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Missouri women climb to No. 12 in basketball poll

Missouri women climb to No. 12 in basketball poll

January 9th, 2018 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

Missouri's Sophie Cunningham and South Carolina's Tyasha Harris battle for a loose ball during the second half of Sunday's 83-74 win by the Tigers at Mizzou Arena.

Photo by Associated Press /News Tribune.

The Missouri women's basketball team had its 13-game win streak snapped last week, but the Tigers still moved up in the rankings.

Missouri (14-2) bumped up three spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll announced Monday.

It is the Tigers' highest ranking since being No. 11 in November 1984.

Despite losing 69-65 last Thursday at home against LSU, Missouri bounced back to knock off then-No. 4 South Carolina — the defending national champion — by a score of 83-74 on Sunday, also at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers played the LSU game without junior guard Sophie Cunningham, who suffered a knee injury in the team's Southeastern Conference opener. Cunningham returned for Sunday's game, scoring a game-high 27 points against the Gamecocks.

South Carolina (13-2) dropped five spots to No. 9 in this week's poll.

UConn (13-0), one of four remaining undefeated teams, is still No. 1, followed by Notre Dame (15-1) and Louisville (18-0).

Mississippi State (18-0) holds the SEC's highest ranking at No. 4, while Tennessee (15-0) is No. 6.

The SEC had five ranked teams in this week's poll, with Texas A&M (13-4) moving up two spots to No. 17.

Missouri plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vanderbilt (4-13), one of three teams in the SEC without a conference win this season.