Mizzou shoots a blistering 51.9 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from three
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball (3-6, 0-0 SEC) defeated in-state rival Saint Louis, 83-58, Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Led by freshman guard Aijha Blackwell (Berkeley, Mo.), the Tigers jumped out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter and didn’t cede their advantage the rest of the contest.
The Tigers were red hot in all aspects of shooting in the game, shooting 51.9 percent from the field (28-of-54), 66.7 percent from three (12-of-18) and 93.8 percent from the free throw line (12-of-16). Mizzou turned in a complete offensive performance as four Tigers scored in double figures on the night, and the team dished out 19 total assists.
Blackwell led all scorers with 17 points. The freshman also made her presence known on the boards, matching a career-high with six rebounds. Freshman forward Hayley Frank (Strafford, Mo.) recorded 16 points of her own, her seventh straight game in double figures, and drained three shots from beyond the arc. Both Frank and senior guard Jordan Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) led the team with three triples each. On defense, the Tigers locked down the Billikens all night, forcing 16 turnovers and holding Saint Louis to just 32.8 percent shooting from the field (19-of-58).
Blackwell began the game by scoring the first six points of the contest for the Tigers, as Mizzou opened the game on a 17-6 run. Following a Billikens’ basket to reduce the lead to single-digits, Frank buried a three-pointer as time expired in the quarter to give the Tigers a commanding a double-digit, 22-12, advantage that was held for the remainder of the game.
- Blackwell led the team in scoring for the second time this season, as she scored 17 points and matched a career-high with six rebounds. Blackwell filled the stat line, as she also recorded three assists, two blocks and two steals, while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
- Frank found her range from behind the arc, shooting 3-of-5 from three while totaling 16 points, her seventh consecutive game in double figures.
- Chavis tallied 14 points while shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, her fourth game this season in double figures.
- Senior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) joined the trio in double figures, scoring 14 points while dishing out two assists and grabbing three rebounds.
- Mizzou had its best shooting night of the season, as it set season-highs in field goal percentage (51.9 percent, 28-of-54), three-point percentage (66.7 percent, 12-of-18) and free throw percentage (93.8 percent, 15-of-16). It marks the best shooting performance as a team from the field since March 9, 2019 (52.5 percent, 31-of-59 vs. Florida), the best three-point percentage (min. 10 attempts) since Dec. 11, 2002 (66.7 percent, 7-of-10) and the best free throw percentage since Feb. 28, 2019 (96.3 percent, 26-of-27).
- The Tigers also matched a team season-high in blocks with seven.
- Chavis entered Mizzou’s top-10 all-time for career three-pointers made, as she now ranks 10th all-time with 115 three-pointers, passing Amanda Hanneman (113, 2006-10).
- With 14 points, the Tiger senior guard scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and the 17th time in her career. Chavis had a perfect shooting night, sinking 4-of-4 shots from the field, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and was 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
- Blackwell scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, and the second consecutive game with 17 points. She also matched a career-high with six rebounds, and set career highs in blocks (two) and steals (two).
- Frank posted her seventh consecutive game in double figures with 16 points, as she shot an effective 3-of-5 from three and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Over her last seven games, Frank is averaging 16.3 points per game.
- Smith scored in double figures for the seventh time this season and the 47th time in her career with 14 points.
- Redshirt sophomore guard Haley Troup (Gasden, Ala.) dished out a season-high two assists.
- Junior guard Nadia Green (Chicago, Ill.) matched her career-high with three assists. Green has now recorded nine assists in the last four games.
- Redshirt senior forward Hannah Schuchts (Tallahassee, Fla.) pulled in five rebounds, marking the seventh time this season and the 23rd time in her career she has grabbed at least five boards.
- Redshirt freshman forward Brittany Garner (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded her first and second career blocks in the game.
Next, Mizzou will travel to Kansas City on Sunday, Dec. 8 to take on Kansas City. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. CT.