Tonight, the Missouri State Lady Bears had their home opener for the 2022-2023 season but fell to the University of Missouri Tigers. Veteran guard Sydney Wilson was out with a precautionary foot injury, unable to assist her team on the court. 

Strafford, MO native Hayley Frank was the first scorer of the game for Mizzou, but sophomore forward Kennedy Taylor was able to put points up for the Lady Bears quickly after. 

Junior guard Paige Rocca began to light up the Tigers early on with her 3-point shooting abilities, which put the Lady Bears up 5-2 with the assist from Taylor. 

With hopes to extend the early lead, senior guard Aniya Thomas knocked down both of her free throws, but the Tigers held the Lady Bears scoreless for the rest of the quarter, taking the lead 16-9. 

Frank found a way around the Missouri State defense for a 3-pointer, increasing the Tiger lead to 21-9. Before forcing a timeout, the Tigers were also held scoreless for nearly eight and a half minutes.

After the timeout, Taylor broke the Lady Bears’ scoreless streak on a pass from Rocca. 

Junior guard Capria Brown and sophomore forward Indya Green were able to get into a rhythm, going for a combined 6-0 and cutting down the Tiger lead, 24-17.

The Tigers were able to hold the Lady Bears scoreless for another extended amount of time, this run being just over five minutes. As halftime arrived, the Lady Bears were down 31-17. 

Green got a shot up for the Lady Bears coming out of halftime with a jumper followed by two baskets from freshman forward Jade Masogayo.

Brown showed her abilities to play both offense and defense, finding her chance for a fade-away jump shot then getting down the floor and drawing a charge to get the ball back in the hands of the Lady Bears.

After Brown's defensive stop, sophomore guard Isabelle Delarue was able to use it to her advantage and hit a jump shot for the Lady Bears, slowly chipping away at the Tigers’ lead, 45-29. 

Delarue’s basket was the final for the Lady Bears during the third quarter, coming up short going into the final 10 minutes, 51-29.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Woodhouse grabbed her first points as a Lady Bear in the final quarter, breaking away from her defender and getting to the basket. 

Woodhouse found her way to the basket again, as well as a 3-point basket from Brown, desperately looking to catch the Tigers with only 3:22 left, 60-43.

The Tigers threw a full-court pass, looking to get another score but the Bears' hustle stopped the Tigers, forcing another turnover. 

Rocca and Woodhouse quickly found a spot for two more Lady Bear 3-pointers.

Though the Lady Bears showed their talents, they weren’t ready for tonight's match-up, dropping their home opener, 68-51.

“We let them punch us in the mouth first and we never bounced back,” Delarue said. “That hurt us.”

The shooting percentage for the Lady Bears was not so great tonight, sitting at 31.3%.

“I think we are a better offensive team than we showed tonight,” head coach Beth Cunningham said. “Everything seemed a little bit rushed.”

The Lady Bears will return to the Great Southern Bank arena on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. against St. Louis. 

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