The #13 Missouri Tigers defeated the #11 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 77-73 in front of a record crowd at Mizzou Arena on Sunday. Sophie Cunningham led all players with 32 points and went three of six from beyond the arc. Jordan Frericks also scored 16 and grabbed seven rebounds.Tennessee came out of the gate cold, shooting only 23.5 percent from the floor in the first quarter. Missouri took advantage and jumped out to a 15-point lead early in the second quarter.
Mizzou was able to end their 3-game skid with a win against Florida last week, albeit a shaky one. The Tigers played very uncharacteristically, allowing an inferior Gator to team to make it a close game. The Tigers came into Thursday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats looking to further regain their momentum. And regain it they did. The Tigers were electric from the start, with 26 first quarter points and they didn’t let up. Jordan Frericks and Amber Smith combined for 28 points, Cierra Porter had 16 with 11 rebounds, but nobody could possibly match up to the game Sophie Cunningham had. Cunningham dropped a stunning 29 points, lighting up the court and ultimately, like she has been all year, showing why she’s the difference maker on this team.
The Missouri Tigers Men’s Basketball team came into Wednesday’s matchup against the 19th ranked Auburn Tigers with a 13-6 record, going 3-3 in SEC conference games. The Missouri Tigers, led by Head Coach Cuonzo Martin, were coming off a loss to Texas A&M, where they scored a season low 49 points, and pushed their streak of scoring less than 70 points in a game to four. Coach Martin has been looking to infiltrate a Golden State Warriors, three point based, offensive attack. Which is shown by the 172 made threes coming into this game, second most ever through 19 games in school history.
The Tigers entered Sunday’s matinee game against Arkansas ready to extend their three- game win streak. The confidence from that win streak, which includes a win against defending National Champion South Carolina, inspired the Tigers to a dominant victory over the Razorbacks, 88-54. Mizzou started the game off strong, with an impressive 28 first quarter points, and never let up. The Tigers never trailed, and never looked even close to vulnerable. The 51 first half points was a season high, and the total 88 points beat out the 86 that the Tigers scored against New Orleans for another season high.
The Missouri Football team lost their season finale on Wednesday night with a bowl game loss to Texas in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Tigers were plagued by turnovers as they turned the ball over four times with 3 lost fumbles and one interception. One of the fumbles was lost by Missouri running back Ish Witter and returned for a 38-yard touchdown by Texas linebacker Anthony Wheeler.
After the first drive of the game, one could get a firm grasp of which team decided to show up. Mizzou started the game by giving up 45 yards in penalties in one drive, allowing the Longhorns to waltz in for an easy touchdown. The Texas offense put up 14 points in the first quarter, a Texas Bowl record (What an accomplishment!). The Tigers didn’t record a first down until the 1:05 mark of that same quarter. Both of UT’s touchdowns came on solid downfield passes. Drew Lock did not throw a ball downfield until the last play of the first quarter. But that was just the first quarter, the Tigers can turn things around. One would be of the right mind to think that, but, as we’ve seen time and time again from this football team, one would be utterly disappointed.
Missouri women’s basketball rolled in an non-conference bout against the New Orleans privateers, 81-45 at home Saturday. Junior Sophie Cunningham completely dominated, recording 18 points to lead Missouri scorers. The junior continued to star after being held to just a single point in Thursday’s win. Missouri raced out a strong start, pressing on defense in the first quarter and grabbing a 24-6 lead after the first quarter. New Orleans seemed overmatched form the start.
The Missouri Football team won their final game of the regular season on Friday afternoon over Arkansas, 48-45, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. On a seasonably warm afternoon in Fayetteville, both teams had their offenses working early in this one. The teams combined to score 59 points in the first 30 minutes of action as big plays were the theme of the first half. The Missouri offense finished with 696 yards of offense on the day.
The Mizzou Tigers remain undefeated during this regular season as they roll to a 44 victory over the Wagner Seahawks 99-55. The Tigers led from the outset as they led by 16 in the first 10 minutes of the game and continued to build on that lead throughout. Led in the first half by Kassius Robertson and Jontay Porter they jumped out to a 54-21 point lead at the end of the first half as the second half followed suit of the first half with more hustle and effort from the Tigers.
Week 9 of the 2017 NFL season is in the books which means we are halfway through the season. There have been tons of injuries ending many star player’s seasons but the season has been bright for the healthy players. Here are my halfway season projections for the NFL honors awards.