Missouri uses 11 players in win over Vanderbilt women's basketball

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Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton's plan was to go deeper into the Tigers' bench Thursday night against Vanderbilt. Although, she didn't expect to go that deep.

Foul trouble forced Pingeton's hand to play 11 players and trust her depth. That trust paid off.

Missouri earned its first SEC road win of the season with a 66-52 win over Vanderbilt (10-8, 1-4 SEC), where the Tigers came out swinging in the second half.

Missouri's offense cut through Vanderbilt's active defense, and shot 48% from the floor. The Missouri defense also forced the Commodores into making mistakes, forcing 18 total turnovers.

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Lauren Hansen led the Tigers (13-5, 3-3) with 15 points.

Vanderbilt's Brinae Alexander led all scorers with 19 points and Kaylon Smith had nine rebounds.

Aijha Blackwell earned her 14th double double of the season, scoring all of her 12 points in the second half. Missouri outscored Vanderbilt 23-15 in the third quarter and never lost that offensive rhythm.

That entire second half was somehow set up by an offensively challenged first half, where the Tigers only mustered 27 points.

Missouri's two leading scorers, Blackwell and Hayley Frank, sat for most of the first half with foul trouble. Blackwell didn't play the entire second quarter. Frank sat for the final five minutes of the half, but still scored 13 points in the game.

Izzy Higginbottom entered COVID-19 protocols, according to the pregame radio broadcast, and wasn't available against Vanderbilt.

This article originally appeared on Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri uses 11 players in win over Vanderbilt women's basketball

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