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Tigers maul Kangaroos as Hannah Linthacum drops career-high 20 points

The Tigers’ domination of their in-state foe moves them to 9-4 heading into conference play.

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Kansas City’s last game was a blowout of epic proportions. Against Kansas Christian College, a small Christian university in Overland Park with a reported enrollment of 185, the Kangaroos won by a score of 121-37.

On Thursday, the Roos experienced almost the complete opposite. While their 85-42 domination at the hands of Mizzou wasn’t nearly as drastic as the one they handed to KCC, the game was still lopsided from start to finish.

The first quarter saw the Tigers get off to a fast start, as the home team quickly went up 7-0. Per usual, Mama Dembele was doing most of the facilitating, and Mizzou was capitalizing. Hannah Linthacum converted twice around the basket, and despite missing her first two three-pointers, Ashton Judd knocked down a triple on attempt number three.

Kansas City generated a little momentum by forcing a few Mizzou turnovers, but the Tigers dominated the rest of the quarter, closing the frame with a 14-2 run. The run was aided by Abby Feit cashing in back-to-back triples as well as Linthacum continuing to score. She hit her career-high in points (10) by the end of the quarter.

The good times continued into the second quarter. Productive team basketball was ever-present; one minute into the period, Mizzou had ten field goals, and eight of them were assisted. Not only that, six players had at least one assist. While the scoring wasn’t as balanced — five players had at least one basket — it was still plentiful. Linthacum upped her career-high to 15 points, and Hilke Feldrappe found a groove on offense, scoring seven points (including an and-one). Another sign of the productive sharing by the Tigers was the fact that Hayley Frank didn’t attempt a field goal until there were 63 seconds left in the half.

On the other side, Kansas City still couldn’t get much going on offense. Dominique Phillips, a graduate transfer from Grand Canyon, was doing her best to keep the ‘Roos within reach, as she finished the half with nine points. However, outside of the occasional mid-range jumper, Kansas City struggled scoring en route to a 42-16 halftime deficit.

The third quarter was a continuation of the first two. It only took Frank 62 seconds to convert her first basket, which came in the form of a squeaky clean three-pointer. Abbey Schreacke and Grace Slaughter also finally got in on the scoring, as they contributed two baskets each in the first few minutes. Dembele also added to her highlight reel of gnarly backdoor passes. Mizzou led 64-26 after three.

In the fourth quarter, the Roos shot the best they had all game, finishing 7/16 from the field over the final ten minutes. However, it was far too late; the benches had already emptied, and Mizzou ended the calendar year on a high note with a 43-point win.

Linthacum led the way with 20 points, followed by Feit and Judd with 12 apiece. While Judd didn’t have her most efficient shooting night at 5/15 from the field, she made up for it on the glass, grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Linthacum wasn’t the only one that set a career-high, as Feldrappe registered a season-best 11 points on an efficient 5/7 shooting. 11 Tigers saw the floor, and 10 of them scored.

The Tigers won’t be back in action until the new year, when they travel to Baton Rouge to battle LSU (12-1), who’s currently ranked No.7 in the nation, on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.