On the road in a loud JQH Arena, Missouri's offense could not find an answer to Missouri State's swarming defense. After posting more than 80 points in three straight games, the Tigers offense never got going. The Tigers dropped their second game this season 67-53 to their in-state rival. Missouri is 10-2 with the loss.
Missouri State came into the game with just two wins in eight games but played staggering defense. The Lady Bears forced 26 turnovers, including 17 steals, and limited a sharpshooting Missouri squad to just six 3-pointers.
Missouri State jumped out to an early lead, scoring 14 of the its first 19 points off of Missouri turnovers. Missouri struggled with ball control and foul trouble while leading scorers Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye were both held scoreless throughout the first half. At halftime, Missouri State held a commanding 40-25 lead.
The Lady Bears continued to capitalize on Missouri's turnovers throughout the second half. Missouri State never trailed and led by as many as 18 points before the Tigers made a late comeback attempt that cut the gap to 6 points.
Sophomore guard Tyonna Snow helped Missouri State close out the game on her way to posting a team-leading 14 points and six steals.
Missouri freshman guard Sierra Michaelis was the only Tiger to reach double-digit scoring with a career-high 14 points. She also posted career highs in minutes and rebounds.
Missouri will wrap up its nonconference schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday when it plays host to Western Illinois (5-5) at Mizzou Arena. Fans can participate in Family Funday beginning at 1 p.m. on the concourse. The event will feature a bounce house, face painting and a craft activity.
The Tigers will then have a 10-day break before opening their Southeastern Conference schedule on the road against Ole Miss on Jan. 2.