Nov. 21, 2013
Box Score |
Columbia, Mo. -
The Missouri Women's Basketball team opened up the second half with a 17-4 run, and held off a late SEMO rally to earn a 62-57 victory Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Senior Bri Kulas posted a career-high 27 points on 10-19 shooting en route to the Tigers fourth straight win to start the 2013-2014 campaign.
Missouri cruised past Evansville last week with efficient shooting from long range and this week the Tigers showed their versatility by overwhelming SEMO down low. The Redhawks had no answer down the stretch as Mizzou scored 20 points in the paint in the second half to earn the gritty win. Two Redhawks forwards spent most of the night in foul trouble, a byproduct of Kulas and company attacking the basket en route easy buckets.
Kulas, a senior, set the tone early, recording each of Missouri's first eight points. However, SEMO battled back behind hot shooting from Kara Wright. The sophomore guard scored a team-high 26 points. She hit four three-pointers in the first half, allowing the Redhawks to build a 32-23 lead at halftime.
Mizzou flipped the script in the second half. The Tigers pulled within one after a
Kulas layup with just under 15 minutes to go. On the ensuing possession, Missouri's pressure defense forced a turnover. Kulas capitalized, netting a jumper on the offensive end to hand the Tigers the lead. Freshmen forwards Kayla McDowell and Jordan Frericks followed with back-to-back buckets and SEMO never led again. McDowell and Frericks combined for 15 points and 11 rebounds to complement Kulas' big night and after hitting four treys in the first half, Wright would not get off another attempt from deep in the second half.
With two minutes left, the Redhawks closed the gap, clipping Missouri's lead to 60-57. But Maddie Stock and Bree Fowler iced the game with clutch free throws to help the Tigers improve to 4-0 on the season.
Missouri will put its perfect record on the line Saturday when the team hits the road to face Tennessee-Martin. The game tips off at 7:00 p.m.
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