Garrett Bridges, 23 Sports

Tiger fans got to see the Mizzou Women’s basketball team play a whole game for the first time in the 2018-19 season as they hosted Missouri-Western Monday night at Mizzou Arena. Missouri got an easy win, 70-48.

The Tigers started off fast, outscoring Missouri-Western 25-7 in the first quarter, and 42-16 in the first half behind good team play, strong shooting, lots of fast-break opportunities, and just four first half turnovers.

But as well as the first half went, the second half went poorly for the Tigers, as Missouri had 13 second half turnovers and missed went only four for 13 from three point range. Mizzou’s first half lead insured the game was never in real doubt in the second half, however.

Sophie Cunningham starred for Mizzou yet again, as “The Mayor of Columbia” had 15 points on 4-9 shooting, including back-to-back threes that extended the third quarter lead to 65-34.

Freshman Akira Levy got the start at point guard, and other than a few questionable turnovers, played very well, tallying 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Amber Smith had a good start to her junior year, adding 12 points and 5 rebounds.

A surprise performer was Emmanuelle Tahane, who had 11 points on 5-8 shooting, including 5-6 inside the arc. She was filling in for starting 5 Hannah Schuchts, who got hurt early in the first quarter, holding the back of her left leg. She was immediately sent to the locker room and did not return. Her timetable is unknown at the moment.

The Tigers play another exhibition Thursday night against Washburn at Mizzou Arena, then start the regular season next Tuesday at Western Illinois.