Missouri women's basketball rolls past Southern Indiana

Missouri's Ashton Judd puts up a shot during Monday night's game against Southern Indiana at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. (Courtesy of Mizzou Athletics)

COLUMBIA -- The Missouri Tigers continued their recent strong offensive surge Monday night, getting past the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles 96-62 in women’s basketball action at Mizzou Arena.

With the game tied at 13, Missouri closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 22-15 advantage.

A 3-pointer by Ashton Judd with more than nine minutes left in the half gave Missouri its first double-digit lead at 27-15. The Tigers opened the quarter with a 10-1 run, capped by a pair of free throws by Sarah Linthacum, to make it 32-16 with 7:52 remaining before halftime.

The Tigers led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter as they took a 51-27 advantage into halftime.

Missouri took a 32-point lead with 5:19 left in the third quarter on a free throw by Angelique Ngalakulondi that made it 70-38. The Screaming Eagles closed the quarter on a 16-7 run to make it 77-54 in favor of the Tigers.

Missouri’s biggest lead of the fourth quarter came after a basket by Abbey Schreacke with less than a minute remaining made the final 96-62.

Vanessa Shafford led Southern Indiana (3-1) with 16 points. Meredith Raley added 11 points.

Hayley Frank and Judd finished with 26 points each to lead Missouri. Schreacke came off the bench to add 11 points, while Mama Dembele chipped in with 10.

Frank also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who outrebounded the Screaming Eagles 49-31.

Missouri (4-1), which has scored 83 or more points in its last four games, will play Friday and Saturday at the Daytona Beach Classic. Missouri will play Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Friday and Kent State at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.