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Mizzou WBB revives season with upset road win over #24 Vanderbilt

Mizzou Links for Jan. 15, 2024

A much-needed reset?

It’s been tough sledding all season for Robin Pingeton’s Mizzou Tigers, who entered Sunday with a disappointing 9-7 record. It’s no secret that Pingeton is coaching for her job this year, and anything less than an NCAA Tournament bid will likely mean Mizzou moves to its next era of basketball leadership.

Even with a disappoining start, however, it may still be too early to write this team off.

The Tigers surged back from a 12-point deficit in the second half, led by Ashton Judd’s 6-9 field goal shooting, and snatched a road win over previously 16-1 and 24th ranked Vanderbilt, who hadn’t lost a game since Nov. 29.

Vanderbilt found a rhythm to start the second half as the Commodores extended their lead to 41-29. However, Feit would provide a spark off the bench, adding eight points in the quarter along with an assist to a Judd 3-pointer. Feit and Judd would combine to score 17 of the Tigers’ points in the period as Missouri trailed 52-44 entering the final frame.

Missouri carried the momentum into the fourth quarter with five different Tigers recording points while the team out-scored Vanderbilt 15-2. The effort allowed Mizzou to take a two-point lead with just over five minutes remaining. Back-to-back buckets by Slaughter maintained the Tigers’ advantage with under two minutes to go before Judd knocked down a crucial jumper as the shot clock hit zero to extend the lead to five...

It doesn’t save the Tigers’ bacon quite yet, but it gives the teams some momentum heading into two winnable games this week vs. Georgia and at Kentucky. Get two more wins there and all of a sudden a spot on the bubble becomes realistic. Take it one game at a time, land a few more upsets like this one and the Tigers could be dancing once again.

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