IOWA CITY, Iowa - Mizzou Women's Basketball (24-11, 10-6 SEC) dropped an NCAA Second Round contest to Iowa on Sunday afternoon, 68-52. The Tigers 2018-19 campaign comes to a close after 24 wins and a trip to the NCAA Tournament's Second Round for the third time in the last four seasons. Mizzou recorded 24 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1982-84 and reached the Big Dance in for the fourth consecutive season for the first time since 1983-86.
Junior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) led the way for Mizzou on offense with 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Mizzou had the momentum after a half court buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) end the first quarter, but Iowa turned the momentum quickly in the second quarter that saw the Hawkeyes outscore Mizzou, 19-7. Iowa scored 10 of its points in paint during the second frame, as Big Ten Player of the Year Megan Gustafson notched eight of her game-high 24 points in the second.
- Smith played the best NCAA Tournament game of her career, as she led the team in scoring with 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out four assists.
- In her final game as a Tiger, senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) scored eight points and had two assists.
- Also playing in her final game in the Black & Gold, senior forward Cierra Porter (Columbia, Mo.) scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.
- Mizzou now moves to 7-13 all-time in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- Coach Pingeton's three wins as Mizzou's head coach in the NCAA Tournament are the most by a Mizzou head coach, while seniors Cunningham and Porter are the only Tigers to record three wins in the NCAA Tournament.
- With a third quarter board, Smith notched her 500th career rebound in the game. She grabbed a team-high nine in the game and now has 504 career rebounds.
- Mizzou made nine three-pointers in the game, which matched its total from the Tigers first round matchup against Drake (March 22) for the most by a Mizzou team in the NCAA Tournament.