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Missouri dominates in win over Texas State

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Women's Basketball (12-0) continued its unselfish play in an 82-56 win over Texas State (5-5) Monday night at Mizzou Arena. The No. 25 Tigers assisted on 28 of 33 field goals, led by a career-high 14 assists from redshirt junior Lindsey Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.), who has 20 assists over the last two games. The 28 assists on Monday marked the fourth time this season Mizzou has had over 20 in a game. Last season, the Tigers accomplished the feat only twice.

"I was proud of our kids," head coach Robin Pingeton said. "I thought they played with a ton of toughness and resiliency."

Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) led the Tigers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Jordan Frericks (Quincy, Ill.) scored a season-high 19 points while senior guard Juanita Robinson (Chicago, Ill.) grabbed seven rebounds in reserve action.

The Tigers came out of the gates firing, connecting on five of the first six shot attempts before Texas State answered. Mizzou fell behind by as much as seven twice in the second quarter, but utilized a 13-2 run over the final 4:20 to lead 34-30 at the break, closing the half shooting 7-of-11 from the field. During the run, Mizzou forced four Bobcats turnovers. The Tigers assisted on 12 of 14 field goals in the half, including six assists from Lindsey Cunningham.

After Texas State took the lead on three separate occasions at the beginning of the third quarter, Mizzou went on an 18-1 run to regain the lead for good. Frericks scored six points and Sophie Cunningham scored four over the run, which started with 3:07 left in the third. In the fourth quarter, Mizzou outscored the Bobcats 27-8 to seal the 26-point victory. Cunningham and Frericks each shot a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half. Lindsey Cunningham accounted for 35 points in the game off of 14 assists and three free throws.

Kaitlin Walla led Texas State with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Tigers will hit the court again Tuesday, Dec. 29 when they host Charlotte. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT at Mizzou Arena on SEC Network Plus/WatchESPN.

For all the latest on Mizzou Women's Basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB) and like the team on Facebook (Mizzou Women's Basketball) and Instagram (MizzouWBB).

POSTGAME NOTES

  • With the win, Mizzou improved to 12-0 for the first time in school history. The 12-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest in Mizzou history. The longest is 13 in 1984-85 when the team went 22-9 and won the Big 8 with a 12-2 mark in league play under Joann Rutherford. Mizzou also won 12 straight games in 2005-06.
  • Mizzou now leads the all-time series with Texas State 2-0. The only other meeting between the two teams was in 2007.
  • Monday marked the first time since Nov. 11-12, 2011, that Mizzou played on back-to-back days (non-tournament games). That year, Mizzou opened its season at Texas-San Antonio with a 70-50 win before going to Texas A&M Corpus Christi the following day. Mizzou won that game, 75-58.
  • Mizzou is now 4-0 this season when playing games on consecutive days. Under Coach Pingeton, Mizzou is 10-6 when playing on consecutive days.
  • Mizzou closed the half on a 13-2 run over the final 4:20 to take a 34-30 lead into the half.
  • Mizzou hit seven of its final 11 shots from the field in the first half with four of the makes coming from beyond the arc. Mizzou forced four Texas State turnovers in that span as well.
  • Mizzou continued its trend of playing team basketball on Monday, assisting on 28 of 33 field goals, including 12 of 14 in the first half. On the year, Mizzou has assisted on 225 of 338 field goals (67-percent).
  • Mizzou dished out a season-high 28 assists for the second time this year. The Tigers also had 28 assists at Saint Mary's on Nov. 28. Over the last two days, Mizzou has registered 45 assists.
  • Redshirt junior Lindsey Cunningham finished the game with a career-high 14 assists. The 14 assists are just one shy of the school record 15 set by Dee-Dee Polk on March 6, 1984. Cunningham's double-digit assist performance marks the first for Mizzou since Lianna Doty had 10 on Dec. 16, 2013 vs. Belmont.
  • Without attempting a field goal, Lindsey Cunningham was responsible for 35 of Mizzou's 82 points as her 14 assists aided 32 Mizzou points and she tallied three more points from the charity stripe.
  • Over the last two games, Mizzou has assisted on 85 percent of its field goals (55-of-65).
  • Monday's game saw 3,844 people attend the game. That is the 15th-largest crowd in program history and the third consecutive home game with at least 3,300 fans.
  • Junior Jordan Frericks scored eight points in the third quarter and she finished the game with 19 points, marking the eighth time this season she has cracked double figures. The 19 points are a new season high.
  • Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham tallied a team-high 21points in the win, the 10th time this season she has scored in double figures and her fifth over 20, including two straight.
  • Mizzou used an 18-1 run over a span of 4:49 between the third and fourth quarters to pull away.
  • Mizzou outscored Texas State 27-8 in the fourth quarter.
  • Mizzou outscored Texas State 48-12 in the paint on Monday and the Mizzou bench outscored Texas State's bench 30-13, with 21 of those 30 points coming from the Stock sisters.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Mizzou head coach Robin Pingeton

