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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT - 1ST ROUND - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - Greenville, SC

Mizzou holds off Ole Miss rally to move on

92 days ago
Missouri Athletics

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mizzou Women's Basketball (9-21, 5-11 SEC) opened up the 2020 SEC Tournament with a 64-53 win over Ole Miss (7-23, 0-16 SEC) on Wednesday in Greenville, S.C. With the win, Mizzou has now won four of its last six games in the SEC Tournament dating back to the 2018 Tournament.

Mizzou shot the ball incredibly efficiently in the game, as the Tigers made 50.0 percent of its shots from the field (23-of-46) and 45.0 percent of its shots from three (9-of-20). Mizzou improved to 4-0 on the season when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.

TURNING POINT

Mizzou opened up the game in the third quarter, leading by as much as 25 with 1:19 remaining in the quarter following a layup from junior guard Elle Brown (Columbia, Mo.). Mizzou outscored Ole Miss, 25-13, coming out of the locker room, extending its lead from 10 points to 22 at 59-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

TOP TIGERS

  • Freshman guard Aijha Blackwell (Berkeley, Mo.) led the team in scoring for the 14th time this season with 16 points, six points and three blocks.
  • Senior guard Jordan Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) had 11 points and made three shots from beyond the three-point arc.
  • Senior guard Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) led the team in rebounds and assists with eight and four, respectively, while scoring five points.

NOTES

  • Mizzou shot an impressive 50 percent from the field (23-of-46), its fourth game this season shooting 50 percent or better. Mizzou moved to 4-0 on the season when hitting that mark.
  • The Tigers also shot very well from three, connecting on 45.0 percent from deep (9-of-20), its seventh time shooting better than 40 percent from deep this season, and the first since a road victory over Georgia on Feb. 6.
  • Blackwell paced Mizzou in scoring for the 14th time this season with a team-high 16 points. It marked her 14th consecutive game scoring in double figures and 23rd overall this season.
  • With 16 points, Blackwell moved to second on Mizzou's freshmen scoring list with 453 points, surpassing Sophie Cunningham (448, 2015-16). Blackwell now just trails Julie Helm (515, 1996-97).
  • Blackwell grabbed six rebounds to continue her streak of five or more rebounds in the last 17 games. She has snagged at least five broads in 26 games this season.
  • Chavis scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and the 23rd time in her career with 11 points.
  • The Tiger senior connected on three shots from the three-point line in the game, the 19th time this season and 42nd time in her career she has made multiple three-pointers.
  • Roundtree set a new career high in assists with four, surpassing her previous high of three, which she set seven times before.
  • Freshman forward Hayley Frank (Strafford, Mo.) matched a career high with three assists in the game, the fourth time she has hit that mark this season.

UP NEXT

Mizzou will next play the Tennessee, the No. 6 seed in the bracket. Tipoff from Bon Secours Arena is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m. CT. on SEC Network.