Mizzou women’s hoops defeats No. 6 South Carolina at the buzzer

Mizzou women's hoops defeats No. 6 South Carolina at the buzzer

Photo by Max Arnold

Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports

Monday, February 20–

The Mizzou Tigers women’s basketball team pulled out the upset win against sixth ranked South Carolina after sophomore Sophie Cunningham tossed up the game winning layup with 0.3 seconds left in the game. This win was the Tigers’ first top 10 victory in three years, and gave the Tigers their ninth conference win of the season. This win also clinched the Tigers chances of an SEC winning record for the first time since switching conferences.

The Tigers were out of the gates quickly as Sophie Cunningham scored the first points for the Tigers and instantly caught fire. The Tigers’ defense also stood strong against the Gamecocks as the Tigers forced six turnovers in the first quarter, giving the Tigers ample chances to score. The Tigers went up 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.

South Carolina answered back in the second quarter. South Carolina scored eight straight points to start the period, however, senior Sierra Michaelis scored five straight of her own right after. South Carolina ended the quarter with a 30-26 lead after hitting a handful of free throws to conclude the half.

Once the second half started, the Gamecocks took a 10-point lead with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Mizzou fought right back thanks to plays like sophomore Cierra Porter’s three-point play, a Micahelis basket and a three-point play from Sophie Cunningham. Mizzou made seven straight field goals during their run, however, after a pair of jumpers from South Carolina, the Gamecocks took the lead going into the fourth quarter 48-44.

As the fourth quarter began, Porter and Sophie Cunningham hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Tigers still trailed by one. The lead was going back and forth between the teams as the score was tied at 60 when Sophie Cunningham grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back in. With 23 seconds left, senior Lianna Doty took a crucial charge that gave the Tigers the ball. The ball ended up in Sophie Cunningham’s hands with the clock trickling down and with seven seconds left, she drove to the basket and laid in the bucket with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. The Gamecocks tried drawing up a play for a tip in, but to no avail as the Tigers knocked off the sixth-ranked Gamecocks.

The Tigers’ next matchup is against the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday as it is Senior Night for the Tigers. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.