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T.J. McLaughlin, 23 Sports

Monday, February 8—

The Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team failed to rebound from Thursday’s loss to Alabama falling to the 11th-ranked Mississippi state Bulldogs 52-42 in a battle of two SEC powerhouses.

Mizzou has played well this year but has struggled mightily against SEC opponents. With Sunday’s loss, Mizzou fell to 18-6 on the year and 5-6 in conference play.

Mississippi State came out firing on all cylinders, outscoring the Tigers 17-6 in the first quarter. Mizzou shot a measly 2 of 15 in the quarter while also turning the ball over seven times.

The Tigers started the second quarter on a 9-2 run reducing the gap from 11 to 4. The surge sent the ladies into halftime trailing the Bulldogs by a much more manageable margin, 23-18.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they could not carry the momentum through the break. Mississippi State would win both the third and fourth quarters 12-9 and 17-15, respectively. Morgan Williams of Mississippi State had her way with the Missouri defense in the second half scoring 13 of her 17 points in the second half.

For Mizzou, forward Jordan Frericks posted a double-double in the losing effort going for 12 points and 10 rebounds. She has been solid for Mizzou all season long with averages of 12.2 points and 7.9 rebounds.

With the SEC tournament less than a month away, Mizzou looks to improve upon its SEC record. The team will get its first chance Thursday, Feb. 11, when it returns home to take on 14-10 Alabama. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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