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WEST PALM INVITATIONAL - Massimino Court - Fort Lauderdale, FL

No. 16 Mizzou opens West Palm Invite with win vs. IU

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - A strong second half propelled Mizzou Women's Basketball to an emphatic 75-55 victory over Indiana in its opening game of the West Palm Invitational on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers held Indiana to its worst shooting performance of the season (36.7 percent) and outscored the Hoosiers 47-34 in the final 20 minutes. Junior Sophie Cunningham poured in a game-high 19 points and redshirt junior Lauren Aldridge added nine points and six assists. Mizzou has now won 10 consecutive games, its longest winning streak since securing 13 straight victories to open the 2015-16 campaign.

Turning Point

With Mizzou holding a five-point lead early in the second half, Cunningham caught fire. After not scoring in the opening half, she ripped off 17 points in the third quarter alone and Mizzou's advantage swelled to 56-35 by the end of the frame. Cunningham cashed in the charity stripe with a pair of free throws following an IU technical foul to get the big quarter rolling. She then scored nine consecutive points for the Tigers at one point and made four 3-pointers as Mizzou put together a game-sealing 25-7 run to go up by more than 20. Indiana made just five field goals the entire third quarter.

Top Tigers

  • Cunningham finished with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting in just 22 minutes of action. In the last two games combined, she's now scored 54 points on just 25 shots in only 51 minutes. In that span, she is 11-of-18 from beyond the arc.
  • Aldridge played a team-high 27 minutes and scored at least nine points for the third time this season. She recorded six assists and has now dished six or more in a game five times. She did all that while being tasked with guarding All-American Tyra Buss for the majority of the game.
  • Sophomore Amber Smith chipped in 10 points, including eight key points in the first half with Cunningham saddled with foul trouble. Mizzou is 10-0 when Smith has reached double figures in her career.
  • Redshirt sophomore Hannah Schuchts scored five points and added five rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots in 14 solid minutes off the bench. She is the first Tiger with five blocked shots in a game since Cierra Porter swatted five shots against Alabama on Jan. 8, 2017.
  • Freshman guard Elle Brown chipped in a career-high seven points, draining her second career triple and converting 4-of-4 free throw attempts. She is now 6-of-6 at the foul line this season.