Cunningham leads No. 19 Mizzou women past New Orleans 81-45
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Sophie Cunningham scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half and No. 19 Missouri defeated New Orleans 81-45 on Saturday for its seventh straight win.
Cunningham made all six of her field goals, including two 3-pointers, and both of her free throws in the first half when the Tigers (7-1) shot 52 percent and took a 43-19 lead. She missed her only shot in the second half.
Cunningham had nine points in the first quarter when the Tigers turned 13 straight points into a 24-2 run after the Privateers (1-6) scored the first basket of the game. After that first basket, New Orleans missed 11 straight shots before Shania Woods scored again. Then they missed seven straight until Mariah Wright hit a 3-pointer at 9:08 of the second quarter.
Wright hit 4 of 5 from distance for 12 points.
Missouri forced 20 turnovers and turned those into 27 points. New Orleans won the rebounding battle 45-36 with 25 on the offensive end.
Jordan Chavis added 11 points for Missouri.