Women’s basketball secures comeback win

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By Matt Weller, 23 Sports

Monday, Feb. 9-

For a while on Sunday afternoon, it looked like the Auburn Tigers women’s basketball team would get their first SEC win of the 2015 season. Fortunately for Missouri, junior guard Maddie Stock had her best game of the season.

Stock scored a career high 23 points, as Missouri erased an eight point Auburn lead in the second half as to pull away for a 59-49 win.

Missouri’s offense struggled mightily in the first half. Outside of three consecutive three pointers from Juanita Robinson, Morgan Eye, and Stock, the Tigers shot just 11 percent from the field. The team mustered up just 23 points in the opening 20 minutes, trailing 26-23 at halftime to Auburn, who has yet to win an SEC game this season.

Auburn initially picked up in the second half where they left the first one, stretching their lead to eight points in the first minute of second half play. A 7-0 run from Missouri closed the gap to one, and when Jordan Frericks scored six consecutive points a few minutes later, Mizzou finally had the lead.

Teams traded baskets until the 11:07 mark, when Auburn led 42-41. Over the next 8:28, however, Missouri ripped off a 16-3 run, including eight points by Stock.

A key to success for Missouri was the contribution from the bench. The Tigers got 32 points from players off the bench and every player on the team grabbed at least one rebound. Missouri out rebounded Auburn 43-40, including a career high six from Stock and 11 from Frericks, who tallied her fifth consecutive double-double.

The win improves Missouri’s overall record to 13-11 and 3-8 in SEC play. It also marks the first conference win for the Tigers over a team other than Florida.

The Tigers hit the road this week for an 8 p.m. contest in Tuscaloosa, Ala. against the Crimson Tide on Feb. 12.