Kyley Simmons returned to the starting lineup in Sunday's contest against Southern Illinois.
Dec. 16, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou women's basketball team improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating Southern Illinois, 110-47, on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16) at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers shot a season-high 57.1-percent from the floor in the win while surpassing the century mark for the 35th time in program history and just the sixth time since 2000. The 110 points for the Tigers are the ninth-best total in program history.
Six Tigers scored in double-figures in the win led by 22 from both Bri Kulas (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) and freshman Maddie Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) as the 22 points for both players are new career-bests. Stock has now reset her career-high scoring in two straight games. Stock scored all 22 of her points in the second half, at one point scoring 16 straight in just under three minutes. She went 8-of-9 from the floor in the second half, including 6-of-7 from distance.
Sydney Crafton (Jefferson City, Mo.) finished the game with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting while senior center Liz Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) scored 10, marking just the second double-figure scoring game in her career, both coming over the last three games. Liene Priede (Riga, Latvia) scored 10 points while freshman point guard Lianna Doty (St. Louis, Mo.) added 11 points and seven assists. In all, 11 of the 12 Tigers to play on Sunday scored.
As a team, the Tigers buried 12 3-pointers, marking the fifth straight game that the Tigers have hit at least 10 from distance as Mizzou is averaging 38.4 points per game from the 3-point line in its five-game homestand. The Tigers assisted on 23 of 41 field goals and outscored the Salukis in the paint, 44-16. The Tigers also out-rebounded SIU, 45-34, as Darian Saunders (Tuscon, Ariz.) led the way with six.
The Tigers got off to a slow start as they did not get on the board until the 17:23 mark after a nice turnaround jumper by Smith. That sparked an 8-0 Tiger run as the Tiger defense limited SIU without a field goal for more than seven minutes. The Tigers during that span were on fire, highlighted by the play of Smith, who hit four of her first five shots as Mizzou opened a 23-13 lead by the under-12 media timeout.
The Tigers expanded the lead to 27-13 at the under eight timeout and never looked back, opening a 47-28 advantage at the half. Mizzou shot 18-of-32 in the first, good for a first half season-best 56.3-percent clip from the floor. Seven Tigers scored in the first half, led by nine from Kulas and eight apiece from Priede and Smith.
Coming out of the locker room, Mizzou kept its hot shooting touch as it extended its lead to 71-37 after a layup from Morgan Eye (Montrose, Mo.). From there it was all Tigers as they scored 63 points in the second half, their most in a half all season, while shooting a blistering 59.0-percent from the floor in the second.
Mizzou will be back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 18) against Morgan State. For all the latest on Mizzou women's basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MissouriWBB.
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