Women’s basketball beats Arkansas in regular season finale

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By Matt Vereen, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 1–

It was senior night for the Missouri women’s basketball team as they welcomed Arkansas to Mizzou Arena for the final game of the regular season. A stout defense led the Tigers to a 57-41 victory, the least points given up by Missouri since December 7 against UT-Martin.

Sophomore Sierra Michaellis led the Tigers on offense as she recorded 15 points and seven rebounds including going 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Fellow sophomore Jordan Frericks also scored up double-digits and earned 10 points in addition to four rebounds in the win.

Missouri’s defense helped get the Tigers ahead early as they held Arkansas to a shooting percentage of only 13.6 percent in the first-half, the lowest first-half shooting percentage of any Missouri opponent this season.

Frericks took advantage of the opportunity, as she put up six of Missouri’s first eight points in the opening six minutes of the game to lead the Tigers to an early 8-2 lead.

Missouri’s Michaelis would then join in the scoring as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers before halftime. The Tigers dominance on both sides of the court would help send them to the locker room with a 24-11 lead.

Arkansas came out firing in the second half and went on a 7-2 run in the first two-minutes to close the gap. The stretch wouldn’t last long, however, as Michaelis would continue a great night for the Tigers by leading Missouri on a 6-0 run as she scored four of the points and assisted the third shot.

Arkansas attempted to close the gap, but another three-pointer from Michaelis along with two three’s from Junior Morgan Stock would keep Missouri well ahead.

Arkansas resorted to fouling as the game got under five-minutes. Excellent shooting from the line from Missouri, however, would only expand the lead as the Tigers went an astounding 10-10 on free throws in the second half as they closed out the game to earn the 57-41 win.

Seniors Morgan Eye and Bree Fowler finished their final career home appearances in style with the victory as Eye put up six points and an assist while Fowler recorded six rebounds.

Missouri will be back in action in the SEC Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas from March 4-8. The Tigers earned a 7th seed with the win on Sunday and will play their first game on Thursday as they take on 10th seeded Georgia at 6 p.m. on the SEC Network.