Nine years later, Missouri finally won in Lincoln.

Missouri women's basketball used a 23-2 first-half run to establish a comfortable lead and kept Nebraska at arm's length the rest of the way, leading by double digits for the entire final 20 minutes. The Tigers beat Nebraska 55-35, winning in Lincoln for the first time since 2007. The last time Missouri visited Nebraska, in 2011, it left with a 76-34 defeat.

The win moves Missouri to 2-0 early in the season.

Missouri's strong defense held Nebraska to 10-63 (15.9%) shooting throughout the game and made up for 18 turnovers of its own. The Cornhuskers only scored double-digit points in the third quarter.

Sophie Cunningham led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points and secured 10 rebounds. Monday featured a battle of reigning conference Freshmen of the Year in which the Southeastern Conference's Cunningham out-dueled the Big Ten;s Jessica Shepard. Shepard led the Cornhuskers with 12, but the strong defense limited her to four-of-17 shooting.

Senior Sierra Michaelis also chipped in 17 points. And Cierra Porter continued her strong play in her new jersey number, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. That gave her a second consecutive double-double.

With the win, Missouri advances to the semifinals of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Tigers will play Washington, a Final Four participant last season, at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Seattle.

Supervising editor is Jonathan McKay.

  • Missourian sports TA and copy editor. Previously covered Missouri men's and women's basketball and high school sports. Reach me at or in the newsroom 882-5720. Twitter: @TheRonaldDavis

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