Women’s basketball defeats UT Martin 74-65

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By: Jacob Seus, 23 sports

Monday, Dec. 22-

The students of Mizzou may have started to enjoy winter break, but the woman’s basketball team was still hard at work when they took on the UT Martin Skyhawk’s on Monday night. The Tigers came into the game on a 30 game win streak against non conference opponents at home, which streak started against the very same Skyhawk team back in 2010. The Tigers looked to continue the streak against a Skyhawk team coming off of their biggest win of the season against Miami of Ohio.

The Tigers would do just that defeating UT Martin 74-65.

Mizzou started the game doing what they do best at home, hit threes. Mizzou was hot early as Lindsey Cunningham and three specialist Morgan Eye had the Tigers rolling. Eye would finish the game with six three pointers leading the team with 21 points. The game went back and fourth throughout much of the half with the Skyhawk’s refusing to back down. UT Martin shot 43 percent from the field in the first half and that was good enough to take a 38-36 lead into the break.

The Skyhawk’s refused to let up their strong play as the second frame opened up, pushing their lead further and further. The Tigers needed leadership from the veterans to stay in the game and they continued to see that from Eye. Eye continued to badger UT Martin from long distance. It is safe to say that when Eye’s is having a good game from beyond the arc there isn’t much opposing defenses can do to shut her down and that has showed throughout this whole season.

The Tigers pushed themselves back into the game tying it at 54 late in the second half. Morgan and Maddie Stock would help the Tigers go on a 13-0 run scoring 6 and 9 points respectively shutting the Skyhawk’s down for the rest of the evening. Defensive adjustments were key for the Tigers in the second half restricting UT Martin from having the success they had in the first half from inside the paint

The Tigers went on to win their 10th game of the season improving their record to 10-2 to remain undefeated at home. The woman will get a much-needed Christmas break before joining the men in Kansas City when they take on Missouri State on December 30th.