Mizzou women win their first game of the season, 67-51 over SLU

By Kaysie Moore

The Missouri women’s basketball team exhibited what coach Robin Pingeton says will be their “signature weapon” in their win over Saint Louis Friday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won 67-51, with 39 points coming from outside the 3-point line. Freshman forward Bri Kulas led the Tigers in the season opener with 18 total points, while freshman Maddie Stock contributed 11 points, most of which were three pointers.

The slow start to the game proved difficult for the Tigers to maintain a lead and they didn’t pull away until the second half. Missouri’s was able to pull away from Saint Louis. Senior guard Liene Priede was the first to score with two free throws, nearly two minutes into the game. Kulas made two three pointers back-to-back after the Billikens took a three-point lead following a timeout.

Saint Louis made three of four free throws after the under-12 timeout. Stock then put up a three pointer and freshman guard Lianna Doty sealed a 16-12 lead from a turnover by the Billikens. Freshman guard Sydney Crafton increased the Tiger’s lead, setting the score 18-12, but Saint Louis hit two free throws soon after.

Stock continued to shoot for 3s, and by the end of the game tallied 4 for 12 on 3-point attempts.

At the end of the first half, the Tigers had a lead over the Billikens 32-29 and held onto the lead for the rest of the game. Saint Louis scored two points to begin the second half, but Stock and sophomore Kyley Simmons both made 3-pointers to put the Tigers ahead by seven.

After the under-12 timeout, Missouri continued to show off their shooting abilities with sophomore Morgan Eye and sophomore Bree Fowler hitting back-to-back 3s and advancing the score to 53-36. With less than four minutes left, Kulas and Doty hit 3s to for a 65-47 Missouri lead.

After the game Saint Louis coach Lisa Stone talked about Missouri’s 3-point game. “If Missouri keeps knocking them down, they’ll do really well.”

Pingeton said the team has been shooting consistently well at practice. She said Stock has the quickest release but needs to work on getting stronger defensively.

Missouri’s next game is against Chicago State on Monday at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

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