ATHENS, Ga. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball earned its third SEC win of the season on Thursday, as the Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 73-65, at Stegeman Coliseum. Mizzou played its best when it mattered most, as the Tigers committed zero turnovers, made 13-of-14 shots from the free throw line and outscored the Bulldogs 25-16 in the game’s final quarter.
Freshman guard Aijha Blackwell (Berkeley, Mo.) recorded her second career double-double as she paced the Tigers with 26 points and 11 rebounds, both career-highs.
Down one point entering the fourth quarter, Blackwell and senior guard Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) started the final period with back-to-back threes, giving Mizzou a five-point lead. From that point on, the Bulldogs were never able to come closer than five points from Mizzou, as the Tigers sank 92.9 percent (13-of-14) of its shots from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
- Blackwell was impressive once again, as she led the Tigers in points (26) and rebounds (11) while shooting 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-3 from three and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
- Senior guard Jordan Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) was crucial for Mizzou, scoring 16 points while shooting 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from three and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
- Freshman forward Hayley Frank (Strafford, Mo.) scored nine points and had five rebounds in the game while sinking a perfect 4-of-4 shots from the free throw line.
- Mizzou shot 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line, marking the 13th time this season the Tigers have shot over 75 percent or better from the line and the 11th time they have made at least 80 percent from the charity stripe. The Tigers continue to lead the SEC in free throw percentage at 74.8 percent (308-for-412) this season.
- Mizzou shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the field, the 13th time this season they have shot 40 percent or better in a game.
- The Tigers made 10 threes in the game, the sixth time this season they have made double-digit threes. Mizzou shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from deep, its second-best mark of the season and the fourth time they have shot 50 percent or better from three.
- Blackwell continued her spectacular freshman campaign, as she recorded her fourth 20-point game and second double-double of the season while setting career-highs in points (26), rebounds (11), three-pointers (three) and free throws made (nine).
- Blackwell is one of three Tiger freshmen in program history to record four 20-point games, joining Julie Helm (11, 1996-97) and Sophie Cunningham (10, 2015-16). She has now scored in double figures in 14 of her last 16 games, and in 16 games overall this season.
- Blackwell’s 11 rebounds marked her second game with 10+ boards, and the 19th time she has at least five rebounds.
- The Tiger freshman moved up four spots on the Mizzou freshmen scoring list, as she now ranks sixth with 317 points, passing Kesha Bonds (310, 1995-96), Joni Davis (309, 1995-96), Kathy Stevenson (293, 1976-77) and Sharon Farrah (292, 1975-76).
- With 16 points, Chavis scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and the 21st time in her career. It was also the second time this season and the fifth time in her career she has scored 15+ points.
- The Tiger senior drained three shots from beyond the three-point line in the game, marking the 15th time this season and 38th time in her career she has made multiple three-pointers.
- Chavis moved to seventh all-time in program history with 139 threes, passing Morgan Stock (138, 2012-16).
- The Lexington, N.C. native set career-high in free throws made, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
- With nine points, senior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) moved 22nd on Mizzou’s all-time scoring list with 1,214 points, passing Shakara Jones (1,206 points, 2007-11).
- Frank, the SEC’s leader in free throw percentage, was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line to improve to 91.4 percent (64-of-70) from the charity stripe this season. She is currently on pace to have the best free throw shooting season in program history, as she ranks ahead of Carlynn Savant (.912, 2006-07).
Mizzou will stay on the road for its next contest, as the Tigers head to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU on Monday, Feb. 10. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
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