Edward Redler, 23 Sports

Thursday, February 11—

On Hometown Heroes Night, Missouri Tigers women’s basketball defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 63-52, in their second meeting of the season.

Missouri (19-6, 6-6 SEC) had lost two straight but had a strong bounce-back performance led by a bench that outscored Alabama’s 28-6. Sophomore forward Kayla McDowell delivered 11 points without missing a shot and junior guard Sierra Michaelis led the team with 14 points, including four three-pointers.

Alabama (14-11. 3-9 SEC) was led by guard Hannah Cook who had a team high 15 points. Another notable performance came from guard Karyla Middlebrook, scoring 11 points to accompany her team high six rebounds. Cook and Middlebrook were the only two players to post double figures in scoring for the Crimson Tide.

The Tigers had five girls score in double figures: McDowell, Michaelis, forward Jordan Frericks, guard Sophie Cunningham and forward Cierra Porter. The Tigers had doubled the Crimson Tide assist total and outrebounded the crimson tide 36-31.

Alabama, losers of six out of the last seven, is again on the road in its next matchup at Arkansas next Thursday.

Missouri also plays Arkansas next, but at home on Saturday. The team will try to avenge a double figures loss in the first matchup in Fayetteville in mid January, 64-52.