Missouri's Lindsey Cunningham falls onto Mississippi State's Morgan William during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won 66-54. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Sophie Cunningham scored 18 of her 22 points in the final 15 minutes and No. 24 Missouri held off No. 7 Mississippi State 66-54 on Thursday night.
Missouri (15-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) scored on 11 of 14 first-quarter possessions to take a 23-11 lead en route to its first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
The Tigers made 10 of 15 field-goal attempts in the first quarter, and three of those misses were collected for offensive rebounds and turned into second-chance points.
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Victoria Vivians led Mississippi State (16-2, 3-1) with 19 points. The Bulldogs had won 11 straight.