Sophie Cunningham joins Sports Xtra

1 year 3 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, April 07 2019 Apr 7, 2019 Sunday, April 07, 2019 11:15:00 PM CDT April 07, 2019 in Sports
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball's all-time leading scorer Sophie Cunningham joined Chris Gervino on Sports Xtra, Sunday, to talk about her time in Columbia and the upcoming WNBA Draft.

Cunningham played an integral part in transforming the culture of Missouri women's basketball, but she said the family is what she is going to miss most. 

"The family atmosphere, the community here in Columbia, it’s been great. It’s been awesome, and no one’s ever going to be able to replace that. And I’m always going to be a proud representative of the University of Missouri, and I’m going to be a proud alum,” Cunningham said.

While it's all family in the locker room, Cunningham admits she plays with a competitive fire on the court. She also admitted to having to defend her aggressive style of play.

"That’s just who I am. I’m a feisty, hard-working, blue-collared player, and I think it’s cool. I think it’s really awesome that young girls get to see a female be competitive. It’s okay to sweat. It’s okay to work hard, and it’s okay to go out-work those guys," Cunningham said. "And so I own it, and I represent it proudly. But you know, I don’t care what they say. I’m not going to change just because they don’t like the way I play.”

The loss of Cunningham and other seniors will be a big one for the team, but when asked about the future of Mizzou women's basketball, Cunningham said she has plenty of faith.

"I think that with the kids coming in and who they have -I mean they’re going to have to fill some shoes- not just me, but Lauren Aldridge and Cierra Porter. So it’s not just me," Cunningham said. "But I think that we were a great stepping stone for where Mizzou is going to go, and I think that one day, mark my words, we’re winning a national title."

Experts think Cunningham has a shot to be selected in this year's WNBA draft; she's been noticing.

"I’m just anxiously awaiting where I’m going to be. I know it’s going to be where God wants me to be, but I’m ready to know, you know. So it’s coming around the corner, and I’m ready for it,” Cunningham said.

The draft is on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The first round will be televised on ESPN2, and the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU.

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