Ethan Illers, 23 Sports

Tuesday, December 8—

Coming off a commanding 74-32 victory over Southeast Missouri State, the Mizzou women’s basketball team showed no signs of slowing down, knocking off Loyola Marymount 80-48 to improve to 9-0 for the second time in school history.

Mizzou kicked off the contest on an immense scoring spree, going on a 21-0 run to open up the game. Sisters Lindsey and Sophie Cunningham scored the first ten points of the game. Sophie put up the first seven points before her older sister swished home a triple to make it 10-0. The Tigers’ stingy defense flustered LMU all evening, unable to put a point on the board until the 3:07 mark of the first quarter.

Sophie Cunningham led all scorers with 23 points. She shot 9 for 11 from the field and a flawless 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. She was also able to add five rebounds to the stat sheet and three assists, which tied a career high.

Mizzou also saw 11 players contribute to the scorecard in addition to 13 Tigers seeing significant minutes of playing time. This was the fourth time this season that the Tigers had 11 different players put points on the board.

On the hustle side of the ball, Mizzou dominated with eight blocks and 13 steals. With defensive stands came a lopsided lead in points in the paint. Mizzou had 42 paint points as opposed LMU’s 12.

The Tigers also had 18 fast break points compared to only four for LMU. This was the fifth time that the Tigers recorded 12 or more steals in a game this season as opposed to only twice last year.

Mizzou shot 42.4 percent in the second half and 50.8 percent for the game. The exceptional performance was good for the second best so far this season–highest field goal percentage came against Wichita State on Nov. 18 at 51.6 percent. It was also the third time this season that the Tigers shot over 50 percent.

The Tigers are rolling right now and are showing now signs of slowing down. Mizzou heads to Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to take on the Buffalos and will look to remain undefeated.

For the latest on Mizzou women’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter @MizzouWBB, check out mutigers.com and keep it locked right here at mutv.missouri.edu.