Erik Kase, 23 Sports

Monday, January 23—

The Mizzou women’s basketball team was in Fayetteville on Monday to take on the Razorbacks of Arkansas in an SEC battle after the Tigers’ big win in overtime against ranked opponent Texas A&M. Missouri (14-7, 4-3 SEC) emerged victorious 60-46 and are now riding a three-game winning streak in conference play.

Missouri jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead thanks to buckets from Sophie Cunningham, Cierra Porter and Sierra Michaelis. The Razorbacks had no answer as the Tigers continued to score at will and ended the first quarter on top by a score of 21-8. Mizzou took a 33-20 lead into the break thanks to the shooting of Michaelis and freshman Amber Smith.

A special moment occurred on the first bucket Michaelis made in the second half as she became the 34th Tiger in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points. Michaelis matched her career high for total field goals in a game for the third time. She shot 10-for-16 from the field and 3-for-7 from the 3-point line en route to scoring 23 points.

Missouri endured a closer second half than expected, but the damage had already been done. Sophie Cunningham didn’t have to carry the scoring burden like she often does and that allowed her to stuff the stat sheet by posting five points, seven rebounds and five assists. Smith finished with nine points while Porter finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Tigers will return home to Mizzou Arena on Thursday as they take on the Auburn Tigers, who are coming off a close loss to Kentucky. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network Plus.