Michaelis' Career Night Carries Tigers over Gators, 81-76

Michaelis notched her first career double-double at UF tHURSDAY.

Michaelis notched her first career double-double at UF tHURSDAY.

Feb. 20, 2014

Box Score

Gainesville, Fla. - It was a career night for freshman Sierra Michaelis as she knocked down a career-best 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on her way to her first-career double-double. Michaelis again earned the start for the Tigers, helping Mizzou earn an 81-76 win over the Florida Gators. The Tigers improve to 16-10 overall and 5-8 in SEC play.

Mizzou knocked down 12 three-pointers thanks to a 6-for-10 effort from Morgan Eye and a 4-for-6 effort from Michaelis. Not only that, but senior Bri Kulas and freshman Jordan Frericks also put up double figures with 19 and 12 points, respectively. It is the seventh time this season that four or more Tigers have reached double-figures in a game.

The first half of play was hard fought as both teams were fighting to get on top early. After a brief Gator lead, the Tigers pulled ahead thanks to a Michaelis free throw. The two teams stayed close throughout the half, however, and the Gators took a 34-30 advantage into the locker room at the half. Despite the Gator lead on the scoreboard, the Tigers had the advantage on the glass, outrebounding Florida 24-18 in the first half. Once again Michaelis led the Tigers in the first half, going into the break with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Gators maintained their lead throughout the second half, with the Tigers close behind. Mizzou kept the home team close, often within just one point. Michaelis tied the score up at 59 with less than 10 minutes to play, and Kulas hit the go-ahead three-pointer just before the under-8 media break. The Gators tied things up once again with less than two minutes to play, but Kulas hit a free throw to hold on to the 73-72 lead. The Tigers played smart defense, limiting their fouls to the end of the game. Kulas made two consecutive trips to the free-throw line to close out the game and keep Mizzou in the lead.



Mizzou hosts Tennessee for the annual Blackout contest this Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear black, and the first 500 fans to arrive will receive a free black Mizzou t-shirt, courtesy of The Den. The Tigers will also welcome back several women's basketball alumni in a special halftime recognition.

For more news and updates on Mizzou Women's Basketball, check in to MUTigers.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB), Instagram (@MizzouWBB) and Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouWBB).

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