Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Mizzou women’s basketball took on Texas A&M Sunday afternoon, marking their 10th game of the season.

Missouri sophomore Aijha Blackwell began the game with a quick layup inside the paint. The Aggies responded quickly with a layup from Sahara Jones and a jump shot from Aaliyah Wilson. Throughout the first quarter, Missouri and A&M stayed neck in the neck until Shannon Dufficy hit a huge three-pointer for the Tigers. Shug Dickson and Ladazhia Williams followed her lead with layups themselves and Missouri ended the first quarter with an 18-13 lead. 

Heading into the second quarter, the Aggies gained momentum as the Tigers quickly fell behind. A jump shot from Jones, a layup from Aaliyah Wilson and a massive three-pointer from Destiny Pitts gave Texas A&M the lead. Missouri struggled to defend Jones and Zaay Green as they had very quickly built a 26-18 lead, scoring thirteen unanswered points. Luckily, Williams’s jumper inside the paint ended the Aggies’ streak. But Pitts hit another three-pointer followed by layups from Jones and Johnson to 34-22, with just 2:30 left in the first half. Blackwell hit a jump shot to bring the Tigers back into this game. To finish out the half, both Dufficy and Haley Troup drained three-pointers. Missouri trailed by eight going into the second half. 

Coming into the second half the Tigers capitalized on their outside shot. Both Blackwell and Frank scored a three-pointer followed by a quick jump shot from Williams. Just three minutes into the third, Missouri only trailed 40-38. Both the Tigers and the Aggies went back to back through the rest of the third quarter. Jones’ two free throws at the end, gave Texas A&M a five-point lead before the fourth. 

The last quarter began with Missouri’s Hayley Frank hitting an easy layup. Texas A&M’s Pitts and Wells battled Missouri’s Troup and Williams as they all continued to dominate offensively. Another layup from Wells tied the game 62-62 with just over three minutes to go in the game. Kayla Wells was on fire, she racked up the score with two more layups, and her teammate Jordan Nixon followed her lead. With 63 seconds left, Missouri’s Ladazhia Williams made both her free throws and another layup, but it was not enough. With just seconds left in the game, Nixon and Pitts secured Texas A&M’s win by knocking down more free throws. The Aggies won 70-66 over the Tigers. 

The loss brought the Tigers back to .500, making their overall season record (5-5). The Aggies secured another win pushing them to 14-1. The Tigers will travel to Florida to take on the Gators this Thursday while Texas A&M will head to Alabama to face the Auburn Tigers.

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