November 28, 2015

Record setting night for Mizzou freshman as Tigers improve to 4-0

Sophie Cunningham leads the SEC in scoring (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Sophie Cunningham leads the SEC in scoring (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham set a single-game Mizzou record with 42 points in the Tigers (4-0) 94-81 victory over Wake Forest (3-1) at Mizzou Arena on Sunday evening. Cunningham went 13-for-18 from the field and 6-for-8 from 3-point range in 33 minutes. She added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in her fourth career game.


Cunningham scored 25 points in the first half, going 9-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from long range during the first 20 minutes. In the second quarter alone, she scored 14 points. She broke the previous scoring record of 41 points by Renee Kelly set on Jan. 25, 1986 at Oklahoma.

The 42 points by Cunningham are the most in the SEC this season. She leads the conference in scoring with 21.5 points per game.

Junior guard Sierra Michaelis (Mercer, Mo.) added a season-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and a 4-for-8 mark from 3-point range.

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Drew Lock hands off to Russell Hansbrough (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Drew Lock hands off to Russell Hansbrough (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

4th Quarter Recap
Much of what we’ve seen this year from the Missouri offense was evident again Saturday against a stingy Tennessee Volunteers defense.  The offensive line didn’t give much time for Drew Lock to get settled in the pocket and the run game struggled, gaining just 223 total yards in a 19-8 defeat at Faurot Field.

The Tigers had just 62 yards of offense with five minutes left in the third.  The Tigers finally got on the board on a one yard scramble to the corner by Lock on a 4th down play early in the fourth quarter.  That came after Lock connected with Cam Hilton on a 22 yard pass that ruled down at the one.

Final game notes:

–Mizzou WR Keyon Dilosa had a career long 21 yard reception in the third quarter.

–WR Cam Hilton has a career high 41 yards receiving on two catches.

–C Evan Boehm set a school record with his 51st career start.

–LB Kentrell Brothers had his sixth straight game of 10+ tackles.

–The game time temperature of 28 was the coldest at Faurot Field under the Gary Pinkel era.

Bill Pollock and Mike Reeves discuss Pinkel’s final game at home.

Gary Pinkel carried off Faurot Field, Governor Jay Nixon’s exclusive comments (VIDEO)

Gary Pinkel is carried off the field following his final home game as head coach

Gary Pinkel is carried off the field following his final home game as head coach

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was carried off the field by senior lineman  Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern following the Tigers 19-8 loss to Tennessee.  This was Pinkel’s final home game as coach of the Tigers.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke with Pinkel before he stepped into the locker room, then joined Missourinet for a quick moment to share his thoughts on Pinkel.

As the players carried Pinkel off the field, Boehm said to his coach, “Sorry GP.”

Nixon called Pinkel “One of the good guys for all the right reasons.”

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Tennessee pitching a shutout through the half. #Mizzou held to 62 total yards through two quarters

Mizzou-Tennessee-2nd Quarter Recap
Aaron Medley kicked his third field goal of the game just two minutes into the quarter. The Tigers have held the Vols to 104 yards, as the defense has kept the game close despite Tennessee’s average starting position at midfield.

Mizzou put their first substantial drive together highlighted by a great pass and catch from Drew Lock to Keyon Dilosa for 21 yards to get the ball at the UT 44. Two plays later, Ish Witter fumbled giving the ball to the Vols at their 37.

Medley missed a 28 yard field goal floating it wide right. The deficit is still 9-0 for the Tigers.

Tennessee answered after another Mizzou drive stalled by going 10 plays, 63 yards, capped by an eight yard touchdown run from quarterback Josh Dobbs to make it 16-0 in the final minute of the half.

We’ll have postgame notes along with Gary Pinkel and player’s reactions after the game.