Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers (19-7, 8-4) traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the No. 5 team in the country, the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Thursday night. The Bulldogs came into this game at a perfect 10-0 in conference play and 22-1 on the season. Missouri came into the game with hopes of extending their winning streak to three games and upseting the hometown Bulldogs.

The Tigers were led by senior Sophie Cunningham, who had a spectacular performance, dropping 24 points despite fighting sickness and missing the team’s pregame shootaround. Not only did Sophie Cunningham help lead the Tigers to victory, but she also achieved an incredible feat as she surpassed 2,000 career points and is now 111 points away from becoming the Missouri Tigers women’s Basketball All-Time leading scorer. The Tigers also received help from junior Guard Amber Smith, who dropped 16 points.

The Bulldogs were led by graduate Student Anriel Howard, who managed to score 21 points against the Tigers. Mississippi State also received a big helping hand from senior Teaira McCowan, who notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and snatching 13 rebounds.

The Bulldogs were able to out rebound the Tigers 35-24. Mizzou made up for Mississippi State’s effort on the glass with hot shooting, hitting a scorching 55.1% from the field while holding the Bulldogs to 39.7%.

The Tigers now travel back home to Columbia, Missouri to host the Tennessee Volunteers in a highly anticipated rematch of the Tigers’ 66-64 win in Knoxville on January sixth. The game will be Sunday, February 17th at 4 p.m. at Mizzou Arena, and will be aired on ESPN2.