA appearances for the first time since the 1983-84 season.