Mizzou shoots a season-best 51.9 percent from the field in the victory
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball shot a season-best 51.9 percent (27-for-52) from the field as the Tigers earned a 69-50 win over Texas State Monday night at Mizzou Arena. Senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) led three Tigers in double figures with 20 points, including 11 points in a 4:10 stretch in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field to end the night with 15 points, her fifth-consecutive contest in double figures. She also match a career-high with five assists, and grabbed five rebounds. Junior Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) made her first start in the game, and responded by scoring a career-high 10 points in 29 minutes of action.
Mizzou raced to a 24-15 lead after the first quarter on 66.7 percent (10-for-15) shooting in the opening 10 minutes, including ending the period with field goals in nine of its last 11 attempts. The 66.7 percent stands as the second-highest first quarter output so far this season, trailing only the 80 percent (8-for-10) the Tigers shot against West Virginia on Dec. 2. Smith connected on 3-of-4 on her own for seven points in the quarter.
- Cunningham was 8-for-13 from the field as she posted a team-high 20 points. It was her third outing of at least 20 points in 2018-19, and the 37th occurrence of her Tiger career.
- Cunningham also moved into a tie for sixth-place on Mizzou’s career assists list with three in the game. She is now tied with Lisa Ellis (1984-88) with 324.
- Smith finished with 15 points to mark her ninth double figure outing of the year and fifth game in a row with at least 10 points. She also matched a career-high with five assists.
- Roundtree earned her first career start against the Bobcats and responded with a career-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals in a career-high 29 minutes.
- The Tigers shot a season-best 51.9 (27-53) percent from the floor against the Bobcats. Mizzou’s previous high was 48.1 (25-52) percent against Michigan on Nov. 23.
- Mizzou shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter alone, the team’s second-highest first period percentage of the season. The Tigers shot a season-best 80 percent (8-for-10) in the first frame at West Virginia on Dec. 2.
- Missouri’s 24 first quarter points were also the second-highest total of the season, trailing just the 25 the team scored in the opening frame against Saint Louis on Dec. 9.
- Mizzou outscored Texas State 36-14 in the paint.
Mizzou returns to the court on Friday, Dec. 21 when the team travels to Champaign, Ill., to face Illinois at Noon CT. For all the latest on Mizzou Women’s Basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MizzouWBB (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).