By: Josh Neighbors
The Missouri Women’s basketball team (2-0) took care of business in their home opener, defeating the Arkansas Pine Bluff Lady Lions (0-2) 85-34 at Mizzou Arena Monday.
The Tigers started off slow, only leading by five at the end of the first quarter. But thanks to a 31-point outburst in the second quarter, the Tigers had the game well in hand by the time the two clubs headed to the locker rooms at halftime.
It was a strong showing from the Porter sisters tonight. Sophomore forward Bri Porter lead the Tigers in scoring tallying 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Her sister, freshman guard Ciara Porter, did a little bit of everything scoring 12 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 3 assists. Three other Tigers got into double figures, including freshman phenom Sophie Cunningham who followed up her opening night performance (23,10,5) with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in less than 20 minutes of action.
For the Lady Lions, sophomore guard Destiny Brewton was the only player in double digits scoring 13. The Lady Lions struggled all night long and finished the game shooting 15-52 (28.8%) from the field including 20% from behind the arc. They especially struggled in the second half, where the stifling Missouri defense held them to 13 points total.
The Tigers will have a travel day tomorrow, as they will travel to Wichita, Kan. to take on the Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday night. They will then return home for a three game homestand which begins at Mizzou Arena this coming Sunday against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons will be the Tigers first power five conference opponent they have faced this season.
The Lady Lions of Arkansas Pine Bluff will head back home to face the Talladega College Tornadoes this coming Friday night.