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In their first game without former star player Sophie Cunningham, the Missouri Tigers didn’t skip a beat due to the play of two standout freshmen in a 94-55 win over Truman State. This game was over from the start as Truman State was held scoreless for 8 minutes to open the game and the Tigers led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Bulldogs cut the lead to 27-17 in the second quarter. From there, Missouri went on a 28-2 run to close the half. Missouri tacked on another 39 points in the second half of their blowout win.

Aijha Blackwell, the number nine overall recruit in ESPN’s 2019 class rankings, showed her upside as she led the team with 25 points on the night. The other young star in the making is freshman Hayley Frank. Frank was the 26th best recruit in the class according to ESPN and filled up the stat sheet on Thursday night contributing 22 points of her own on 9-12 shooting, including 4-5 from three point range. Frank also tallied 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in the contest.

Despite solid performances by Blackwell and Frank, the veterans for Missouri didn’t go unnoticed. Amber Smith, senior guard for the Tigers, contributed 13 points and a calming presence on the floor early on in the matchup. Fellow senior guard Jordan Roundtree shot 50% from the field and added 11 points. Redshirt freshman Brittany Garner was a force down low as she had 7 points and 8 rebounds against an undersized Truman State squad. Four Tigers scored in double figures and the team shot 52% from the field.

Next up, the Tigers will host the Fontbonne Griffins on October 29th at Mizzou Arena for their final exhibition match.