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Missouri women’s basketball set to host SEMO | Jefferson City News-Tribune

The Missouri Tigers are looking to get back on track.

After dropping their past two matchups, the Tigers (5-3) return to Mizzou Arena to take on the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (2-4) at 2 p.m. today.

Missouri comes in after dropping an 87-81 overtime game Thursday at Virginia, following a 67-64 loss to Kent State last Saturday.

The Missouri women will face a Redhawks team coming off an 86-48 win against Harris-Stowe State, breaking a three-game losing streak. SEMO’s first win came Nov. 11 in an 82-60 victory against Stephens College.

Looking to extend that series lead will be a Tiger offense averaging 80.6 points per game going against a SEMO defense allowing 71.7, led by graduate forward Hayley Frank with 18.3 on 44.9 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from 3, to go with a team-high 6.6 rebounds per contest. Frank sits sixth in Tiger history for points scored with 1,721 and is 99 points shy of Sharon Farrah for fifth.

Sophomore guard Ashton Judd has continued her strong start to the season, averaging 16.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting overall and 5.9 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Grace Slaughter is up to 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.3 percent overall.

Senior guard Mama Dembele is also averaging double-figures with 10.3 points per game on 42 percent shooting, while dishing out seven assists per game and bringing in 4.3 rebounds. Dembele’s total of 56 assists is fifth nationally, while her total of 27 steals is sixth in the country.

Along with that strong Missouri offensive lineup, the Tigers allow 70.5 points per game on the defensive end and will face a SEMO offense scoring 74.3.

SEMO is led by three players averaging double-digit points, with sophomore guard Alecia Doyle (5-foot 8) leading the way at 15.2 and junior guard Jaliyah Green (5-10) close behind at 15.0 points and a team-high 4.8 rebounds per game.

Freshman guard Indiya Bowen (5-9) averages 10.0 points per game, but has started only one of the Redhawks’ six games.

Today’s game will be the 20th matchup in the series with Missouri holding an 18-1 advantage.