By: Emil Lippe
COLUMBIA, Mo.—The Missouri Women’s Basketball team [20-6, 7-6] trampled the Arkansas Razorbacks [10-15, 5-7] by a final score of 69-48 on Sunday.
Leading the way for the Tigers was senior guard Morgan Stock, who scored a game-high 17 points on 43 percent shooting while tying her career high with five made 3-pointers.
Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham also made a good impact. Despite only scoring four points, the former McDonald’s All-American dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds to help the Tigers.
Cunningham credited her production to the rest of her team, “I just think it’s my teammates cutting and when I penetrate they collapse on me and so I’m able to dish it off for easy layups.”
Missouri scored 22 field goals on 20 assists as opposed to Arkansas’ 20 field goals on 4 assists. Jordan Frericks dropped 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and played shutdown defense on Arkansas’ Jessica Jackson inside the paint, holding her to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting.
“She’s a great player,” Frericks stated after the game. “Just getting it out of her hands gives them less of an opportunity for her to create opportunities.”
Arkansas Head Coach Jimmy Dykes said after the game that the problem lied more on the offensive side of the ball and the lack of movement that the Razorbacks failed to establish.
“Throughout the last couple of games, our shot selection, our ball movement and the poise that we’ve been playing with is more than what we were accustomed to,” Coach Pingeton said after the game. “I think it’s just two games that we can just build off of.”
With the win, the Missouri Tigers improve to 20-6 on the season. This is the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Tigers have had a 20-win season and the third in the last 25 years. Missouri has a bye on Thursday and will play at Auburn on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.