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Women’s Basketball Primed for Daytona Beach Classic

Abbey Schreacke

Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri Women’s Basketball travels to Florida to compete in the Daytona Beach Classic this week. The Tigers will face Tennessee Tech (0-3, 0-0 OVC) at 7 p.m. and Kent State (2-1, 0-0 MAC) at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. The contests will be streamed live on

The Tigers (4-1, 0-0 SEC) have won back-to-back games after defeating Southern Indiana, 96-62, on Monday. This win moved Missouri’s November home win streak to 14, a mark that dates back to the 2020-21 season.

The Tigers’ offense continues to overpower opponents through the early season stretch. Missouri has scored 93 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since 1989.

Graduate forward Hayley Frank scored 26 points and tallied 11 rebounds en route to her third career double-double. Her performance moved her to sixth all-time on Missouri’s career scoring leaderboard (1,660) as she passed Nanc Rutter (1974-78) for the spot. Frank needs 160 more points to pass Sharon Farrah (1975-79) for fifth.

Sophomore guard Ashton Judd contributed 26 points, which marked her third game this season, where she has eclipsed 20 or more points. Judd also tallied five rebounds and three assists.

Senior guard Mama Dembele scored 10 points and added a game-high nine assists. Dembele has scored in double figures in three straight games for the first time in her collegiate tenure.

Tennessee Tech enters its matchup against the Tigers seeking its first victory of the season with losses to Ball State, Chattanooga, and Alabama A&M. The Golden Eagles are led by Kim Rosamond who guided the program to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship and a win in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

Tennessee Tech’s roster is headlined by senior guard Maaylia Owens who leads the team with 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Senior forward Yaubryon Chambers contributes 11.7 points with a 65.2% field goal percentage.

Kent State enters the classic at 2-1 following a win over Xavier on Tuesday. The Golden Flashers’ only loss was at the hands of Southeastern Conference opponent LSU.

Todd Starkey leads Kent State in his eighth season on the sidelines. Starkey is the third-winningest coach in school history with 124 victories. The Golden Flashers have made three WNIT appearances in his tenure.

Kent State is led by senior guard Katie Shumate who is averaging 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Junior forward Jenna Batsch also adds 15.5 points per game on 48% shooting from the field.


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