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It’s BOWL DAY and Missouri athletics are riding winning streaks into the New Year

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Sunday was a big end to 2018 for Missouri wrestling and Missouri women’s basketball.

Let’s start with women’s basketball.

Cierra Porter scored four points in her return — but that put her over the 1,000-career point mark. She also added four rebounds and two steals in 11 minutes, helping to lead Missouri to a 70-50 win over Arkansas State on Sunday.

Also, in one of the most interesting stat lines you’ll see, Sophie Cunningham put up 20 points on just six field-goal attempts — and only two made field goals. She went 16-for-18 from the line.

The Missouri women close their non-conference schedule 11-3, and will take a three-game winning streak into 2019. First up? A Thursday date with Ole Miss.

2. Missouri wrestling proved itself, again and again, with an amazing weekend at the South Beach Duals.

Missouri wrestling went 4-0 over the weekend, defeating Kent State, No. 21 Lehigh, No. 13 Purdue and No. 8 Cornell to extend its dual winning streak to 30. It’s closest match off the weekend came against Lehigh, which Missouri won 21-12.

Missouri, ranked sixth nationally, is 10-0 on the season.

So, that means if Missouri football wins on Monday, the Tigers’ mens basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling and football teams will all start the New Year with winning streaks.

3. No surprise, but no Albert O for the Liberty Bowl.

Barry Odom confirmed what everyone assumed — Missouri will be without Albert Okwuegbunam for the season finale.

Luckily for Missouri, the offense hasn’t missed much of a beat in his absence. Against a less-than-stellar Oklahoma State secondary, Missouri’s passing game shouldn’t struggle even without one of its best players.

Also from the Mike Gundy-Barry Odom press conference on Sunday, Gundy threw some (potential) shade at Oklahoma while giving Missouri a big ol’ compliment:

Speaking of shade...

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