Mizzou WBB Gets Back on Track Against Kentucky

Emerson Stephens, 23 Sports

The Mizzou women’s basketball team was able to hold on for the 83-78 win at home Thursday night over the Kentucky Wildcats. It was a great team effort, as four of the five starters scored in double digits. The Tigers really needed this win after dropping three out of their last four games, all of which to ranked opponents.

The 83 points ties for the second most the team has scored this season, and they really needed them. They came out in the first quarter ready to play, dropping 26 points to Kentucky’s 15. The second quarter took things down a notch, but the Tigers still held a 9 point lead going into the break. They also had a bit of a scare when junior guard Sophie Cunningham left the game after scoring 13 points in the first half. Fortunately for the Tigers, after having her hand taped, Cunningham was able to come back out and pick up where she left off.

A game that had looked like an easy win for Missouri, with the lead being as much as 16 in the 3rd quarter, ended up being a closer finish than expected. The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run to start the 4th and continued to chip away at the lead. Maci Morris got on a roll in the closing minutes and ended up with 22 points. With 7.1 seconds left the Tigers lead by only 3, but the stop was made, Cunningham sank 2 more free throws, and Mizzou walked away with the clutch win at home.

The Tigers will look to carry this momentum into their next game as they play in Arkansas on Sunday.