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Women’s Basketball set for Rivalry Showdown With Arkansas

Grace Slaughter

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Women’s Basketball welcomes Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas to Mizzou Arena at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The contest will be broadcast on SECN+.

Missouri was narrowly defeated by Texas A&M on Thursday.

Senior forward Hayley Frank led Missouri with 26 points against the Aggies. With the scoring total, the forward passed Julie Helm (1996-00) for fourth on the program’s career scoring list. Frank leads the SEC and is tied for third nationally in free-throw percentage (92.3%).

Freshman guard Grace Slaughter scored 13 points on Thursday and ranks third among SEC freshmen in scoring at 11.6 points per game. Slaughter has reached double figures in six straight contests.

Tigers’ point guard Mama Dembele ranks first in the SEC with 7.2 assists per game (4th nationally) and second in the conference with 3.2 steals (12th nationally)

With seven assists against the Aggies, Dembele passed Sophie Cunningham (15-19) for fourth on Mizzou’s all-time leaderboard.

Mizzou generates much of its offense from beyond the arc, ranks second in the SEC (24th nationally) in 3-point percentage (36.3%) and is 22nd in the country (2nd in SEC) with 8.6 makes per contest.

The Razorbacks top the league and rank 10th in the NCAA with 9.29 triples per game.

With two freshmen, a sophomore and two seniors, Missouri has the youngest starting lineup in the conference by academic year.

Arkansas is coming off an 88-61 win against Kentucky on Thursday and hold a 3-3 mark against conference opponents.

The Razorbacks are guided by Mike Neighbors who is in his seventh year on the sidelines with a 135-83 overall record.

Arkansas defeated Missouri in the first round of the SEC Tournament a season ago before advancing to the Great Eight of the WNIT.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Razorbacks are led by true freshman Taliah Scott who leads the SEC at 22.3 points per game. The McDonald’s All-American was the No. 11 overall recruit in the 2023 class.

Sunday will mark the 34th meeting between the programs with Arkansas leading the series 21-12. The Razorbacks have won the last 10 meetings.

The contest will honor legendary head coach Pat Summit as a part of the annual We Back Pat week.


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