Roberto Soltero, 23 Sports

The stage was set at Mizzou Arena on Sunday when the No. 13 Tigers welcomed the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers. The two teams, ranked just two spots apart, each entered the game with the exact same record, 21-5 (9-4). This was a back and forth game that included many lead changes. In a tightly contested game, it was perhaps the record setting crowd that helped the Tigers edge out the Volunteers 77-73. The game went down to the wire. With Missouri holding a slight lead with two seconds remaining, Jordan Frericks fouled Rennia Davis on a three-point shot. Luckily for Davis missed two of her three free throws. Sophie Cunningham sealed the game with two free throws.

Missouri was feeling it all game long, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the three-point line. The Tigers also led in the assist department, dishing out 16 of them. They were efficient at the free throw line, knocking down 19 of 22 attempts. It was a battle in the boards, with the Volunteers grabbing 30 rebounds to the Tigers 28.

The Tigers were led by no other than Sophie Cunningham. Cunningham scored 32 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Cierra Porter scored 13 points and Jordan Frericks added 16 to go along with seven rebounds. Tennessee’s leading scorer was Jaime Nared. She scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Missouri is now on a five-game winning streak, with just two games remaining in the season. This win was Missouri’s second ever win against Tennessee in program history. The Tigers now move to fourth place in the SEC standings.

The Volunteers next game is on Thursday when they travel to Gainesville to battle the Florida Gators.

The Tigers next game is also on Thursday, when they will host the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last home game of the season. Start time for the game is 7:00 PM CT.