The Missouri Tigers shot better than 50 percent from 3-point range and fended off the Alabama Crimson Tide the rest of the day, rolling to an 82-47 win Sunday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.
Senior Sophie Cunningham made 5 of 9 3-pointers on her way to 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Cierra Porter added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The game served as a final stroll onto the floor at Mizzou Arena for three Missouri seniors. Cunningham, a McDonalds All-American from Rock Bridge in Columbia, is a former SEC Freshman of the Year and two-time All-American.
“When I came here, we had 100 people in the stands,” she said. “Now look at all the family members we have.”
Lauren Aldridge transferred to Missouri from Kansas after her sophomore season. She finished with seven points and five assists Sunday.
Porter continued the family legacy at Mizzou and un-retired earlier this season after a career plagued by injuries.
The Tigers pounced on the Crimson Tide early, jumping out to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter, including a 10-0 lead in less than three minutes.
Mizzou led 36-21 at the half and piled it on with a 21-9 edge in the third quarter.
Missouri (20-9) is in line to advance to its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will head to Greenville, South Carolina, this week for the SEC Tournament as the No. 5 seed.
“It’s not over,” Cunningham said. “I’m not fully sad yet because I know we have a lot of games left.”