Feb. 16, 2014
Auburn, Ala. - A hot start helped the Mizzou Tigers earn a 68-58 win over Auburn on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Tigers carried a 42-14 lead into halftime thanks to two Tiger freshmen. Both Sierra Michaelis and Kayla McDowell earned the start and came out with eight and nine first-half points, respectively. With Sunday's win, the Tigers improve to 15-10 overall and 4-8 SEC.
McDowell finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds, just short of her third-career double-double. Freshman Jordan Frericks also finished strong with eight points and seven rebounds total. Junior Morgan Eye led the Tigers on the game, tallying 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from distance.
The Tigers shot a scorching 48-percent from the field in the first half to take a 42-14 lead into the locker room, led by nine points and seven rebounds from freshman Kayla McDowell. McDowell and fellow freshman Sierra Michaelis both earned in the starting lineup on Sunday. The start was the second for McDowell and first Michaelis who put up eight points in the first half, adding three rebounds to her tally.
The Tigers held Auburn to just 21.4-percent shooting in the first half and 10-percent from distance. Mizzou was able to capitalize on Auburn turnovers in the first half, recording 13 points on 10 AU turnovers. Not only that, but Mizzou outrebounded Auburn 28-10 in the first half.
Auburn came out ready to fight in the second half going on a 10-0 run, but Mizzou wouldn't let up. The Tigers maintained their lead throughout the half, only allowing Auburn to get within nine points. Mizzou locked down the three-point line, only allowing one Auburn trey in each half. Auburn shot 11.8-percent from distance in the game and 32.3-percent from the field.
The Tigers will head out for another road contest next Thursday at Florida. The Tigers and Gators tip-off at 6 p.m. in a contest that will air on Florida's Sun Sports.
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