COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou Women's Basketball dominated from start to finish on Friday, advancing to the Cal Classic championship game with a convincing 73-50 victory over Coppin State. All 13 active Tigers saw the court and 10 different Tigers found the scoring column, led by junior Sophie Cunningham's 15 points. Mizzou outrebounded Coppin State, 45-25, and held a significant advantage down low, outpacing CSU 30-8 in points in the paint. Thirty-three of the Tigers' 73 points came from the bench as Mizzou used a team effort to secure its fourth consecutive victory.
Mizzou nearly went wire-to-wire, leading for 37 minutes of game clock. The Tigers raced out to an early lead and coasted to a 23-point win, their largest margin of victory this season and largest since a 100-65 win over Ole Miss on Feb. 23. With the score tied at 6-6 at the 7:07 mark, Mizzou put together a 16-6 run to close the opening quarter and push in front, 22-12. Coppin State grabbed just seven rebounds in the first half while Mizzou corralled 27 boards. CSU was limited to just 15 field goal attempts in the first 20 minutes, converting only five of them. Mizzou's gritty defense and edge on the glass proved to be too much and allowed the Tigers to build a commanding advantage it would never surrender.
Cunningham led Mizzou with 15 points in just 20 minutes of action. She has reached double figures in 16 consecutive games dating back to last season. Porter played 15 minutes and recorded 12 points and eight rebounds, making 5-of-9 field goal attempts. Freshman Emmanuelle Tahane scored a career-high four points and added a career-high five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 15 impressive minutes. Redshirt sophomore Hannah Schuchts chipped in her first eight points of the season and added three rebounds and a blocked shot. Notes
Freshmen Nadia Green and Kelsey Winfrey both scored their first career points on Friday. Green finished with four points while Winfrey finished with three. Mizzou's 45 rebounds Friday were its most in a game since grabbing 48 against UC-Riverside on Dec. 19, 2016. The 23-point win was Mizzou's largest margin of victory in nonconference play since beating Missouri State 73-49 on Dec. 2, 2016. Mizzou saw 10 different players score on Friday, the most in a single game this season. Mizzou is currently riding its fourth win streak of four or more games since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
No. 23 Mizzou squares off with No. 21 California in the Cal Classic championship game. Tip is set for 2 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed at Pac-12.com.