Missouri Basketball/Women's Basketball Black and Gold Game - October 15, 2013(Photo by Ben Walton)

Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Sunday, January 31—

The 22nd-ranked Missouri women’s basketball team improved to 18-4 (5-4 SEC) with a 60-46 win over Ole Miss on Sunday. The Rebels dropped to 10-11 (2-6 SEC) on the season. The game was played in Oxford, Mississippi.

Junior Sierra Michaelis led all scorers with 20 points. Junior Jordan Frericks scored 17 points. Freshman Sophie Cunningham recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman Cierra Porter also grabbed 11 boards and blocked three shots.

Sophomores A’Queen Hayes and Shandricka Sessom led the Rebels with 15 points apiece. Hayes also recorded team highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (four). Junior Shequila Joseph scored 10 points.

Ole Miss forced 25 turnovers while committing only eight. However, the Rebels lost almost every other battle. They were outrebounded, 50-32, and shot just 24.2 percent from the field, while the Tigers shot 48.0 percent.

Neither team was able to gain a large advantage in the first quarter. After the Tigers jumped out to a 4-2 lead, the Rebels went on an 8-2 run over a span of 41 seconds to go up 10-6. After jockeying back and forth for the rest of the quarter, Ole Miss led 16-14.

Both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter, combining for just seven points. After Cunningham made a lay-up to tie the game at 16, the two teams went 4:40 without scoring a basket. The Tigers and Rebels also combined for 12 turnovers in the quarter. Ole Miss eventually took a 20-19 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, both offenses were more energized, resulting in four lead changes in the first five minutes of the third quarter. After Hayes hit a jumper to give Ole Miss a 29-28 lead, Michaelis, Frericks and Cunningham scored all of Mizzou’s points during a 15-5 run that gave the Tigers a 43-34 lead going into the final frame.

The Tigers continued their momentum into the fourth quarter, stretching their lead to 47-34 before the Rebels rattled off seven straight points to pull within six. After the teams traded baskets, leaving the Tigers with a 49-43 lead, Mizzou iced the game with an 11-2 run and went on to grab the 60-46 victory.

The Tigers will return home to face Georgia on Thursday, Feb. 4. Mizzou won their previous matchup with the Bulldogs this season, 54-48.

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