Women’s basketball bounces back against Millwaukee

Women’s basketball bounces back against Millwaukee

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By Morgan Magid, 23 Sports

Sunday, Nov. 30

In the team’s hundredth win at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri women’s basketball team took care of the Milwaukee Panthers 68-55 thanks to stifling defense and superior rebounding.

Improving its record to 4-1 on the season after dropping their last game to No. 14 Cal, the Tigers punished the Panthers in the paint and on the glass. Missouri had 15 second-chance points compared to the Panthers’ zero and grabbed 21 more rebounds.

Sophomore Jordan Frericks and redshirt sophomore Lindsey Cunningham led Mizzou with seven rebounds each. Cunningham also chipped in five assists and 14 points—career highs for her in points and rebounds.

But it was Frericks who led the team with an all around effort. Along with her seven rebounds, she finished with 13 points, two steals, and an assist.

This individual effort was effective for much of the game, although there were times in which Milwaukee fought back hard. In the first half, Mizzou went on a 19-6 run to enter the final half up 14.

The dominance continued in the early possessions of the second half—creating the largest lead of the game at 19 with 15:46 remaining. However, with about 13 minutes left in the game, Milwaukee’s Ashley Green hit two threes and Kelsey Cunningham put in another bucket to cut Mizzou’s lead to just six.

The Panthers continued to claw back, but the Tigers defense tightened up after a three pointer from senior Bree Fowler with ten minutes remaining put them up nine. The Panthers were held to a 32.8 field goal percentage.

Cunningham would go 1-2 from the free throw line to close the game at 68-55.

Next up, the Tigers take on Loyola (Il.) at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena.