Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

Missouri Women’s Basketball extended their win streak to five games on Sunday in a 74-62 win over the Saint Louis Billikens at Chaifetz Arena. The Tigers shared the ball effectively, and as a result, they received double-digit scoring from four different players. Senior guard Sophie Cunningham led all Tigers in scoring with 18 points, and junior guard Amber Smith notched her third straight double-double.

Amber Smith, who has six double-doubles on the season, continued to be aggressive against the Billikens and ended the game with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Emmanuelle Tahane contributed to the double-digit win with a career-high 13 points, and freshman guard Akira Levy dropped 11 points on 4-7 shooting.

The Tigers came out firing, scoring 25 points in the first quarter, with twelve of those coming on three-pointers. With a 25-10 lead after one quarter, it looked like the rout might be on. But in the second quarter the Billiken offense heated up a little bit, scoring 18 points. The Tigers still maintained a lead of 40-28, however.

But in the third quarter, the Billikens came all the way back. A 16-4 run by SLU to start the period led to a 44-44 tie with 2:50 remaining. It was then Tahane came up big for the Tigers, scoring the last five points to end the third to give Mizzou a 49-44 lead heading in to the final quarter. Missouri carried the momentum from Tahane’s streak into the fourth. The Tigers went on a run after an Amber Smith three-pointer and six points from Sophie Cunningham. After Amber Smith made one of her game-high three three-pointers to start the quarter, Cunningham grew more aggressive and was able to draw fouls to get to the free throw line. She got to the charity stripe two separate times on back-to-back offensive possessions. She drained all four free-throw shots, and Missouri’s lead was back to nine with 8:23 remaining in the game. Billiken’s guard Myia Clark responded with a triple to pull Saint Louis within six points, but the Billikens were unable to get any closer, as Mizzou outscored them 25-18 in the final quarter.

The win improved the red hot Tigers to 8-2. Next, Missouri will face the South Dakota Coyotes at Mizzou Arena on Saturday, December 15 at 3:00.