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Missouri knocks off No. 10 Lady Vols

Associated Press • Jan 6, 2019 at 5:53 PM

KNOXVILLE — Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points, Haley Troup added a career-high 16 and the Missouri women’s basketball team edged No. 10 Tennessee 66-64 on Sunday for its fifth consecutive victory.

Tennessee’s Rennia Davis missed a jumper that would have put the Lady Vols (12-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) ahead with less than five seconds left and then missed a hurried shot at the buzzer.

Troup, a redshirt freshman who was averaging just 2.9 points per game, gave Missouri (13-3, 2-0) the lead for good at 56-54 with her 3-pointer with 6:08 remaining.

Cunningham, who had six rebounds and six assists. irritated the Tennessee crowd late in the third quarter by elbowing Davis while beginning a drive to the basket. Although Cunningham’s basket counted, she was called for an unsportsmanlike foul after replays showed she had delivered the elbow. Tennessee’s Meme Jackson made the ensuing two free throws.

Lauren Aldridge added 12 points in Missouri’s first-ever win at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Davis and Evina Westbrook each scored 16 points for Tennessee, which had won four straight. Cheridene Green had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Zaay Green added 11 points.

In a game that neither team ever led by more than five, Missouri was ahead 65-60 when Tennessee staged one last rally.

Zaay Green made a three-point play to cut the Tigers’ lead to 65-63 with 1:28 remaining. Westbrook had a chance to tie the game when she went to the foul line with 59.4 seconds left, but Missouri maintained a 65-64 advantage after she missed the second of two free throws.

Cunningham missed a shot on Missouri’s next possession, giving the Lady Vols another opportunity. Tennessee called a timeout with 19.6 seconds left and got the ball to Davis, whose shot hit the rim without going through.

After Cunningham made 1 of 2 free throws with 3.1 seconds left, Tennessee called another timeout and got the ball at midcourt. The Lady Vols again threw to Davis, who dribbled to her left and missed a shot as the buzzer sounded.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers’ 3-point shooting was too much for Tennessee. They hit 10 of 22 shots from beyond the arc. Cunningham, Troup and Aldridge were a combined 10-for-14.

Tennessee: The Lady Vols couldn’t overcome an off day from Jackson, who scored just two points and missed all nine of her field-goal attempts. Jackson was averaging 14.8 points was coming off a 27-point performance in a 78-69 victory at Auburn.

UP NEXT

Missouri hosts Arkansas on Thursday.

Tennessee hosts No. 16 Kentucky on Thursday.

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