Jan 19, 2020 11:13 AM

Missouri women win at Ole Miss 71-57

Posted Jan 19, 2020 11:13 AM

OXFORD, Miss. – Mizzou Women's Basketball (5-14, 2-4 SEC) earned its first road win of the season Sunday, as the Tigers defeated Ole Miss (7-11, 0-5 SEC), 71-57, at the Pavilion. Mizzou was led by freshman guard Aijha Blackwell (Berekley, Mo.), who recorded her third 20-point game of the season with 20 points, while adding eight rebounds and four assists.

Mizzou utilized big runs in the first and fourth quarter to seize momentum in the game. After Ole Miss scored the game’s first basket, the Tigers went on a 13-0 run to gain control of the game and take a 22-6 lead after the first quarter. However, Ole Miss fought back to tie the game in the third quarter, but Mizzou opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run game to recapture a double-digit lead and seal the victory.

TURNING POINT

Mizzou’s 11-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter was the spark needed to vault the Tigers to victory, as Ole Miss was never able get closer than nine points after the run. Mizzou’s seniors provided all 11 points during the run, as senior guard Jordan Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) scored five points, while senior guard Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) and redshirt senior forward Hannah Schuchts (Tallahassee, Fla.) each scored three.

TOP TIGERS

• Blackwell scored in double figures for the 10th time in the last 12 games and the 12th time overall with a team-leading 20 points. She also contributed eight rebounds and a team-high four assists in the game.

• Chavis scored 11 points and dished out three assists while shooting 3-of-5 from three.

• Senior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) scored eight points and had a team-high 10 rebounds.

NOTES

• With the win, Mizzou extends its winning streak over Ole Miss to 10 consecutive games, as the Tigers improve to 10-1 all-time against the Rebels. Since joining the SEC prior to the 2012-13 season, Mizzou has won every game against Ole Miss.

• Mizzou shot 49.0 percent from the field (24-for-49), its third-best shooting performance of the season and the 11th time this season Mizzou has shot 40 percent or better from the field.

• The Tigers were successful on 78.9 percent (15-for-19) of its trips to the charity stripe, the ninth time this season Mizzou has shot 75 percent or better from the free throw line.

• Mizzou outrebounded the Rebels, 38-26, marking its largest rebounding margin of the season (+12).

• The Tigers dished out 17 assists in the game, its third-best mark of the season.

• Blackwell’s 20 points paced the Tigers for the sixth time this season and marked her third career 20-point game. It also marked the 10th time in the last 12 games and the 12th game overall that Blackwell has scored in double figures.

• Blackwell grabbed eight rebounds in the game, her 15th game this season with five or more rebounds.

• The Tiger freshman also set a new career-high with three three-pointers in the game.

• With 11 points, Chavis scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and 19th time in her career.

• Chavis sank three shots from beyond the arc in the game, marking the 12th time this season and 35th time in her career she has made multiple three-pointers in a game.

• Junior guard Nadia Green (Chicago, Ill.) scored a career-high 11 points in the game, marking her second career game in double figures.

• Green also matched a career-high with five made free throws.

• Smith grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the game, marking the third time this season and the 16th time in her career she has grabbed double-digit rebounds.

• Schuchts recorded one block in the game, to move into a tie for eighth-place with Renee Kelly all-time at Mizzou with 118 career blocks.

UP NEXT

Mizzou will be off for the next week before once again hitting the road to face No. 12 Texas A&M on Sunday, Jan. 26. Tipoff from College Station is scheduled for 3 p.m.

--- Mizzou Athletics ---

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Jan 19, 2020 11:13 AM
Chiefs take down Titans 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl LIV

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 Sunday for the AFC championship.

In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco.

Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry.

At last, for the first time since 1970 and the third time overall, the Chiefs (14-4) are Super Bowl bound.

Adding to the joy of the achievement, coach Andy Reid and owner Clark Hunt accepted the Lamar Hunt Trophy -- named after his father -- emblematic of the AFC title.

Next up: chasing the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

As they had done in their past three "elimination" games, the sixth-seeded Titans (11-8) got started quickly. The difference at Arrowhead as opposed to Houston, New England and Baltimore was that the Chiefs had Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Damien Williams on offense, and a vastly upgraded defense from when they lost in last year's AFC title game.

A week after they overcame a 24-0 deficit against Houston, the Chiefs had to rally again.

Down 10-0 and 17-7, Kansas City didn't flinch, building a 35-17 lead while controlling the clock with a strong ground game. Naturally, Mahomes complemented that with sharp passing, spreading the ball on short and deep throws. The dagger came with a 60-yard completion to Watkins for the Chiefs' 28th straight point midway in the final period.

Mahomes thrust both arms in the air as the crowd sang "I Want To Dance With Somebody."

That somebody will be either the 49ers or Packers in two weeks. They were deciding the NFC crown later Sunday in California.

After taking a 3-0 lead on Greg Joseph's first field goal -- with Tennessee's penchant for scoring in the red zone, he hadn't been called upon in his previous four games with the team -- the Titans got a huge break. Bashaud Breeland appeared to make a diving interception, but replay review showed the ball hitting the ground.

Helped by consecutive offside penalties and a a fourth-down pass to Adam Humphries for his first career playoff reception, the Titans converted on, what else, Henry's 4-yard run.

Then the Chiefs got rolling, scoring on three successive series. Hill took it in on a shovel pass, later beat top Titans cornerback Logan Ryan for a 20-yard reception, and Mahomes finished the half with his brilliant jaunt down the left sideline with half the Tennessee defense seemingly expecting him to step out of bounds.

That gave the Chiefs a 21-17 lead. It went to 28-17 on Williams' 3-yard run to cap a seven-minute drive. Then Watkins toasted Logan for the clinching long pass.

Henry was held to 69 yards on 19 carries after rushing for 588 yards in the past three games as an unstoppable force. But the Chiefs easily outrushed the Titans on Sunday.

Mahomes had 53 of those yards and also was 23 for 35 for 294 yards passing.

TRICKERY

Last week, Henry threw a jump pass for a touchdown against Baltimore. On Sunday, Dennis Kelly emulated his coach, Mike Vrabel. He sneaked free for Ryan Tannehill's lob, falling back awkwardly but holding on for Tennessee's second TD. The backup tackle is the only offensive lineman since 2000 with two TDs receiving in a season. He also had one against Jacksonville.

Vrabel caught 12 touchdown passes as a linebacker, including one in the Super Bowl when his Patriots beat Reid's Eagles.

FOURTH DOWNS

Displaying the gambling nature of both coaches, fourth-down conversions were key on early scoring drives. Humphries, who missed the last six games with an ankle problem, caught a 3-yarder on fourth-and-2 at the KC 29. Two plays later, Henry scored.

On the Chiefs' ensuing possession, they went on fourth-and-2 from the Titans 28. Travis Kelce's 4-yard reception continued a march to Hill's first TD.

UP NEXT

Titans: Figuring out if they ran out of gas or were beaten by a more talented team as they head into the offseason.

Chiefs: The Tomahawk Chop will be heard at Hard Rock Stadium in the Super Bowl.

--- Associated Press ---