Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

The Mizzou women’s basketball team outplayed and outscored the Georgia Bulldogs, but only during the first quarter. 

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, the Valentine’s game kicked off at Mizzou Arena. Dressed in their pink uniforms Missouri headed into the first quarter ready to work.

Up by 13 with just 1:41 remaining in the first, Missouri abandoned their strong defense which allowed Georgia to sneak back into this quarter. A quick three-pointer from Sarah Ashlee Barker, a fast break layup from Que Morrison and another two points from Mikayla Coombs gave life back to Georgia. 

Headed into the second quarter the Tigers were on top of the Bulldogs 19-13. Coombs started off the second with a jump shot. Ladazhia Williams responded with a layup but followed it with a turnover. Capitalizing on Missouri’s mistake, Gabby Connally drained a three-pointer. In order to redeem herself, Williams chucked up a huge three, to give Missouri a small 23-20 lead. 

More three-pointers from Haley Troup and Lauren Hansen as well as layups from Williams and Shug Dickson established a nine-point lead for the Tigers with just under five minutes to go in the half. But for the Bulldogs, Connally, Morrison and Jenna Staiti had no quit in them. Driving to the basket and staying strong inside the paint caused Georgia to tie the game up, 35-35, just before the half. 

Heading into the third quarter, the ball game was tied. Missouri’s Williams and Georgia’s Connally just did not stop battling. The game continued to go back and forth between these two. Up until there were just over four minutes left in the quarter, the Bulldogs began to pull away. Connally, Sarah Ashlee Barker and Morrison were all on fire and the Tigers struggled to defend all three of them. 

At the start of the fourth quarter the Bulldogs held a nine-point lead over the Tigers. Hansen ran into the last quarter with a fastbreak resulting in a three-pointer. The game continued to go back and forth between the two SEC teams, but Georgia always maintained at least a six-point lead. Unable to breach the gap, Missouri fell farther away. With just over two minutes left Williams swished two free throws that marked the last points Missouri would score. With a strong second half, Georgia took this game 82-64 over the Missouri Tigers. 

By scoring 17 points, forward Williams is the game’s top tiger. Hayley Frank and Troup once again mirrored one another by each scoring 14 points. Meanwhile, Georgia’s Connally fell just short of scoring 30 points. With 29 points Connally and teammate Staiti, with 18 points, led their team to victory. 

The Tigers will travel to Texas to face Texas A&M on Thursday. The victory against Missouri pushed Georgia’s winning streak to three. The Bulldogs will look to get their fourth consecutive win next Sunday against Tennessee.

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