The Missouri women’s basketball team topped Iowa St. 67-59 at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday and in doing so made a little history. The victory, and Texas’ 79-67 loss to Texas A&M, secured at least a fourth-place finish in the Big 12, which will be MU’s best since the inception of the conference.
It was also the Tigers’ 20th victory of the season, a mark they haven’t reached in five years.
The Tigers buried the Cyclones early on by taking an 18-4 lead, when Tiffany Brooks hit a jumper with 9:53 to go in the first half. MU led by as many as 15 in the first half and enjoyed a 32-21 advantage at the half.
But Iowa St. wasn’t quite ready to give up. After the tigers went up 44-32 with 13:40 to go, ISU battled back with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 48-48 with 7:23 to go in the game.
That seemed to be all the wake up call MU needed, as they poured on the next 11 points of the game to go up 59-48 and never trailed again.
LaToya Bond and Christelle N’Garsanet were an amazing 1-2 punch for the Tigers—Bond had 22 and N’Garsanet added 20 to go with her 13 rebounds. Brooks and EeTisha Riddle added 10 apiece.
MU is currently tied for second in the Big 12 with Baylor—both teams are 10-4 in the league. With two games left, no one will catch Oklahoma with is a perfect 14-0 in the league. The Tigers are 20-6 overall. MU will travel to Kansas on Saturday and they host Nebraska next Wednesday in their regular season finale.
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