Haley McCormick-23Sports

Thursday night our Mizzou women’s basketball team tipped off against the 13th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. The Tigers were holding on hope as Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard, the third-leading scorer in the nation, was out with a finger injury.

The Tigers have had a challenging season falling 62-47 making this their second loss in a row and sixth in conference play.

The Tigers came out ready to fight keeping the first quarter close only trailing by four points at the end of the first. But Kentucky came back with the same ready to fight mentality going on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 13 with little time left in the 2nd quarter.

Going into the half Mizzou trailed 34-17. The Tigers came out slow missing all eight of their threes and not doing very well in the field going 6-25 crumbling under Kentucky’s press.

They say it all starts with defense, but The Tigers didn’t show that tonight turning the ball over 12 times, coming close to their average of 16.4 turnovers and only handing out two assists.

The Tigers leading scorer was freshman Aijha Blackwell with 14 points, while the rest of the team had 17 combined. Eventually senior Amber Smith and freshman Hayley Frank were able to put up double digit points as well.

The Tigers have yet to pull an upset over a ranked team this season and will try and end the two game losing streak when they take on No. 25 Arkansas (16-4) at home next Sunday.