Women’s basketball stuns No. 12 Texas A&M

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By Emil Lippe, 23 Sports

Thursday, Feb. 26-

Maddie Stock hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team the 70-69 win on the road against No. 12 Texas A&M, snapping the Aggie’s 17 game win streak at home, and improving their own win streak to three games.

The Tigers got a magnificent performance out of sophomore Jordan Frericks, who scored 25 points and snatched 12 rebounds in the contest, registering her 11th double-double of the season.

The Tigers got off to a good start in Reed Arena, keeping up with the Aggies and even led by as much as seven in the first half at 17-10 with 11:24 left to play in the first frame of the contest.

Throughout the rest of the first half, Missouri was outscored 20-12. Frericks would hit a jumper just before the clock expired to make the score 30-29 in favor of the home team Aggies.

Frericks had 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Missouri also outscored the Aggies in the paint 14 to eight. Each team was even in rebounds with 18, and the Tigers prevented the Aggies from making a single three pointer in the half.

Missouri also held an advantage in fast break points at seven to two and got more second chance points than the Aggies, outscoring them 11 to two in that category in the first half.

The second half was even tighter, with neither team really able to build a solid lead, the two teams traded baskets for a while in the opening frames of the final half.

Midway through the second half, Texas A&M would grab their largest lead of the night at 51-45 with 10:08 remaining.

Missouri would continue to show fight, as they would go on a 13-7 run to tie the game at 58-58 off of a three pointer by Morgan Stock with 5:16 to play.

The Tigers would go on to take the lead after a layup by Lindsey Cunningham at 64-63 with 3:26 remaining. Stock would help extend the Tiger lead to 67-64 after another triple.

With just under three minutes remaining, the Tigers appeared to be pulling away finally. Texas A&M would draw closer yet again in the closing stages of the game after a couple of free throws.

The Aggies would end up tying the game at 67 -67 on a jump shot by Courtney Williams. After a critical miss by Sierra Michaelis, the Aggies would claim the lead yet again from the charity stripe, and cling to a 69-67 lead with seven seconds left to play.

Redeeming herself for her previous miss, Michaelis would get the game winning assist to Maddie Stock, as the junior knocked down the game winning three to give the Tigers the upset over the Aggies.

Sierra Michaelis had a good night for the Tigers, adding 12 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. The Tigers shot a magnificent 61.5 percent in the second half and 49 percent for the game en route to their fourth road victory of the season.

Throughout the tight game, there was a total of nine ties and six lead changes between the Tigers and Aggies.

With the win the Tigers improve to 16-12 overall and 6-9 in the SEC. Missouri will head home this Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their regular season finale. Seniors Morgan Eye and Bree Fowler will be honored prior to the game for senior night.