Mizzou women's basketball defeats Vanderbilt 54-51
NASHVILLE - Sunday's match against the Vanderbilt Commodores came down to the final minute of play for the Mizzou women's basketball team after they had taken a 10 point lead early in the second. The Tigers were able to pull out the 54-51 lead to improve their record to 15-12 overall and 5-9 in SEC play. Three players for Mizzou finished in double-figures, led yet again by sophomore Jordan Frericks.
The Mizzou women shot almost 52-percent from the field in the first half of the game, and forced five turnovers. Frericks went 6-for-8 from the floor for 12 points in the first 20 minutes, and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Vanderbilt entered the second determined to pull out a win, pulling to within one-possession with just minutes left in the game. Maddie Stock hit a three with two minutes left, but the Commodores responded with a three of their own to make the score 50-49.
The Tigers grabbed two offensive rebounds throughout the last minute of play in order to eliminate any chance the Commodores had of topping them. Maddie Stock went to the free throw line with 14.9 seconds left, making her shot. Morgan Eye followed up with two more to make the score 53-49, but Vanderbilt's bucket pulled it to within two. Frericks made a foul shot to end the game at a score of 54-51.
The Mizzou women's basketball team next plays Thursday at Texas A&M at 8 p.m. It then hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks on March 1 at Mizzou Arena in its last regular season game.