FGCU women beat Mizzou to advance in NCAA Tournament

PJ Savoy had 12 points and Phil Cofer scored 11 to pace FSU.

This year, she's led the Tigers to 24 wins, the most for Missouri in a single season since 1983-84, and the 5-seed in the Lexington Regional, where they'll take on the 12-seed Florida Gulf Coast at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Stanford, California.

The first Mizzou Basketball season under head coach Cuonzo Martin may have ended earlier than some fans wanted, but it was still a successful season.

Then, after a miss from Porter Jr.at the other end, Forrest grabbed a rebound, got down the floor and kicked out to an open Savoy, who made his third 3-pointer of the game. "Give them a lot of credit for pressing us, getting out in the passing lanes, forcing us to make extra plays". Kassius Robertson led the Tigers with 19 points.

Even with understandable freshman struggles, she's been the model for consistent offense in her time at Missouri, with almost as many games with 25 points or more (15) as she does games scoring only single-digit points (19).

That's when Florida State woke up. When Braian Angola knocked down a 3 from the corner - off a terrific pass from Terance Mann - the Seminoles had a 22-point advantage.

Who Oddsmakers Like: Florida State. But, Hamilton and his team must put the regular season and short trip to the ACC tournament behind them as they prepare to face off against a middle of the road SEC team and began a journey toward the fifth Sweet 16 in program history. The Tigers trailed 15-10 after the opening ten minutes.

Nevada (28-7) erased a 14-point, second-half deficit and tied it at 68 when Jordan Caroline hit one of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. With Cunningham attracting multiple defenders in the post, she finally got some help offensively from Lauren Aldridge, who scored five quick points to get Missouri within 54-50 with 2:13 left. The Eagles have made 407 threes this season with an average of 12 per game. "I'll just talk to the people close to me", Porter said. "I think she does so much better than scoring", Pingeton said. "I've got to get my body right, and just keep going forward step by step".

And, of perhaps all the players in the country, no one knows what that means better quite like Sophie Cunningham does at the University of Missouri.

"That's just what it is, when you're coming off of injuries, getting the rust off your body, getting the flow of games, getting the flow of situations", Martin said.

J.P. Macura scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and Xavier routed No. 16 seed Texas Southern 102-83 Friday night in their tournament opener in the West Region. Considering his domination of SEC play down the stretch of this season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jontay Porter go with him.

  • Rogelio Becker