The Mizzou women came back to beat Wright State 82-80 in the Tigers home opener at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night. A pair of free throws from Sophie Cunningham with 1.4 seconds to go was the difference. The Tigers ended the game on a 17-5 run.
Redshirt senior forward Jordan Frericks led the way scoring 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Frericks continued her hot start to the season, becoming just the fourth Tiger ever to open a season with three games of 20 or more points. Frericks joins Julie Helm (1998), Ericka Fields (1999), and Renee Kelly (1987). Frericks was 12 of 19 at the free throw line, a new career high for attempts.
Cunningham ended with 19 points, grabbing four rebounds, and three assists.
Frericks also came up big on the defensive end, blocking a three-point attempt with the game tied at 78-78 with under a minute to play. Frericks took it the length of the floor and missed her layup, but Lauren Aldridge was there to follow, giving the Tigers their first lead since midway in the third quarter.
After Wright State tied the game at 80-80, the Tigers held the ball with eight seconds remaining. Cunningham drove the lane and drew contact before making her two free throws.
The win kept Mizzou’s streak alive of 47 straight wins at home against non-conference opponents in the regular season.