Survive, and advance. That’s all you can say this was.
Missouri didn’t play their best game, but they played just well enough offensively to hold off the champions from the Missouri Valley. If it weren’t for the Tigers continued struggles with turnovers (19 for a TORate of 25.6%) their offense would have been too much for Drake in regulation as Mizzou was able to put up 1.4 points per shot, which dropped to a very pedestrian 1.04 ppp.
The Tigers had four in double figures with Sophie Cunningham leading the way with 21 points, but Sophie fouled out in Overtime with Mizzou clinging to a two point lead. As she walked off the court, Maddy Dean sank two free throws to tie the game giving Mizzou the ball for the final possession. A sub par set led to a bit of a scramble which left Jordan Roundtree a long ways away from the basket with time running down. She attempted a shot which was blocked initially, but the follow through from Drake forward Becca Hittner led to a whistle as she made contact on Roundtree sending Jordan to the line for three shots.
After missing the first, Roundtree calmly sank the second giving Mizzou its lead. The third rattled out and Drake got the rebound. After nearly causing a five second call, the Tigers got their assignments mixed up on the inbounds and left Hittner alone at the top of the key. She missed her three point attempt and Mizzou survived.
It wasn’t always pretty, but Mizzou earned a matchup with the 2-seed, Iowa, on Sunday. A team who looked very beatable as they struggled with the 15 seed Mercer the game before. Survive and advance.