Team effort results in big victory for Mizzou women’s basketball

Team effort results in big victory for Mizzou women’s basketball

Photo by Nathalie Jones

Erik Kase, 23 Sports

Tuesday, January 31—

The Missouri Tigers entered Monday night’s game against the 25th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats looking for a signature win against a ranked opponent. Thanks to a total team effort, they got the win they needed as they defeated Kentucky 73-67. The Tigers have won five straight conference games and are now 16-7 and 6-3 in the SEC, good enough for a tie for third place.

The game started slow, as it took just over two minutes for both teams to score buckets. Neither team could establish dominance in any way, but Mizzou shared the ball well as four Tigers scored in the first period.

Leading 15-14 entering the second quarter, Mizzou was paced by Lindsey Cunningham, who had eight of the Tigers’ points through one quarter. The second quarter belonged to freshman Amber Smith, who scored eight of her 10 first half points in the quarter. Mizzou entered the break down 31-30.

In the second half, Missouri showed how dominant they can look. Three players scored in double figures and the Tigers only missed four free throws. Sophie Cunningham made six of her nine attempts in the second half and Cierra Porter went 9-for-9 from the stripe.

Kentucky’s Makayla Epps had a game high 20 points for the Wildcats, but the Tigers proved to be too much. Four players scored in double figures, led by Sierra Michaelis’ 19 points. Smith finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Looking to extend their winning streak to six games, the Tigers head off to Starkville, Mississippi, on Sunday to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU.