A pair of standouts from southwest Missouri led the way for Mizzou against Missouri State.
Hayley Frank (Strafford) and Ashton Judd (West Plains) led the Tigers (7-3) to an 81-63 win over the Lady Bears (3-3) on Wednesday night in Columbia.
The two combined for 34 points and finished as the Tigers’ top two scorers. Frank, a former five-star prospect, is considered one of the greatest high school players in the state’s history while Judd, the daughter of former Missouri State basketball player Eric Judd, was named the 2021-22 Class 5 Player of the Year and, for the most part, wasn’t recruited by MSU.
The loss marked Missouri State’s second straight to Mizzou, following a three-game winning streak in the series. MSU now trails in the series 13-23.
Missouri State has over a week off before hosting Wichita State on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
Mizzou took control of the game after a 13-2 run in the first quarter. Judd led the way with six points over the stretch with Frank capping it off with a layup to go up by 11 with less than two minutes remaining in the frame. The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Bears struggled in most facets. Mizzou often scored in transition and dominated in the paint. They struggled from the field and allowed the Tigers to knock down 10 shots from deep.
Paige Rocca was the lone Lady Bear to score in double digits with 13 points.
Mizzou got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Judd who hit four 3’s. Frank scored 14 points and grabbed nine boards.
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