Prior to Missouri women’s basketball’s game against Auburn, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said one of the most difficult things her team would have to deal with was its opponent’s ability to get to the basket.
“They have some explosive, quick and athletic perimeter players.”
One of those players, Sania Wells, scored 11 of her team-leading 20 points in the first half.
Wells spearheaded an effort from Auburn that saw it control the first 25 minutes of the game, keeping MU at bay with timely shots and stingy defense.
For Missouri, the game began to turn around when its defense took over the game in the middle of the third quarter.
A stretch where it held Auburn scoreless for five minutes and 53 seconds in the third quarter helped pave the way to a 72-63 overtime victory.
The win improves Missouri’s record to 13-2 (2-0 SEC), while Auburn drops to 8-4 (0-2).
In the last 20 minutes, Auburn scored 23 points, four in OT.
Auburn allowed just four makes from beyond the arc the entire game.
Pingeton credited her team’s ability to stay focused on that end amid a lethargic offensive performance.
“We didn’t let our offense dictate our defense,” she said. “I’m really proud of that because there’s been games in the past where it has happened.”
Another impressive thing that Pingeton has seen has been the ability to follow scouting reports.
“I want to give our guys a lot of credit because they have a good understanding of what it takes to scout.”
While the defense was churning out stops, it was LaDazhia Williams carrying the offense. The redshirt senior scored a career-high 25 points, doing her damage in the paint and at the free-throw line. She emphasized how MU’s defensive performance paved the way for their offensive success.
“When we get rebounds on defense we can start stretching the court and getting down the floor on offense.”