Women’s basketball improves to 3-0

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By Morgan Magid, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 22-

Continuing its hot start to the year, the Missouri women’s basketball team rattled off its third-straight win of the season in a 19-point rout against UNLV at the Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 79-60 victory came thanks to combination of stiff defense and dominant offensive power propelled the Tigers to continue its undefeated season.

This is a Mizzou team that has been plagued by injuries this year, including to starting point guard junior Lianna Doty, who is out with a foot injury. Luckily for the Tigers, plenty of other players have stepped up.

Sophomore Jordan Frericks has been the main source of Mizzou’s offense this season. The forward earned the team’s first double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Mizzou set the tone early in the match and always controlled the pace. There was not a single lead change in the game. The team hit seven shots from behind the arc including two a piece from junior Morgan Stock and senior Morgan Eye.

A huge highlight in the first half came in its final minute in which freshman Carrie Shepard chipped in five points in about 30 seconds. This allowed the Tigers to enter the half up 48-24.

Another game-changer was the 24 second chance points Mizzou had over UNLV’s 13. Those numbers were 18-2 favoring Mizzou at the end of the first half.

Frericks led Mizzou with 12 of the team’s 55 rebounds. In comparison, UNLV only had 34 boards in the whole game.

The second half told a very similar story. The Tigers’ largest lead of the game occurred with 14:44 left in the second half when a steal by junior Juanita Robinson and subsequent layup from sophomore Kayla McDowell put them up 27.

Defensively, this technically was Mizzou’s worst game—although it still wrecked havoc on its opposing offense. UNLV scored the most points of the Tigers’ three opponents this season and had the best shooting percentage at 31.4 percent. Previously, Mizzou held Western Illinois at 29.2 percent and SEMO at 23.6 percent.

Next, Missouri takes on its first ranked opponent of the season when it finishes up the Wahine Classic against No. 14 California on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. CT.