Kayla McDowell earned her first-career double double.
Nov. 8, 2013
St. Louis, Mo. - Women's Basketball earned its first win of the season at Saint Louis on Friday evening (Nov. 8). The Tigers sailed to a 74-59 victory over the Billikens, led by freshman Kayla McDowell. Earning her first-career double-double, McDowell finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Mizzou. Overall, Mizzou's crop of four newcomers accounted for 34 points in tonight's victory.
McDowell earned the start in the season opening contest and did not disappoint as she put up a team-leading seven points in the first half and grabbed four defensive rebounds. Freshman Jordan Frericks was also a defensive asset, tallying six rebounds in the first half. Missouri dominated in the lane as the Tigers hit 18 points in the paint to the Billikens' four in the first half.
Missouri defense started off strong, as the Tigers held off the Billikens for the first four minutes of the game. Mizzou led Saint Louis 4-0 to start off the game, and held the lead until close to halftime. Saint Louis' Sadie Stipanovich, daughter of Mizzou great, Steve Stipanovich, hit a jumper with just over two minutes in the half to bring the Billikens within two. A breakaway layup for the Billikens tied things up at 32 less than 30 seconds later. Junior Morgan Eye took control of the situation and put Mizzou back in the lead with a clutch three-pointer.
Mizzou held on to the lead through the second half with McDowell and Frericks continuing to show their strength on the floor. Frericks finished the game just one point away from her first-career double double. The Billikens kept the pressure on the Tigers in the second half, but the Tigers capitalized on Saint Louis fouls, making 21 of 23 shots from the charity stripe in the game. Junior Bree Fowler turned it on in the second half, stepping into more of a leadership role as she scored all seven of her game points after the halftime break.
The Tigers will open the home slate on Sunday at Mizzou Arena, tipping off against SIUE at 2 p.m.
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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