James Penn, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 28—

The Missouri women’s basketball team celebrated senior day in their last home game of the season. Unfortunately, the Tigers could not pull out the win against Vanderbilt losing by a score of 52-56.

The Missouri women have been more successful than in years past, however, notching their first 20-win season in a decade. The 21-7 Tigers came into the game favored over the Commodores, who are hovering a few games above .500 and toting a lackluster 4-11 conference record, but Vandy had other ideas for its road matchup.

The Tigers came out of the gates firing, scoring 20 points in the first quarter. But Vanderbilt kept in the game with a 19-point quarter of its own. Mizzou would lose the lead before halftime, after scoring only eight points in the second quarter. The Tigers continued to provide inconsistent scoring with Sophie Cunningham and Cierra Porter leading the team, both with only 11 points.

Mizzou has struggled with turnovers all season and the trend continued Sunday with 15 turnovers, nine of which were accredited as steals for the Commodores.

Thirty-nine combined points from Vanderbilt’s Christa Reed and Minta Spears also helped defeat the No. 24 Tigers.

Despite the strong start the Tigers had to start the season, they have struggled to standout in the SEC, with all eight losses on the year coming in conference play. A final record of 8-8 is not exactly what Mizzou is looking for, and the sputtering performance in conference play will have to change fast for Missouri to make waves in the SEC Tournament.

The first SEC Tournament game for the Tigers is scheduled for March 3 against Auburn at 11 a.m. in Jacksonville, Florida.