Mizzou women upset No. 9 Tennessee 80-63

Photos by Elaine Stockdale and Karen Mitchell
Story by the Associated Press and staff reporting

Morgan Eye (30), Syndney Crafton, center, and Lianna Doty (1) celebrate after Missouri beat No. 9 Tennesse Sunday, 80-63. Eye was the higher scorer of the game with 26 points.

Morgan Eye (30), Syndney Crafton, center, and Lianna Doty (1) celebrate after Missouri beat No. 9 Tennesse Sunday, 80-63. Eye was the higher scorer of the game with 26 points.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton reacts to an official's call in the second half.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton reacts to an official’s call in the second half. Pingeton called the game a “statement win.”

Morgan Eye scored 26 points and Bri Kulas added 20, and Missouri upset No. 9 Tennessee 80-63 on Sunday for its first win over a ranked team in almost two years.

The Tigers (15-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) shot 52.7 percent from the field, their best showing in SEC play this season, and went 11 for 24 on 3-point attempts.
Missouri coach Robin
Kamiko Williams scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols (17-5, 8-1 SEC) before leaving with 16:59 left with an apparent leg injury. Tennessee has lost two of three and had its 12-game winning streak in the SEC snapped.
The lead changed 11 times in the game but Missouri pulled ahead for good on a jumper by Eye at the 13:04 mark in the second half.
Eye made six 3-pointers on Sunday, tying her for most 3-pointers in team history. She is tied with Alyssa Hollins with 90.
The Tigers’ last victory over a ranked team came March 5, 2011, against No. 23 Iowa State. The last time they beat a top-10 team was Jan. 23, 2010, when they beat No. 10 Baylor 70-62.
Attendance for the game was 4,181, setting a new record for a women’s basketball game at Mizzou Arena.
Meighan Simmons scored 13 points and Taber Spani added 12 for Tennessee, which beat the Tigers 84-39 on Jan. 10 in Knoxville. Spani said she played in front of about 60 family and friends in her first game back in Missouri since growing up in the Kansas City area.
Williams scored all of her points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half, helping the Lady Vols keep up with Missouri’s six 3’s. She fell to the floor after clutching her leg three minutes into the second half after attempting to grab a defensive rebound and remained there for a few minutes before being helped off the court. She sat on the bench for the final 10 minutes after a brief visit to the locker room.
Williams started for the second consecutive game in place of injured center Isabelle Harrison, who averaged 10.0 points per game before injuring her left knee and undergoing surgery Friday.
The team also lost reserve forward Jasmine Jones late in the game to a knee injury after only having nine available players to start the day. Coach Holly Warlick said after the game there was no update on the status of either Williams or Jones.
Missouri has a week off before facing Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Mizzou Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The supervising editor on this story was Jared Jeffries
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