Tonight the Mizzou Tigers traveled to JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Lady Bears, but the home crowd was too electric and the Lady Bears were fired up enough to have the at home win, 79-51.
Senior forward Jasmine Franklin started the scoring for the night with a tough layup and Senior guard Mariah White followed behind her with a steal and a breakaway score that put the Lady Bears up 4-0.
Halfway through the first, senior guard Mya Bhinhar found a couple opportunities to score and put up five quick points for the Lady Bears.
Senior guard Brice Calip found an opportunity for a 3-pointer with an assist from Bhinhar to put the Lady Bears up 12-7 with just under four minutes left in the first.
Strafford, Missouri native Hayley Frank showed her ability to score with a 3-pointer for the Tigers.
Franklin found Calip for a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left. Soon after, the Tigers returned the score with a 3-pointer to end the quarter 17-16 Lady Bears.
Senior guard Sydney Wilson found her groove early in the second quarter, putting up a layup followed by a 3-pointer.
White was able to put down a heavily guarded jumpshot to put the Lady Bears back on top, 27-25.
The Tigers were putting up shots but they would not fall, leading Franklin to grab the rebound and give the Lady Bears possession.
Calip was fouled just before halftime and made all three free throws to extend the lead to 41-25.
Wilson and Franklin kicked off the second half with some free throws and White scored a layup within the first two minutes which put the Lady Bears up 47-25.
Senior forward Abi Jackson hit a jumper assisted by Wilson followed by Franklin for two that was also assisted by Wilson, extending the Lady Bear lead 55-32.
Bhinhar hit the first and only 3-pointer for the Lady Bears during the third but it was just what the team needed to keep their energy up, 64-33.
Freshman guard Isabelle Delarue got her shot right tonight and hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Lady Bears and ended the game 79-51.
With this win, Calip tied for most wins in Lady Bear history with 104 career wins.
“We wanted to go out tonight and prove that we still own this state,” Calip said.
Tonight was the fourth largest Lady Bear crowd in JQH history with 5,288.
“First off I want to thank our fans,” head coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton said. “The atmosphere in there was crazy, Lady Bear nation really showed up.”
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