Cunningham Struggles, Mizzou prevails over MIssouri State
COLUMBIA – On a night where Wooden Award candidate Sophie Cunningham struggled, the rest of the team stepped up to lift the Mizzou Women’s Basketball team over Missouri State, 65-61
The Tigers were back home after opening the season with a road win over Western Illinois. Cunningham led the team with 31, and was looking to continue her hot start against Missouri State. It was not to be, however. She was held without a point until the 5:06 mark of the second quarter.
The rest of the team started cold as well. They sat tied at 11 with the Lady Bears after the first quarter. Mizzou seemed to wake up in the second, putting up 29. Eight of Akira Levy’s 11 points came in the Tigers highest scoring quarter of the young season. Cunningham, meanwhile, continued to misfire. Her layup assisted by Levy would be her only points of the half.
The third quarter was much like the first, but even worse from Mizzou’s standpoint. The Tigers were held without a field goal for its entirety, scoring just a trio of free throws. Missouri State clawed out 13 points to cut the lead to 43-38.
It took until there was 5:50 left in the fourth quarter to make another basket. From there, Cunningham started to assert herself. She scored 10 out of the Tiger’s last 18, fighting off a Lady Bears squad that tied the game at 49 and 51 down the stretch, before closing out a 65-61 victory.
Cunningham finished tied with Grace Berg for the team lead with 12 points. She also added seven rebounds. Missouri State’s Danielle Gitzen led her team with 16, all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Mizzou will look to get back into high gear Friday at home against the Green Bay Phoenix