Bench players shine in lopsided victory for Missouri women's basketball team

Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 4:46 p.m. CST; updated 6:45 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Missouri women's basketball team beat Southern Illinois 110-47 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

COLUMBIA — The offensive star of the Missouri women's basketball game Sunday night didn't score her first point until nearly halfway through the second half. 

In a game that the Tigers controlled from the beginning, freshman guard Maddie Stock came off the bench and collected 22 points in 16 minutes to help Missouri to a 110-47 victory over Southern Illinois at Mizzou Arena. 

"I think that it came mostly from the people who were playing, getting to sit on the bench and watch the game and see how it was going," Stock said.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton used Sunday's blowout to give players such as Stock, who averages only 11 minutes a game, an opportunity to see extended time on the court.

Pingeton had no reservations after the game about allowing her players to run a high-powered offense throughout the contest. With only a few nonconference games remaining, she said she wanted to allow her bench players to get as much game experience as possible.

"We've got some challenging days ahead of us in the SEC, and so to pump the brakes too much for those kids and get them out of the way that we play, I don't think it's fair to them," Pingeton said.

Senior center Liz Smith said Pingeton has been emphasizing the value of studying the game during time on the bench.

"I think there's not a person on the team who's going to be sitting there and thinking, 'When am I going to get in?'" Smith said. "Everybody's really focused on 'what position am I? Where can I score? What can I do?'"

Sunday was the first time since 2005 that Missouri has scored more than 100 points in a game and was the ninth-highest points total for the program. The Tigers have now scored more than 90 points in each of their past three games and have won five straight.

The Tigers continued their balanced offensive scoring attack Sunday, with six players in double digits. Stock and Bri Kulas were tied for the team lead with 22 each. 

Missouri will play three games in five days this week, starting with a game against Morgan State on Tuesday. Sunday's victory brings the Tigers to 9-2 this season.

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