Cunningham leads No. 15 Missouri to upset of No. 4 Gamecocks

Mizzou topped last year's national champions 83-74. They have beaten South Carolina each of the last two seasons.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham was too much for South Carolina to handle for the second straight year, scoring 27 points to lead No. 15 Missouri to an 83-74 victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks on Sunday.

Cunningham, who suffered a right knee sprain last week and sat out Missouri's loss to LSU on Thursday, returned with a knee brace but showed no ill effects. She made 9 of 10 shots from the field and had seven assists and six rebounds.

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Last year, Cunningham scored 26 points and hit the winning shot in Missouri's home victory over the eventual national champions.

The Tigers (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 56.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3-point range. Amber Smith had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Bianca Jackson and Tyasha Harris led the Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1) with 14 points each.

South Carolina was hit with four offensive fouls in the first four minutes, with star forward A'ja Wilson drawing two of them. Missouri led 35-29 at halftime.

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley was ejected with 2:56 remaining in the game after being hit with her second technical foul. The ejection followed Wilson's fifth foul, with Missouri leading 69-60. Staley waved to the cheering Missouri crowd as she left the court.


South Carolina: Wilson, a 6-foot-5 All-American forward who entered averaging an SEC-best 24.6 points, managed just eight points in 19 minutes. It was the first time this season she scored fewer than 16 points.

Missouri: Smith is developing into an offensive threat in SEC play. Her 20-point day raised her scoring average in conference games to 18.3 points, almost double her season average.


South Carolina hosts Auburn on Thursday.

Missouri visits Vanderbilt on Thursday.