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Missouri women to host South Carolina

Missouri women to host South Carolina

January 7th, 2018 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

It will be a top-15 clash this afternoon at Mizzou Arena as the Missouri Tigers host the South Carolina Gamecocks in SEC women's basketball action.

Missouri (13-2 overall, 1-1 SEC) enters the 1 p.m. contest ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press while South Carolina (13-1, 2-0) is No. 4.

The Gamecocks are led by A'Ja Wilson, a two-time first-team All-American. The 6-foot-5 senior is averaging 24.6 points (third in NCAA Division I), 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game this season.

Also averaging in double figures for the Gamecocks are 6-2 junior forward Alexis Jennings (12.1), 5-6 senior guard Lindsey Soann (11.8) and 5-10 sophomore guard Tyasha Harris (10.1).

South Carolina's lone loss was a 92-85 decision to Notre Dame on Nov. 26. The Gamecocks have won their last seven games.

The games between Missouri and South Carolina at Mizzou Arena in their brief history together in the SEC have been defensive battles. South Carolina is averaging just 59.3 points in its three trips, while Missouri is at 58.7.

Last year, Sophie Cunningham hit a layup at the buzzer to give Missouri a 62-60 victory against South Carolina. It was the final loss of the season for the Gamecocks, who went on to win the NCAA title.

Cunningham's availability for this afternoon's game is unknown. She missed Thursday night's home loss to LSU with a knee injury and her status has been called day-to-day. She leads the Tigers in scoring at 18.2 points per game.

The game will be televised on ESPN2.