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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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