Missouri Tigers Upset Florida 79-64


Missouri Tigers bounce back after Texas A&M heartbreaker.

After their overtime loss to Texas A&M, the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team needed to rebound against the Florida Gators. The Gators weren’t supposed to be an easy challenge; the Gators were 16-3 coming into this game, with their only SEC losses coming against then-#8 Mississippi State and Georgia. But in Sunday’s home game against the Gators, the Lady Tigers made quick work of the Gators by seemingly scoring at will.

The Tigers were led by Morgan Stock, who topped all scorers with 20 points. Stock was lights out from the field, going seven-of-nine from the field and sinking four-of-five from the beyond the arc. The Town & Country, Missouri native wasn’t the only one to utilize the three; Juanita Robinson was two-of-three from three-point range on her way to 12 points. Sophie Cunningham also scored in double digits, going two-of-three from the field and a perfect eight-of-eight from the free throw line.

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The Missouri Tigers had a much better shooting day than usual. The Tigers shot 53 percent from the floor and from the arc. The Tigers’s bench also came through big, scoring 44 points compared to Florida’s 25. The Gators shot 38 percent from the floor and 31 percent from beyond the arc. Guards Ronni Williams and Carlie Needles led the Gators with 14 and 12 points respectively. Williams was also one rebound off a double-double.

Those performances couldn’t save the Gators from both foul trouble and a poor shooting performance. The Gators had two scoring droughts of at least three minutes, and ended the game on run of poor shooting, going two for their final ten field goals. Foul trouble also haunted the Gators. Florida guard January Miller fouled out with 13 seconds left in the game and four other Gators were had four fouls each. Guard Cassie Peoples had three fouls in a 30 second span in the fourth quarter, and gained a fourth with four seconds remaining. Fouls were less of a problem on Mizzou’s side. Sophie Cunningham fouled out with 37 seconds, but no other player on the Tigers had made than three fouls. Morgan Stock in particular did not pick up any fouls at all.

After taking #10 Texas A&M to overtime, and now upsetting the 23rd-ranked team in the nation, the Mizzou Tigers have proven themselves worthy of a top 25 ranking, and should be a threat when the SEC tournament comes around.

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