Sophie Cunningham returned after missing one game with a knee sprain and scored 27 points as the No. 15-ranked Mizzou Women’s Basketball team defeated No. 4 South Carolina, 83-74, Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. It’s the second straight year the Tigers (14-2, 2-1 SEC) have beaten the Gamecocks, and Mizzou is now responsible for two of the defending champion’s last three losses.

With the win against No. 4 South Carolina, Mizzou registered the fourth win in program history against an AP top-four opponent. The Tigers’ last such victory came in a 64-60 win against No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 4, 2006. With the win, Mizzou moves to 3-1 against South Carolina in Mizzou Arena, while moving the overall series record against the Gamecocks to 5-5.

In a matchup of two of the nation’s top players, the Tigers held South Carolina’s leading scorer, A’ja Wilson, to just eight points and six rebounds. She entered the contest averaging 27.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.  Cunningham posted 25+ points for the fifth time this season, and for the 13th time in her career.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was ejected in the fourth quarter after receiving her second technical. She was critical of the officiating.