Opening Statement...

"Once again, I thank you all for being here. We really appreciate the fan support. I can't thank everyone enough for coming out and being a part of this journey with us. I'm really happy for our players. Give credit to Texas State. They gave the first punch and played with a lot of toughness and tenacity. They did a great job with taking away our transition game. Once we made the adjustment with that and settled in a little bit things seemed to get better for us. I really liked when we went to our four guard rotation. I was proud of our kids. I thought they played with a ton of toughness and resiliency. We talked at halftime that we got to come out and throw the first punch. We had to start out the second half and play with the kind of energy that we finished up with in the first half. It was a good win against a very feisty Texas State team."

On how big Morgan Stock and Maddie Stock's performances were tonight...

"I talked about it again today at our shoot around. The importance of everyone being invested with the front of the jersey. On any given night there's a number of kids that can step up for us. I was really happy to see Maddie and Morgan step up and have this kind of night. We talked a lot on how this night was coming for them. We were really going to need them to step up to the plate at some point. I thought tonight was that night. They brought great energy and knocked down some shots. They did some really nice things for us."

On Lianna Doty's performance tonight...

"I think she really played well too. She has spent a lot of time on her shot. She had good takes to the rim. Defensively, I think she's guarding really well. She probably deserved a few more minutes than she got today. She's in a good place mentally too. She does whatever she can to contribute to this team."

On Frericks' dominating second half performance...

"I think Jordan got a little bothered and more aggressive. She needs to do that. She needs to have that chip on her shoulder. She's got to be able to finish through contact. I thought she did a really good job with that in the second half."

Redshirt junior guard Lindsey Cunningham

On whether she knew she was one assist away from tying the school record...

"No, I wasn't. Sophie (Cunningham) did I think. I wasn't aware and I wasn't worried about that. I knew I had to do whatever I needed to get a win tonight. Credit goes to my teammates for finishing behind the arc and inside."

On why her assists came in bunches tonight...

"I credit our girls inside and the way they were playing defense. They were able to post Texas State's small girls up and finish. I'm not really sure where all my assists came from but I think a lot were inside. People were hitting at the right time for us."

Junior forward Jordan Frericks

On the team's adjustment to attack down low in the second half...

"We didn't really talk about it. We just found our people down low in the second half. Obviously, Lindsey (Cunningham) got the ball to us too and we knocked the shots down. I think in the second half we had the mentality that we needed to get open and knock down our shots. That's what we did."

On attacking and wanting the ball more in the second half...

"I don't think my mindset was any different from what it was in the first half. I was just posting up strong. Coach Pingeton said we had to get up and finish and draw contact. Cierra (Porter) and I took that message and went out and produced. I think our teammates found us more in the second half. They did a great job of delivering us the ball."

Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham

On how the team reacted in the locker room after a close first half...

"I think the Stock twins did a great job of picking us up at the end of the first half. We just had to stay calm. We knew we needed to fix some things. We just had to stay positive and stay together and that's what we did in the second half."

On what Coach Pingeton said in the huddle during a key timeout...

"She just said that it was ourselves that was stopping us. After she said that we went out and produced and that's what we needed to hear get going."