GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball dropped its first conference game of the season Sunday, as the Tigers fell to Florida, 56-54, at Exactech Arena. The Gators closed the game on a 17-3 run, and outscored the Tigers, 22-11 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Mizzou shared the ball well in the game, as the Tigers assisted on 73.9 percent of its made field goals (17-of-23) in the game, its second-highest percentage of the season behind 89.5 percent (17-of-19) against Duke (Nov. 25). Senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) led Mizzou in assists in the game with eight, which match a season-high (St. Louis, Dec. 9) and was one off from a career-high.
Florida outscored Mizzou 22-11 in the fourth quarter to capture the win. The Gators ended the game on a 17-3 run, and retook the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a layup from Delicia Washington with 2.2 seconds remaining. Mizzou had a chance to respond on its side of the floor, but was unable to get a shot up as the Gators escaped with the win.
- Junior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) paced the Tigers in points and rebounds with nine and seven, respectively.
- Cunningham scored five points and matched a season-high with eight assists, raising her season average to 3.3 per game.
- Junior guard Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) scored nine points and matched a career-high with three three-pointers made, equaling her total from a Dec. 10, 2017 game against SIUE.
- Mizzou assisted on 17 of 23 of its made field goals, (79.3 percent), the second-highest percentage of assists to field goals this season, behind only the 89.5 percent (17-of-19) against Duke (Nov. 25).
- Cunningham dished out eight assists, matching her season-high from the eight dimes she passed out against Saint Louis (Dec. 9). The Tiger senior has now recorded five or more assists in four of her last five games.
- Since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 17 against Texas State, Roundtree has score eight or more points in five of seven games. During that stretch, Roundtree has raised her scoring average from 1.8 to 3.8 points per game.
- Mizzou sank 42.1 percent (8-for19) of its shots from the three-point line, its 12th game this season with seven or more made threes. The mark was Mizzou’s fourth game shooting 40 percent or better from deep this season, and its third in the last four games.
Mizzou will return to Columbia for its next contest, as the Tigers host Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 17. Tipoff from Mizzou Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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