Missouri women's basketball stays perfect against SEMO

COLUMBIA - The Missouri women used a 41-2 run between the second and third quarters Wednesday to roll to a 74-32 win against Southeast Missouri at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri is now 8-0 to start the season for the first time since the 1982-83 campaign.

Missouri led 18-8 after one quarter, converting nine Southeast Missouri turnovers into 16 points.

The Tigers then closed the second quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 39-15 advantage into halftime.

Missouri started the second half with a 12-0 spurt before Southeast Missouri got a bucket, then closed the third quarter on a 15-0 run to take a 66-17 lead into the final period.

"We've never had to challenge these girls for effort," Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton said. "I think that's a sign of something really special because a lot of times as coaches, we spend so much time begging our kids to compete and play harder.

"That's not the case with this team. Their work ethic is outstanding."

Sophie Cunningham led the Tigers with 15 points, while Jordan Frericks added 13 and Cierra Porter tossed in 12.

"It was a good team win for us," Pingeton said.

Missouri is back in action Monday at home against Loyola Marymount.

Olivia Hackmann (Helias High School) paced Southeast Missouri (4-4) with 12 points.