Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Saturday, December 12—

The Mizzou women’s basketball team defeated Colorado 79-75 on Saturday. The game was played in Boulder, Colorado.

The Tigers reached 10-0 for the first time in program history. The previous mark of 9-0 was set by the 1982-83 team.

Mizzou shot 45.6 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc. Colorado shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from three. Free throws made the difference in this one. The Tigers reached the stripe 25 times, hitting 19, while the Buffaloes went just 10-for-13 from the line.

Junior Sierra Michaelis and freshman Cierra Porter led all scorers with 21 points each. Freshman Sophie Cunningham led the Tigers with eight rebounds while junior Jordan Frericks chipped in seven. Michaelis also recorded three steals.

Senior Jamee Swan led Colorado with 17 points. Freshmen Kennedy Leonard and Alexis Robinson scored 14 and 11, respectively. Swan also led the Buffaloes with eight rebounds, while Leonard and Robinson led the team with five assists each.

Michaelis and Porter scored Mizzou’s first 10 points to open up a 10-2 lead in the first quarter. However, the Buffaloes chipped into the Tigers lead to cut the deficit to 23-18 by the end of the first.

The two teams continued to trade buckets throughout the second quarter before Colorado caught fire in the half’s final minutes. Led by a pair of Leonard three-pointers, the Buffaloes closed the half on a 10-0 run that spanned just 1:46, taking a 47-40 lead into the locker room.

Down 55-45 with 6:32 to play in the third quarter, Porter helped spark a rally, scoring 10 points during a 16-4 Tigers run that saw Mizzou take a 61-59 lead. Colorado would respond to take a 63-62 lead into the final quarter.

Trailing 67-64, the Tigers went on a 6-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from redshirt junior Lindsey Cunningham with five minutes remaining that gave Mizzou the lead. Colorado got within one point twice more, but never got any closer down the stretch.

The four-point margin of victory marked Mizzou’s closest game of the season. Previously, their closest games of the year had been 13-point wins over Wake Forest and Northeastern.

The Tigers will have a week off before returning returning home to face Lamar on Sunday, Dec. 20.