COLUMBIA, Mo. – LeaLea Carter led the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team with 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as the squad fell to Mizzou, 69-46, Sunday afternoon in Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers started the contest on a 12-2 run after four triples from Sophie Cunningham. They built a cushion after outscoring the Commodores 18-8 in the first quarter.
After coming out of the locker room with a 29-15 halftime lead, Mizzou netted five right away to build its lead, 34-15. With 5:40 remaining in the stanza, the Tigers put away five unanswered to take their biggest lead of the game to that point, 44-24.
Mizzou shot better than 40 percent from the field in 3-of-4 quarters to maintain a lead while holding Vanderbilt to just 29.5 percent from the field on the game.
Chelsie Hall made her first start since November 25 and contributed eight points. Brinae Alexander and Kaleigh Clemons-Green each netted nine.
Autumn Newby and Carter each pulled down six boards to lead the Dores. Mariella Fasoula and Alexander followed closely behind with five apiece.
The Tigers forced 14 turnovers and converted them into 18 points.
Vanderbilt edged Mizzou on the boards, 37-to-36.
With the loss, the Commodores move to 6-17 (1-9 SEC) while the Tigers improve to 16-7 (6-4 SEC).
Vanderbilt will be back in action on February 14 at Ole Miss. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.