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NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP PRES. BY CAPITAL ONE - GREENSBORO REGION - 2ND ROUND - Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Iowa City, IA

Tigers' season ends

83 days ago
Missouri Athletics
Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

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.

Turning Point

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.

Top Tigers

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.