By: DJ Diaz, KCOU Sports
The Stock Market was open this past Sunday. No, not the one on Wall Street, but the one that took place inside Mizzou Arena. Guard Maddie Stock had an incredible game against the Auburn Tigers leading Mizzou to a much-needed victory.
Both Tiger teams were in desperate search for a win. Missouri (13-11) hadn’t won a game at home in nearly a month and Auburn (9-15) was seeking their first conference victory of the season.
During the first ten minutes of the game, it seemed to be all Auburn. They stretched Mizzou and turned the game into a track meet by playing a fast-paced game offensively and defensively via the full-court press.
With around 13 minutes to play in the first half, both teams knew they were in for a battle when five consecutive 3-pointers were made on five consecutive possessions (3 for Missouri, 2 for Auburn).
The first half came to an end with Missouri trailing by three, 26-23, but Maddie Stock and the Stock Market had 11 of those 23 points.
The second half started with an Auburn Tigers 5-0 run, but it was all Missouri after that.
Center Jordan Frericks came up big in the second half with some key rebounds and points. The game was tied at 34 with 14 minutes to play; then 40 with 12 minutes to play. Something had to give, and something did.
Missouri entered the bonus with a little over 10 minutes to play, but unlike Auburn, they converted their free throws. Fundamentals were key in the middle of the second half, as Auburn had a stretch of one made free-throw out of six attempts, while Missouri made six in-a-row.
A few minutes later, Morgan Eye and Maddie Stock hit a couple of clutch 3’s to pull away from Auburn. Missouri ended the game on a 19-7 run, and Maddie Stock (and the Stock Market) finished with a game-high 23 points, as the final score was 59-49 Missouri.
Mizzou travels to Tuscaloosa Thursday to play the University of Alabama (12-13).