Tigers Win Exhibition Against Truman State
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri women's basketball team won their first exhibition match of the season over Truman State by a score of 82-54, making it the program's 13th consecutive exhibition win. Senior Christine Flores led the team, in which all five new players received minutes on the floor, with 17 points, four blocks, and eight rebounds. Flores' is on track to become No. 6 all time for career blocks at MU.
The Freshmen Morgan Eye, Bree Fowler, and Kyley Simmons, along with new transfers Liz Smith and Liene Priede put on a show for the 1,011 in attendance combining for a total of 44 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.
Mizzou and Truman State battled early in the game trading shot for shot, but MU managed to scrape out a 14-10 lead that they would not give up with under 12 minutes left. The Tigers held onto and managed to stretch their lead into a 22-15 deficit when the Bulldogs were forced to take their first timeout of the game. It didn't slow the Tigers down as they continued adding to their lead. Mizzou held a 34-21 lead after MU's first three-pointer of the game with two and a half minutes left in the first half. Mizzou went into the locker room at the end of the first half leading the Bulldogs 37-28.
Mizzou shot 56.7% from the field in the first half led by Flores' nine points and senior BreAnna Brock helping out with another eight points. Brock also contributed on the defensive side of the ball with two blocks and five rebounds.
The Tigers came out of the locker room ready to play netting two more threes on the way to a 45-31 lead with 18 minutes left in the game. Mizzou went on an 11-2 run to lead 56-33 when the Bulldogs called their second timeout of the game. The break had little effect on the Tigers as they went on to score another six points before the run ended making the score 62-35. From then on it was a back-and-forth affair between MU and Truman State with the Tigers holding a solid lead of 75-46 going into the last five minutes of the game. Mizzou buckled down in the last five minutes and ended up with a win over Truman State by a score of 82-54.
Mizzou ended the game shooting 52.4 % from the field and scoring 41 points from off the bench in a game where Truman State never led.
The Tigers will be back at the Mizzou Arena next Tuesday Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. when they host the University of Missouri-St. Louis in their second exhibition game of the season.