Mama Dembele, Lauren Hansen, Haley Troup, Aijha Blackwell, Hayley Frank, prepare to take the court (copy)

From left to right, Mama Dembele, Lauren Hansen, Haley Troup, Aijha Blackwell and Hayley Frank prepare to take the court against Alabama A&M on Dec. 12 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The Tigers begin conference play Thursday night at home against top-ranked South Carolina.

From the start of the 2021-22 women’s college basketball season, the question on fans’ minds has overwhelmingly been, “Who can beat South Carolina?” The women’s hoops squad snatched the notoriety from legendary programs like UConn as the team to beat.

Missouri will be the first SEC school to take on the Gamecocks as they two teams open conference play. It could either be the Tigers’ biggest win of the past two seasons or a momentum-stopping loss that ends their three-game winning streak.

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