COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball (1-2, 0-0 SEC) dropped a nonconference matchup to Northern Iowa (3-0, 0-0 MVC), 78-73, on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by senior guard Amber Smith (Shreveport, La.) with 19 points. Senior Jordan Roundtree (St. Louis, Mo.) scored in double figures for the third straight game with 12 points, while freshman forward Hayley Frank (Strafford, Mo.) scored a season-high 17 points.
Northern Iowa seemed to have an answer every time Mizzou pulled the deficit close. A Frank three-pointer with under seven minutes to play put the Tigers up 66-65 and a Smith layup on the next possession made it 68-67. These were the last leads Mizzou would hold, as Northern Iowa used a 6-0 to regain the lead for good. Despite Mizzou’s best efforts on the press, Northern Iowa controlled the ball and the clock down the stretch on their way to victory.
• Smith led the way for the Tigers in both points and rebounds with 19 and seven, respectively. Dating back to last season, Smith has now scored in double-figures in seven of her last eight games.
• Frank scored in double-figures for the first time in her Mizzou career, putting up 17 points on the night. Frank was busy at the charity stripe, converting on 9-10 opportunities.
• Roundtree was perfect from beyond the arc in the game, connecting on 3-of-3 shots and scoring 12 points.
• Mizzou is now 6-1 all time in games against Northern Iowa and 2-1 against the Panthers under head coach Robin Pingeton.
• Smith continued her scoring production to start the season, scoring 19 points. She now sits just five points away from her 1,000th career point.
• Roundtree scored 10+ points for the third consecutive game. It is the first time in her career that she has totaled double figure points in three-straight games. The senior had recorded 10+ points three times prior to this season.
• Roundtree recorded three or more three-pointers for the third time in her career.
• Frank posted career highs in 17 points, three-pointers (two), free throws (9-for-10) and minutes (24) in the game.
• Freshman guard Aijha Blackwell (Berkeley, Mo.) grabbed a career-high five rebounds.
Mizzou heads on the road for the first time this season, heading to Green Bay to take on the Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 16. It will be the first of two straight road contests for the Tigers. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
— Mizzou Athletics —