NASSAU, Bahamas – The University of Missouri women’s basketball team outperformed Wake Forest with a blistering run in the second quarter to secure a 69-47 win Monday at the Baha Mar Convention Center. The win extends the Tigers’ unbeaten start to 6-0 in the first competition of the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship.
The Tigers played strong defense early on, forcing 14 consecutive missed field goals over an 8:06 stretch in the first half. Wake Forest only managed a 17% field goal percentage in the first half as the Tigers took a 20-point lead at halftime.
Mizzou’s defense continued against the Demon Deacons until the final buzzer sounded. Wake Forest shot 28.8% from the field, the lowest the Tigers have conceded this season. In six games, no opponent has cracked 40% of the field against the Tigers.
senior forward Hayley Frank (Strafford, Mo.) and Graduate Guard Katlyn Gilbert (Indianapolis, Indiana) conducted the Tiger offensive throughout. Frank led all goalscorers with 20 points in the game, while Gilbert had a season-high 11 points as the duo combined nearly half of Mizzou’s goalscoring.
Aided by Gilbert and the return of the Junior Guard Mom Dembele (Manlleu, Spain), the Tigers played altruistically and took care of the basketball with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 18:9. The two guards had nine assists combined, while Mizzou had an assist on 64% of his buckets.
Mizzou’s attack came alive in the second quarter, leading the Tigers 22-2 in the first half. Gilbert scored 11 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting in the quarter while Frank lost seven points to lead the charge, where the offense converted 11 of their 14 field goal attempts during the period.
- Frank amassed 20 points, the most by a Tiger this season, while notching two assists.
- Gilbert recorded season-highs in points (11) and assists (five) while recording two rebounds, a block and a steal.
- youth Center Jayla Kelly (Chesterfield, Mo.) fell a point behind a double-double as she grabbed a career-high 10 boards and added nine in the scoring column.
- Mizzou remains perfect against Wake Forest and extends his all-time lead to 3-0. Mizzou is now 8-13 against ACC opponents.
- The Tigers advanced 6-0 at the start of the season, reaching that mark for the first time in consecutive seasons in program history after last year’s team started the season 8-0.
- Mizzou has won three straight non-conference games at neutral venues, dating back to last season’s two wins at the Christmas City Basketball Tournament.
- The 22-point victory margin is the widest against a Power Five opponent since a 31-point win over Florida in the SEC tournament on March 7, 2019.
- Gilbert’s 11 points is the most she’s scored in Black and Gold and it’s the first time she’s in double digits since March 4, 2020, when she played for Notre Dame and faced Pittsburgh.
- Wake Forest shot 1:15 (6.7%) from the field in the second quarter, which is the lowest field goal percentage the Tigers have conceded in a quarter this season and the lowest Mizzou has conceded since Oral Roberts 6.3% shot from the field in the fourth quarter against the Tigers on December 19, 2020.
- The Tigers held Wake Forest junior guard Jewel Spear, the reigning ACC frontrunner, to just two points. is only the third time in her career that she has been limited to two points or fewer.
- The Demon Deacons’ second seven-point period marked the seventh time this season that the Tigers defense held an opponent in a quarter in single digits.
- Mom Dembele returned to the court after missing two games with a nose injury. She contributed two points, three rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
- Mizzou left the field on 11 of 14 in the second quarter, good for a 78.6 field goal percentage. It’s the highest in a single quarter since last season’s Ole Miss match on Feb. 3, when the Tigers blasted the field 6-7 (85.7%) in the third quarter.
- The last time Mizzou scored at least 78.6% of her field goals in a single quarter with double-digit attempts was on December 21, 2021 against Alabama A&M, when the Tigers went 9-11 (81.8%) off the field in second Quarter.
Missouri finishes its two-game set in Nassau, Bahamas for the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship Wednesday against No. 14 Virginia Tech. The opening pick is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the competition is available to stream on FloHoops.
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