After getting blown out by 45 in Knoxville in January, the Missouri Women’s Basketball team had something to prove against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.Missouri pulled of an incredible upset of number 9 Tennessee Sunday afternoon in Mizzou Arena, getting an impressive 80-63 win.
Tennessee entered the game having just 9 players available and saw their depth straned by injury throughout the game. Missouri, however, used 10 different players to keep the Vols on their heels throughout the game. Every time Tennessee made a run, the Tigers were able to answer.
Missouri controlled the game, despite only tying with the Vols in rebounds and having fewer steals in the game. They also lost Brianna Kulas and Lianna Doty during the game, each fouling out late in the second half. Missouri’s bench made the difference, outscoring the Lady Vols 34-3 off the bench. The Tigers 17 point victory also means a 62 point swing from the game in Knoxville.
In the game, Morgan Eye tied the all-time single season record when she hit her 90th 3 pointer of the year. She was 6-12 in the game and led the team with 26 points. She was joined in double figures by Kulas’ 20 and 10 from Liz Smith. Kulas and Eye tied for the rebound lead with 5 while Doty led the team with 7 assists before fouling out.
With the win, Missouri improves to 15-8 on the season and is now 4-5 in the SEC. Their win ends Tennessee’s undefeated conference record as well. Missouri has the week off before welcoming Mississippi State to Mizzou Arena next Sunday at 1pm. Pregame comes your way at 12:45pm on your home for Missouri Women’s Basketball, ESPN 100.5 and Total Sports Station 103.1 KTGR.