NASSAU, Bahamas – The University of Missouri women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2022-23 season in a hard-fought battle against No. 11 Virginia Tech, 73-57. The fight ended the Tigers’ trip to the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship.
The Tigers opened the first quarter with efficient scoring, and the balanced attack gave Mizzou a 28-26 lead at half-time. Graduate Guard Haley squad carried the unit with 10 points in the first half while the Tigers shot 54.5% from the field in the opening frame.
At the other end of the pitch, Mizzou held strong for the first 20 minutes. The Hokies averaged just a 30.3% clip in the first half, keeping reigning ACC Player of the Year Elizabeth Kitley off the field 3-10.
As the second half began, the Tigers couldn’t continue their shooting prowess while Virginia Tech found its rhythm. The Hokies took an early lead in the third quarter and had an advantage throughout the second half
Mizzou fought back to get the game into single figures in the fourth quarter when Troup buried a pair of threes to close the gap and cut the lead to nine at 8:36. Despite the late attack, the Hokies were able to hold onto the win.
- Troup led all scorers and tied her career-high 21 points, shooting 6-12 from field and 4-7 from 3-point land.
- Freshman guard Ashton Judd continued their strong freshman campaign, seven points off a perfect 4-for-4 performance of the charity strip.
- senior forward Hayley Frank a total of eight points, four rebounds and two assists in the contest.
- In just the second clash between the two programs, Virginia Tech extends the all-time streak to 2-0, coming from their previous win at the 2006 NCAA tournament.
- Missouri’s record drops to 2-11 all-time against teams ranked No. 11 in the AP poll. The team’s last win against an 11th-ranked opponent was on February 18, 2018 against Tennessee.
- With a two-point lead at the break, Missouri holds a halftime lead in six of seven competitions this season.
- Troup finished her career with 21 points in the afternoon session, breaking the 20-point mark for the third time in her career. She played all but three minutes in the competition.
- Redshirt junior forward Micha Linthacum set a career high with five points and scored two field goals in two minutes.
Mizzou returns home to face Saint Louis on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on SECN+.
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