Jonathan Friess, 23Sports

The Missouri Tigers hosted the 18th ranked Texas A&M Aggies (18-5,7-3) at Mizzou Arena, after coming off a loss against the Louisiana State University Tigers in Baton Rouge.
The Tigers were able to pull out a nail-biting win over the Aggies with the help of Senior Guard Sophie Cunningham’s double-double (22 points and 12 rebounds). Junior Guard Amber Smith also came up big for the Tigers as she netted 18 points and snatched nine rebounds. The Aggies were led by Chennedy Carter who had a game high 29 points and Kayla Wells how netted 18 points in the contest.

The game was a back and forth contest for 45 minutes. The Tigers led by two at halftime, but the Aggies largely dominated the third quarter, outscoring Mizzou 20-11 to take an 11 point lead. But the Tigers’ defense came up big when it needed to, holding A&M to only nine in the fourth to force five extra minutes.

Overtime started with a Sophie Cunningham steal that resulted in a momentum shifting 3-point basket made by Senior Guard Lauren Aldridge. But after that shot overtime was a struggle for both teams as the Tigers missed their next five shots and the Aggies missed their first eight shots of the extra period. Neither team was able to score again until 32 seconds left when Sophie Cunningham knocked down a 15-foot jump shot that helped push the Tigers lead to five points. The Tigers swarming defense was able to force the Aggies to 31 percent shooting in the game, which helped lead the Tigers to the 70-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M.

This victory brought the Tigers to a record of 17-7 and 6-4 in conference play. The Tigers next game will be on Sunday against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Mizzou Arena. The game will be aired on SEC Network at 3 p.m.