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Turning the Tide

Mizzou defeats Alabama, 63-52

Mizzou Women's basketball (19-6, 6-6) pulled away late to defeat Alabama 63-52 Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Sierra Michaelis led the Tigers with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Sophie Cunningham (Columbia) added 12 points and became the second-highest-scoring freshman in program history. The Tigers ended the game on a 20-8 run to close out the Crimson Tide. The victory marks the first time in school history that Mizzou has defeated Alabama at Mizzou Arena.
The Mizzou Tigers huddle up after the starting lineup is called before taking to the court to face off against Alabama Thursday evening at Mizzou Arena, Feb. 11, 2016.

The Mizzou Tigers huddle up after the starting lineup is called before taking to the court to face off against Alabama Thursday evening at Mizzou Arena.

The Mizzou Tigers celebrate together mid-court following the conclusion of their 63-52 win over Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

The Mizzou Tigers celebrate together mid-court following their 63-52 win over Alabama.

Sophie Cunningham (3) runs onto the court, greeting fans, after being called in Mizzou's starting lineup against Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Sophie Cunningham (3) runs onto the court, greeting fans, after being called in Mizzou's starting lineup.

Mizzou's Cierra Porter (21) pushes past an Alabama player in hopes of scoring a couple points for the Tigers during the second quarter of the game Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Mizzou's Cierra Porter (21) pushes past an Alabama player in hopes of scoring a points for the Tigers during the second quarter of the game.

Sophie Cunningham (3) lunges for the ball before Alabama's freshman guard Shaquera Wade (23) can take control of it during the second half of the game Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016 at Mizzou Arena.

Sophie Cunningham (3) lunges for the ball before Alabama's freshman guard Shaquera Wade (23) can take control of it.

Mizzou Women's Basketball Head Coach Robin Pingeton stares at a referee in disbelief about a call made against the Tigers in the second half of the game against Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Mizzou Women's Basketball Head Coach Robin Pingeton stares at a referee in disbelief after a call made against the Tigers in the second half of the game.

Mizzou's Golden Girls do a pre-game performance with a squad of future Golden Girls at Mizzou Arena Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Mizzou's Golden Girls do a pre-game performance with a squad of future Golden Girls.

Parents record their daughters on their cell phones during a pre-game show with the Golden Girls Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016 at Mizzou Arena.

Parents record their daughters on their cell phones during a pre-game show with the Golden Girls.

A member of the media snaps a photo of Truman the Tiger on his iPhone to post to social media before the game against Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

A member of the media snaps a photo of Truman the Tiger on his iPhone to post to social media before the game.

Sophie Cunningham (3) runs toward the basket to make a layup during the first quarter of the game against Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Sophie Cunningham (3) runs toward the basket to make a layup during the first quarter of the game.

Alabama's sophomore guard Karyla Middlebrook (22) tries to steal the ball away from Missouri's redshirt sophomore forward Kayla McDowell (20) during the second half of the game Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016 at Mizzou Arena.

Alabama's sophomore guard Karyla Middlebrook (22) tries to steal the ball away from Missouri's redshirt sophomore forward Kayla McDowell (20) during the second half of the game.

Members of the Honor Guard prepare to take the court for the singing of the National Anthem Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016 at Mizzou Arena.

Members of the Honor Guard prepare to take the court for the singing of the National Anthem.

Sophie Cunningham (3) looks to score a free-throw shot during the second half of the game Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016 at Mizzou Arena.

Sophie Cunningham (3) looks to score a free-throw shot during the second half of the game.

Carrie Shephard (15) hugs Michelle Hudyn (12) as they head off the court and into the locker room following the Tigers' 63-52 win over Alabama Thursday evening, Feb. 11, 2016.

Carrie Shephard (15) hugs Michelle Hudyn (12) as they head off the court and into the locker room following the Tigers' 63-52 win over Alabama.

 

 

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