Feb 07, 2020 3:13 AM

Mizzou women snap 3-game skid with win at Georgia 73-65

Posted Feb 07, 2020 3:13 AM

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.

TURNING POINT

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.

TOP TIGERS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

NOTES

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Blackwell’s 11 rebounds marked her second game with 10+ boards, and the 19th time she has at least five rebounds. 
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Chavis moved to seventh all-time in program history with 139 threes, passing Morgan Stock (138, 2012-16).
  11. The Lexington, N.C. native set career-high in free throws made, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
  12. 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).
  13. 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).

UP NEXT

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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Feb 07, 2020 3:13 AM
No. 1 Bearcats avenge only loss with 81-47 blowout of UCM

MARYVILLE, Missouri - The No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State Bearcat men's basketball team thumped the visiting Central Missouri Mules, 81-47.

The Bearcats won their 13th straight game and moved to 21-1 overall. The Bearcats are now 11-1 in MIAA and have won 46 of their last 47 home league contests. Central Missouri falls to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in MIAA play.

Northwest extended its home-court win streak to 29 in a row. Northwest has won 67 of its last 69 home games overall.

Northwest made seven of its first 10 three-pointers to build a comfortable 31-14 lead over Central Missouri. Redshirt freshman Luke Waters made his first four shots from the field and tallied 11 of Northwest's first 22 points. Waters would later find himself in foul trouble which limited him to only 13 points in 18 minutes of action.

The Bearcat scoring duo of junior Ryan Hawkins and sophomore Trevor Hudgins were spot on again. Hawkins collected his fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds. Hawkins went 11-of-15 from the field and was 5-of-8 from distance. Hudgins earned his 13th 20-point scoring contest on the season with 20 points and six assists. Hudgins sank 6-of-8 field goals - all from three-point land - in the 34-point triumph.

Northwest shot 60.5% from the field, which included 55.2% from three-point range. Northwest knocked in 16-of-29 three-pointers against the Mules. Northwest has drained at least 10 three-pointers in each of its last four games.

Northwest extended its defense in the second half and did not allow Central Missouri to score until a pair of free throws from Shae Wyatt with 11:18 remained on the second-half clock. UCM would not make a second-half field goal until 9:44 was left in the game.

Northwest will remain home and will take on the Lincoln Blue Tigers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Bearcat Arena.

NOTES: UCM had won the earlier matchup between the two schools in Warrensburg, 72-60 ... Northwest has defeated UCM the last six times they have matched up in Bearcat Arena ... Diego Bernard tallied four points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals ... Northwest won the rebounding battle, 32-15 ... Northwest has compiled a home record of 121-9 since the start of the 2011-12 season ... Northwest is 12-0 at home this season ... Tyler Dougherty and Ryan Welty moved their Northwest records to 121-6 - moving within six victories of tying Dray Starzl's school record of 127 wins ... Hawkins becomes the seventh Bearcat to record 600 rebounds in his career (603).

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