Evan Naemura – 23 Sports

Thursday, Missouri women’s basketball played the number one ranked South Carolina Gamecocks at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina ended up winning 77-62 as four of the Gamecocks starters scored 10 or more points. For the Tigers, guard Shug Dickson led the team in scoring as she contributed 15 points for the team. 

In the first half, the Tigers kept it competitive thanks to some great shooting in the first quarter at 61.5% field goal percentage. With the Gamecocks only shooting 26.4% from the field, the Tigers maintained a 20-16 lead over South Carolina after quarter number one. In the second quarter, South Carolina outscored the Tigers 20-16 and tied it up at 36 a piece. 

The second half was a completely different story for both sides. In the third quarter, the Tigers went cold from downtown as they went 1-5 for threes in the third quarter and shot an overall 31.3% from the field in the quarter. South Carolina turned around and outscored Mizzou 22-14 in the quarter opening the game up. The fourth quarter was the dagger for the Tigers as South Carolina went on a 11 point scoring run in the 4th quarter which contributed to Mizzou losing against the top-ranked Gamecocks 77-62. 

Another big thing that hurt the tigers was the amount of points they conceded in the paint. South Carolina scored 44 points in the paint compared to Missouri’s 24 points they scored in the paint. The Tigers also failed to capitalize off the Gamecocks turnovers as they scored 6 points off turnovers compared to the 12 points the Gamecocks scored off turnovers. 

With this loss, the Tigers fall below .500 at 7-8 while being 3-7 in conference play. The next game they have is against Georgia on Feb. 14 at Missouri.

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