Smith Leads @MizzouWBB To 68-51 Road Victory Over West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball dominated the No. 21-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers on the road, 68-51, on Sunday afternoon in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Mizzou was led by a career performance from junior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.), who set career highs in points (28) and rebounds (13) while recording her fourth double-double of the season.

After entering Sunday’s contest averaging 85.8 points, the Mountaineers were held to a season-low 51 points. The Tigers were able to hold West Virginia to season-low shooting numbers from the field and three-point range, as the Mountaineers shot 27.9 percent from the field (17-for-61) and 27.8 percent from three (5-for-18). West Virginia’s previous season-lows were 78 points, 42.9 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three.

Mizzou’s has held its opponents to 52.8 points in its six victories this season.

TURNING POINT

Mizzou’s defense was stellar throughout the entirety of the game, and especially the second quarter, as the Tigers held the Mountaineers to six points in the second frame. West Virginia shot a mere 12.5 percent from the field in the quarter, as the Tigers were able to take a 34-23 lead heading into the locker room. Smith led the way for Mizzou on the defensive end in the first half, as four of her six rebounds in the half came on the defensive glass, while all three of her game-high three blocks came in the first frame. Redshirt junior forward Hannah Schuchts (Tallahassee, Fla.) was also effective on the defensive glass, as she pulled down five defensive rebounds and six boards total in the first half while also recording one block.

 TOP TIGERS

  • Smith reached 20 points for the fifth time in her career with a career-high 28 points, and recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 13 rebounds. Smith also set a career-high in field goals made as she shot 10-for-15 from the field while recording a game-high three blocks.
  • Redshirt freshman guard Haley Troup (Gadsden, Ala.) played the best game of her young career, as she set career highs in points (14), rebounds (six), field goals made (five) and three-pointers made (three). Troup shot 5-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from three in 18 minutes off the bench.
  • Making her third consecutive start, junior guard Jordan Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) scored 11 points while grabbing a season-high five rebounds.

NOTES

  • Mizzou’s defense held West Virginia to 34.8 points below its season average as the Mountaineers scored 51 points on Sunday. The Tigers were also able to hold West Virginia to season lows in field goal percentage (27.9 percent), three-point percentage (27.8 percent), field goals (17) and three-pointers (five).
  • In Mizzou’s six victories this season, the Tigers have held their opponents to 52.8 points. Mizzou has held its opponent to 65 points or less in seven of eight games this season.
  • Smith recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the sixth of her career with 28 points and 13 rebounds. The double-double performance moved her into a tie for second for the most double-doubles in the SEC this season, trailing only Mississippi State’s Tearia McCowan and LSU’s Ayana Mitchell with five.

UP NEXT

Mizzou returns home to Mizzou Arena to face UMKC on Thursday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be streamed on SEC Network +.

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