Tigers run by Lady Lions


Columbia, Mo. — The Missouri Lady Tigers (8-2) marched to an easy win Saturday night as they defeated Arkansas Pine Bluff 97-59 at Mizzou Arena.

It was the most points Missouri has scored in a single game since putting up 100 points against Murray State on December 3, 2005.

“I was really excited we had the chance to play so many kids in so many minutes and I thought we had a really solid second half,” Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but a lot of positives.

“We’ve got a lot of kids that can knock down a lot of shots, but what impresses me most is what an unselfish group that is.”

The Tigers won the bench scoring battle 60-8, led by the efforts of Morgan Eye and Maddie Stock, who had 19 and 17 points off the bench, respectively.

The Golden Lions kept the game tight with the Tigers through the first media timeout, forcing a 10-10 tie.

“I’m just so proud of them,” Pingeton said. “I think someone mentioned to me it’s the first time in 25 years we’ve had back-to-back games of 90-plus points. It is a milestone for our program, it’s another step forward.”

UAPB came out of the break hot, scoring the first four points, but Missouri’s Bria Kuls quickly answered with a layup to cut into the lead, and after a free throw by Liz Smith, Eye hit her first shot of the game for a 15-14 lead.

After the second media timeout, Eye scored the next five points for Mizzou, including a deep three, leading the Tigers to a 20-17 lead. Morgan Stock hit a free throw and Crafton made another layup to build the lead to six, and another three from Eye put the Tigers up 26-17.

Christina Lasane led UAPB with 19 points and Cassidy Wright had 15 points. Chigozianyi Okwumbua chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

The Lady Lions will travel to Charles Koch Arena to face Wichita State University on December 15. They will return home on December 17 as they host the University of Nebraska-Omaha at H.O. Clemmons Arena, beginning at 6 p.m.