Missouri steps up defensively vs. Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Women's Basketball (18-7, 7-4) cruised to a 69-46 victory over Vanderbilt (6-17, 1-9) on Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. With the win, head coach Robin Pingeton recorded her 500th career victory as the Tiger improved to 6-0 at Mizzou in SEC play.
Senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) led the charge, scoring 27 points and tallying eight rebounds. Senior forward Cierra Porter (Columbia, Mo.) contributed 15 points, a season-high, and snagged 7 rebounds. The Tigers also scored 12 second-chance points, largely thanks to sophomore forward Emmanuelle Tahane (Bondy, France) pulling down five offensive boards.
The Tiger offense started the game on fire, opening the game on a 12-2 run. Cunningham led the team as she drilled four three-pointers in the first five minutes of the game. The defense also chipped in, holding Vanderbilt to just 15 points in the first half. The Tiger defense also held the Commodores to only seven field goals in the first half.
With 27 points and eight rebounds, Cunningham continued her recent dominance. She now has scored 20+ points 11 times this season. Cunningham also tied a career-high in three-pointers as she drilled seven shots from beyond the arc. Porter tallied 15 points and snagged seven rebounds. Her 15 points are the most she has scored since returning to the court this season. Tahane pulled down eight rebounds, a career-high, while scoring six points. The sophomore forward also snagged five offensive boards, a season-high.
Pingeton notched her 500th career victory with the win over Vanderbilt. At Mizzou alone, she now has 165 victories. Among active head coaches, she stands in second place in the SEC and 32nd overall among Division-I head coaches.
Next, Mizzou hits the road as the Tigers are set to battle No. 6 Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. (CT), and will be broadcast live on SEC Network.