@MizzouWBB Opens SEC Play With 78-55 Win Over Ole Miss

Mizzou records best shooting night from the field in seven seasons at 65 percent

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball opened conference play in dominant fashion Thursday, as the Tigers defeated Ole Miss, 78-55, at Mizzou Arena. Mizzou had its best shooting night of the season in the victory, as the Tigers set season-highs in field goal percentage (65.9 percent) and three-point percentage (60 percent).

Mizzou’s 27-for-41 shooting night from the field was its first time shooting over 60 percent from the field since Feb. 23, 2017 against Ole Miss (60 percent, 30-for-50), while its 9-for-15 shooting from three marked its best shooting performance from deep since shooting 61.5 percent (8-for-13) against South Carolina on Jan. 7, 2018. Mizzou sank nine three-pointers in the game, marking the ninth time in the last 11 games Mizzou has made at least seven threes in a game.

TURNING POINT

For the second game in-a-row, Mizzou completely controlled an entire quarter to take a grasp of the game, this time the second quarter, as the Tigers outscored the Rebels, 21-6, in the second frame. The dominant quarter helped result in Mizzou taking a 40-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. Mizzou had nine players score in the half, led by senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) with nine points.

 

TOP TIGERS

  • Junior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) paced the Tigers with 18 points in the game, her seventh double-figure scoring performance in the least eight games. Smith was extremely efficient from the field in the game, as she shot 8-for-10 from the field.
  • Cunningham had 14 points in the game, and also contributed five rebounds and a team-high five assists. The Tiger senior had a perfect night shooting from the field in the game, as she shot 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from three.
  • Junior guard Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) was Mizzou’s third double-figure scorer, as she matched a career-high with 10 points.

NOTES

  • Mizzou’s 65.9 percent shooting from the field is its first time shooting better than 60 percent since Feb. 23, 2017 against Ole Miss (60 percent, 30-for-50), and its best shooting night overall in the last seven seasons dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.
  • The Tigers 60 percent success rate from deep (9-for-15) is its best shooting night from three since shooting 61.5 percent (8-for-13) against South Carolina on Jan. 7, 2018.
  • In addition to season-highs in field goal percentage and three-point percentage, Mizzou also set a season high in assists with 21, led by Cunningham’s five. Three other Tigers recorded three or more assists, as redshirt senior Lauren Aldridge (Marshfield, Mo.) and redshirt junior forward Hannah Schuchts (Tallahassee, Fla.) each had four, while redshirt freshman Haley Troup (Gadsden, Ala.) had three. Schuchts and Troup each recorded career highs with their dimes.

UP NEXT

Next, Mizzou travels to Knoxville, Tenn., for a meeting with No. 10 Tennessee on Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT on ESPN 2.

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