Here's the thing about a team that relies heavily on 3-pointers: Sometimes they make them. Robin Pingeton scored perhaps the biggest win over her Mizzou tenure today thanks to just that; Mizzou made 11 of 24 3-pointers and 11 of 13 free throws on the way to a jarring 80-63 win over Tennessee at Mizzou Arena on Sunday. This was just a slight turnaround from their first meeting, an 84-39 pasting by Tennessee in Knoxville.
(How unexpected was this result? Despite the 17-point margin, USA Today Sports didn't actually think to take a picture of a Missouri player doing anything impressive.)
As one would probably expect from a prolific Missouri outing, Morgan Eye led the way, making six of 12 3-pointers on the way to 26 points; junior forward Bri Kulas, however, pitched in a lovely 20 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. The undersized Tigers broke even on the glass but passed circles around the storied Vols, dishing 23 assists to Tennessee's six. Mizzou stayed close in the first half, then hit the afterburners, outscoring Tennessee by a 46-26 margin in the second half.
It had been nearly two years since Missouri had beaten a ranked team of any sort and three years since they had beaten a Top 10 squad. The Tigers are now 15-8 overall and have clawed back to 4-5 in SEC play after a 1-3 start that included a 31-point loss to Georgia, a 26-point loss to Kentucky and the aforementioned 45-point destruction at Tennessee. Well done, Lady Tigers.