Missouri women's basketball falls on Senior Night to Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA -- Senior Night didn’t go the way the Missouri Tigers wanted.

Missouri dropped its 10th consecutive game in the final Tiger game at Mizzou Arena this season, losing 68-61 in a Southeastern Conference women’s basketball matchup Thursday night against Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt jumped ahead 19-15 after one quarter, but the Tigers cut the lead to 37-36 going into halftime. Missouri took the lead in the third and went into the final quarter leading 48-47, but the Commodores outscored the Tigers 21-13 in the fourth to take the win.

Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by Ashton Judd with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with four rebounds.

Hayley Frank ended her Senior Night with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. She is now eight points short of becoming the fourth player in program history to reach 2,000 points.

Mama Dembele celebrated Senior Night with 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. She moved up to eighth in program history in career steals.

Abby Feit added 10 points and four rebounds.

Missouri shot 24-of-53 (45.3 percent) overall, 7-of-20 (35 percent) from 3 and 6-of-8 (75 percent) at the free-throw line.

Senior and Jefferson City graduate Micah Linthacum got the start on Senior Night in a lineup with four seniors and Judd.

Vanderbilt had four players score in double figures as well, led by Iyana Moore with 15 to go with nine rebounds.

The Commodores shot 24-of-61 (39.3 percent) from the field, 9-of-27 (33.3 percent) from 3 and 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) from the line.

Missouri (11-17, 2-13 SEC) will finish the regular season on the road at Mississippi State at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The SEC Tournament begins Wednesday in Greenville, S.C.

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