Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The No. 23 Missouri Tigers (7-2) came back to Mizzou Arena to host a game for the first time since
November 19th. This time Missouri was focused on in state foe, University of Missouri-Kansas City
(UMKC) Kangaroos (2-6). The Tigers used a dominant third quarter to roll to a 66-59 victory.

It was a slow start for the Tigers as they held on to a 4-point lead at the end of the first quarter,
and only a 2-point lead at halftime. But the Tigers came out in the second half and showed why
they are the superior team by outscoring the ‘Roos 21-9 in the 3rd quarter. UMKC made the game close in the fourth, but the Tigers held on for 66-59 victory to extend their winning streak to four games.

Missouri led by Senior Sophie Cunningham and Junior Amber Smith, who combined for a total of 43 points. Cunningham netted 24 points while Smith tallied 19.

The ‘Roos were led by Ericka Mattingly’ who scored a team high 20 points. She also dished out five
assists, but she fouled out of the game late in the 4th quarter. UMKC also received help from Ivory
Smith, who tallied 18 points against the Tigers. Those two efforts kept the Kangaroos in the game late into the fourth quarter, but in the end it wasn’t enough to upset their nationally ranked in state rival.

Having vanquished their foe from one side of Missouri, the Tigers will now travel 120 miles east to take on the St. Louis University Bilikens at Chaifetz Arena on December 9th at 5 p.m.