Rough Shooting Performance Dooms Tigers at Georgia

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Mizzou’s #11 ranked women’s basketball team got off to a rough start Thursday night in Athens, Georgia. Unlike other recent games for Robin Pingeton’s squad, the Tigers were unable to overcome this one. The surprising Bulldogs 18-2 (6-1) beat Missouri 17-3 (5-2) 62-50 to take sole possession of second place in the SEC.

58 seconds in, Georgia was up 6-0 on three field goals, including two layups. And 58 seconds in, Pingeton called a timeout to fire the Tigers up. Mizzou responded, staying even with the Dogs for the rest of the quarter for a 19-13 score at the end of one.

Mizzou was able to work it to a 27-27 tie late in the second on a seven straight points from Sophie Cunningham, but Georgia scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 32-27 halftime lead.

Mizzou kept on the comeback trail in the third, and got the Bulldog lead down to 40-39 after an up and down quarter.

But in the fourth, Georgia took over as Mizzou ran out of gas. The Tigers made only one field goal to go along with five turnovers in the first half of the quarter, and the Bulldogs built their lead to six. A couple of field goals kept Missouri in it until the last couple of minutes, but Georgia ended the game on a 10-2 run.

The loss was the most lopsided of the year for a Tigers team previously only beaten by three by Western Kentucky and by four by LSU. Missouri has a redeem themselves fairly quickly, however. Mizzou’s next game is Sunday, January 28th at #9 South Carolina. The biggest win of the Tigers’ season came in their last match-up with the Gamecocks, a 83-74 win at Mizzou Arena on January 7th.