Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points to lead five players who scored in double figures as the Tigers picked up a 96-59 exhibition victory over Southwest Baptist on Wednesday evening at Mizzou Arena.
“We made great hustle plays from the start of the game to the finish,” head coach Robin Pingeton said. “It was nice to see how we look under the lights and in different rotations, and I think tonight’s exhibition game definitely served its purpose.”
Mizzou outscored the Bearcats 46-26 in the paint, 30-10 off of turnovers and 24-10 in second chance opportunities. Sophie Cunningham finished 9-for-12 shooting from the floor and also dished out three assists in 25 minutes of action. Jordan Frericks, Sierra Michaelis, Bri Porter and Kayla McDowell all scored in double digits.
Mackenzie Skupa led the Bearcats in scoring in their first exhibition of the season, scoring 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field. Natalie O’Keefe and Aliyah Isaac both added 8 points in the loss, while SBU had eight different players scoring five points. As a team, SBU shot 43.6% from the field, 29.4% from beyond the arc, and 100.0% from the free throw line.
SBU will continue exhibition play on Sunday, November 8 when they travel to Marquette. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mizzou returns to action on Monday, Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. CT exhibition finale vs. Quincy.