COLUMBIA, Mo. — Lindsey Cunningham hit three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead the 22nd-ranked Missouri women past LSU 52-46 Thursday night.
Alexis Hyder scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-11 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, and had five steals to lead LSU. Hyder is the first Lady Tiger to score 20 or more points this season.
Morgan Stock scored 12 — on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range — and Jordan Frericks added eight points, nine rebounds and three assists for Missouri.
Missouri (17-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) went into the half leading 33-16 but went scoreless for more than seven minutes to open the third.
LSU (8-13, 2-6) outscored Missouri 19-4 in the quarter and trimmed its deficit to two by the start of the fourth.
Stock scored nine during an 11-2 run that extended the lead to 48-37 with 49 seconds to play and Missouri held on from there.
Missouri hit 10 3-pointers and LSU managed just one 3-pointer by Rina Hill. LSU was outrebounded 32-26 but managed to force Mizzou to turn the ball over 18 times to LSU’s 15 miscues. Both teams scored 12 points off turnovers.
“Our inability to defend in the first quarter really set the tone for Missouri offensively,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said in a university news release. “They were able to get the looks that they wanted from the three and from inside. I was proud of our team for making the adjustment at the half and trying to show the effort and the energy that it takes to play a team like Missouri that can spread you. This is a 40-minute game. It is not 20 minutes or three quarters. It is 40 minutes. When we have played hard for 40, we have put ourselves in position to win ball games. I give a lot of credit to Missouri down the stretch. They made the plays they needed to.”