Bri Kulas put up another double-digit game, netting 18 points in tonight's contest.
Dec. 8, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Another balanced and impressive offensive performance guided Mizzou (8-2) to an easy win as the Tigers beat down the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions by a 97-59 final on Saturday (Dec. 8) at Mizzou Arena. The effort on the offensive end was the most impressive in a single game since putting up 100 points against Murray State on December 3, 2005. The Tigers won the bench scoring battle 60-8, led by the impressive efforts of Morgan Eye and Maddie Stock, who had 19 and 17 points off the bench, respectively.
Several Tigers hit career highs in points in the contest, with both Maddie Stock and Morgan Stock (6) notching bests as well as Michelle Hudyn (6) and Darian Saunders (8). Bri Kulas was also impressive in the game with 18 points, just two shy of a career high. Mizzou was strong on the glass in the contest as well, beating UAPB in the second-chance points battle, 15-4.
The Golden Lions kept the game tight with the Tigers through the first media timeout, forcing a 10-10 tie with Lianna Doty, Sydney Crafton, and Kulas scoring for the Tigers. UAPB came out of the break hot, scoring the first four points, but Kulas quickly answered with a layup to cut into the lead, and after a Liz Smith free throw, Morgan Eye hit her first shot of the game for a 15-14 lead.
After the second media timeout, Eye scored the next five points for Mizzou, including a deep three, leading the Tigers to a 20-17 lead. Morgan Stock hit a free throw and Crafton made another layup to build the lead to six, and another three from Eye put the Tigers up 26-17. The Lions held the deficit after another media timeout, draining a three to keep the deficit to eight after a Kulas three extended it to 11 at one point.
Kulas put the Tigers up double-digits at the 5-minute mark with a layup in transition, and five straight free throws from Eye and Crafton boosted the Tigers to a 15-point lead. Kulas maintained the large advantage with a layup after UAPB scored, and a Doty layup as time expired in the half put Missouri up 41-24.
The teams traded buckets as play resumed, and Kulas hit a three to give Mizzou a 20-point lead. After a UAPB bucket, Crafton maintained the 20-point lead on a beautiful baseline drive to force a timeout. After four straight points by the Golden Lions, Mizzou went on a 7-0 run powered by Hudyn with four points and Eye with another three, putting Mizzou up 56-33.
Eye rose for another three after two buckets by UAPB, and Kulas added another layup minutes later to maintain the 22-point lead, and Morgan Stock drained a three to get on the board and stretch the lead to 23 after a Golden Lion bucket. The Tigers then went on a 13-1 run, with Maddie Stock scoring eight points and Saunders and Kyley Simmons each getting on the board for the first time in the contest to take a 77-42 lead.
Saunders, Hudyn, and Maddie Stock answered a 4-0 run by the Golden Lions with back-to-back layups and a three for an 84-47 lead before a three by the Golden Lions at the final media timeout. Morgan Stock and Maddie Stock both hit from deep after the break, and Saunders hit another layup to push the Tigers over the 90-point mark for the second time in as many games.
The team will now have a week off from action before taking on Southern Illinois on Sunday (Dec. 16) at home. Keep up with Mizzou women's hoops by following the team on Twitter (@MissouriWBB) or by checking in to MUTigers.com.
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