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Sophie Cunningham goes over 2,000 career points in huge win over No. 5 Mississippi State

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Sophie Cunningham reaches another elite milestone

What a win for the Missouri women on Thursday night, as a largely back-and-forth game at No. 5 Mississippi State ended with a 75-67 victory for the Tigers.

The impact of the win overshadowed a momentous occasion that happened earlier in the game, as Missouri star Sophie Cunningham went over 2,000 career points.

Cunningham finished with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists to end Mississippi State’s 26 game SEC winning streak.

Missouri moves to 19-7 (8-4 SEC) on the season.

2. Missouri officially files appeal to NCAA sanctions.

This is certainly no secret, but on Thursday, Missouri backed up its talk about appealing the NCAA sanctions by officially filing the appeal.

From Missouri’s release announcing the filing:

“We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case,” Sterk said. “Mizzou’s case involved an isolated incident within our program, however, the penalties applied are overly harsh, not in line with established precedent and negatively impact student-athletes who chose to attend the University of Missouri and had nothing to do with the actions of one rogue individual.”

The release also notes the timeline for the next steps in the appeals process, adding that the entire process “is expected to take a minimum of six months to complete.” That would bring us directly to the start of football season; as other reporters have pointed out, should the baseball and softball teams find themselves in position to not make the postseason this year, they could simply opt to accept the ban and remove it from the appeal.

In other news of not briefing your social media team on a pretty contentious issue, the official NCAA Baseball account sent out this tweet on Thursday. The replies are fantastic:

3. Huge wrestling weekend in Columbia on deck.

In addition to No. 5 Missouri hosting No. 2 Oklahoma State at the Hearnes Center on Saturday, the MSHSAA Wrestling State Championships will be going on simultaneously at Mizzou Areana.

Oh, and there’s a Mizzou Track & Field meet also going on at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

The top-five matchup between the Tigers and Cowboys will surely draw plenty of attention in itself, so the athletic department put together a handy fan primer if you’re planning on attending any of the events.

Here are the projected match-ups between Missouri and Oklahoma State:

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  • Who’s ready for SEC Media Days?! Well, Barry Odom and the Missouri contingent can start making their travel plans, as the schedule was announced by the league offices on Thursday. Odom will meet with the media on Monday, July 15 — the start of media days — along with Ed Orgeron and Dan Mullen. Here’s the full schedule, although times are not yet known