Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Missouri

The Vanderbilt Commodore women travel to No. 24 Missouri on Sunday. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Tigers.

Missouri started its season with 13 straight wins before falling to Tennessee at home.  The Tigers are just 8-7 since that opening run.  Most recently Mizzou fell at Kentucky by 10.  

The Tigers are led in scoring by 6-foot-1 freshman guard Sophie Cunningham.  Cunningham, ranked the nation's No. 14 prospect coming out of high school, had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the recent loss to the Cats.  Six-foot-1 forward Jordan Frericks is Mizzou's second leading scorer. 

Every player on the Missouri team has attempted at least one 3-point shot. Of the starters, Guard Lindsey Cunningham is the most accurate.  Five Tigers are making over 35 percent from beyond the arc. Frericks is Mizzou's top shooter from the field.

Looking at some of the Tigers non-scoring statistical leaders, Frericks leads the team in rebounding and steals. Six-foot-4 forward Cierra Porter has blocked the most shots.  Cunningham has nearly 100 assists.  

Looking at the Vandy-Mizzou stat comparison, Missouri scores more points, is better at the line, has more rebounds, more assists, blocks more shots and has the stronger RPI.  Vandy allows fewer points and is more accurate from the field and 3-point range.  

This is another tough matchup for the Dores.  However, it's possible Vandy can win if they can shoot well on the road while playing tenacious defense and keeping turnovers to a minimum.

Sunday's game tips off at 1 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC network. 

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