Missouri women's basketball beats Hartford in Miami Tournament

Friday, November 29, 2013 | 7:54 p.m. CST; updated 6:52 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 12, 2013

Senior Bri Kulas led all scorers with 24 points in Missouri's 68-45 win against Hartford in Friday's Miami Thanksgiving Tournament.

Missouri (7-0) plays Miami (4-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the tournament's championship game. Miami beat St. Francis (NY) 78-57 in the first game Friday.

Freshmen Jordan Frericks and Kayla McDowell both added double-digit points, scoring 13 and 10 respectively.

The Tigers went on a 12-0 run six minutes into the first half and led by as much as 16 at the end of the first half. Hartford was held to 22 points in the first half, none of which came from the free throw line.

Kulas opened the second half with a 3-pointer after finishing the first half with 17 points. Frericks and senior Tania Jackson led the team with eight rebounds each, helping Missouri outrebound Hartford 49-30.

Missouri went on a 15-5 run in the last 11 minutes of the game. For the first time this season, Missouri's bench did not outscore its opponents' bench, but the strong efforts from starters Kulas and Frericks put Missouri in a position to win.

The win was coach Robin Pingeton's 50th victory with Missouri. Pingeton is in her fourth season as head coach.

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