|SUNDAY WOMEN'S HOOPS SCHEDULE
|South Carolina 61, Vanderbilt 57
|Kentucky 68, Arkansas 58
|LSU 66, Ole Miss 56
|Alabama 69, Georgia 66
|Tennessee 76, Texas A&M 55
|Florida 87, Auburn 69
|Mississippi State 69, Missouri 62
Mitchell, Interior Play Lead #10/11 Gamecocks Past Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE -- Sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell’s tough basket inside and layup off a steal in a span of nine seconds turned a tie game into a 61-57 No. 10/11 South Carolina victory over No. 16/19 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon in Memorial Gymnasium. The Gamecocks (18-2, 6-1 SEC) led for most of the game, but the Commodores (16-4, 5-2 SEC) tied it up twice in the final three minutes, requiring heroics from the Gamecocks’ leading scorer and timely free throw shooting down the stretch.
South Carolina’s offense came from all sources in the first half, more by necessity than design as four Gamecocks spent significant time on the bench with two fouls, including three starters in Khadijah Sessions, Aleighsa Welch and Tiffany Mitchell. But the bench stepped up to fend off a 10-2 Vanderbilt run to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room.
The Gamecocks were clicking on offense early, despite a handful of turnovers, opening a 10-4 lead five minutes into the game. Elem Ibiam started and capped he first 10 points, hitting from the left block and in transition, respectively. The Commodores got within three several times, but each time the Gamecocks were able to prevent any more significant of a run. Leading 16-13 with 10 minutes left in the period after a Christina Foggie jumper, South Carolina went to Dozier, who showed good inside moves she has not had reason to display yet this season. She scored on the Gamecocks’ next three possessions around a Jasmine Lister bucket to put South Carolina up 23-15 with under seven minutes to play.
From there, though, Vanderbilt launched the 10-2 run, aided by the second foul called on Mitchell with 4:38 left in the period. The Gamecocks broke up the Commodores’ scoring as Wilka Montout fought for an offensive rebound and, a few passes later, hit a baseline jumper. Foggie hit on the next two trips for the Commodores with her transition layup tying the game at 25-25 with 2:34 to go until the break.
South Carolina called a timeout to regroup, and the pause seemed to reset things for both teams. Olivia Gaines drove the baseline to put the Gamecocks back on top 27-25. Tiffany Davis drew a charge on the next Vanderbilt possession, and the teams traded offensive fouls to give the ball back to South Carolina. Ibiam and Montout were fouled on back-to-back possessions and hit all four free throws. Foggie drove for a bucket late to make it a 31-27 Gamecock lead at the break.
Offense drove the early minutes of the second half. The Commodores took their first lead of the game, 38-37, on a Foggie 3-pointer from the right wing, but the Gamecocks went inside quickly in the next possession with Ibiam using great footwork to elude her defender and hit from the right block. After Mitchell stole the baseline out-of-bounds pass, Welch turned it into a transition layup for a 41-38 South Carolina lead five minutes into the period.
Coates and Welch worked hard on both ends to further stretch the lead to six at 47-41 three minutes later. At the end of a solid defensive stand by the Gamecocks, Jasmine Jenkins put back a missed shot to get the Commodores within a buck at 43-41. South Carolina turned it over on the next two possessions, but Coates and Welch stopped the Commodores on the other end. Welch put a move on her defender on the right block to double the Gamecocks’ lead and following her second block in three Vanderbilt possessions, Coates finished off Welch’s miss with a short jumper for a 47-41 edge with under 12 minutes to play.
Neither team could create sustained offense down the stretch, but the Commodores took advantage of Gamecock turnovers to cut into the lead. Jenkins hit a clutch jumper at the end of the shot clock, and Rayte’a Long came off the bench for four points to make it 53-51 with 4:04 on the clock. South Carolina was called for a three-second lane violation to give Vandy a chance to tie, and Jenkins delivered with a short baseline jumper with 3:15 to play.
South Carolina got in trouble on the other end, and head coach Dawn Staley called a timeout to set up a play for Welch. The junior forward calmly took a quick jumper rom the left elbow that put the Gamecocks back on top 55-53 with 2:45 to play. Neither team connected on its next possession, but Marqu’es Webb hit a pair of free throws to pull even again at 55-55 with 1:20 on the clock.
Late in the shot clock, Staley called timeout again to ensure her team got the best shot available. This time the Gamecocks went to Mitchell, who, while in trouble in the midst of defenders at the elbow, wormed through and scooped up a shot that found the bottom of the net with under a minute to play. Vanderbilt brought the ball up the court, where the Gamecock defense locked down. Mitchell picked Long’s pocket and turned it into a layup on the other end for a 59-55 South Carolina lead with 32 seconds to play. The Commodores continued to battle but missed free throws kept the Gamecocks in front, and Sessions hit a pair with 11 seconds left to seal the victory.
South Carolina shot 54.0 percent from the field as three Gamecocks reached double figures and seven of the nine to see the court scored at least two points. Mitchell’s 14 lead the way with Welch and Ibiam added 10 each. Ibiam missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds, while Coates delivered four blocks, including three in the second half alone. South Carolina scored 46 of its 61 total points in the paint.
Defensively, Mitchell swiped four steals and the Gamecocks allowed the Commodores to hit just 37.3 percent from the field. Vanderbilt hit just one 3-pointer in the game and only took five. Christina Foggie led all scorers with 23 points, but her 4-of-9 effort from the free throw line helped the Gamecocks stay in front.
South Carolina is back at home for a pair of games at Colonial Life Arena next week, beginning Thu., Jan. 30, against Ole Miss at 7 p.m.
O'Neill's Big Day Leads UK Hoops Past Arkansas
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jessica Jackson scored a game-high 23 points and led the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-5, 2-5 SEC) to a first-half lead, but No. 9/8 Kentucky (16-4, 4-3 SEC) mounted a comeback in the second half and claimed a 68-58 win at Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday.
Kentucky came out clicking in the game, opening with 63 percent shooting--including 67 percent from three-point range--to take a 12-7 lead by the first media timeout. Arkansas responded with an 8-0 run, however, and tied the game at 12-all with 11:14 to play in the half. Things remained tight the rest of the way, as the Wildcats cooled off and the Razorbacks began to heat up. Trading baskets and leads, UA remained on top heading into the break with a 32-31 lead.
Jackson fueled a 10-0 run early in the second half to give Arkansas its largest lead of the game at 44-34 with 17:11 to play, as the freshman upped her total to 17 points on 4-for-5 three-point shooting. The Wildcats responded, however, answering with an 11-2 stretch of their own and then following up late with a 9-0 run to regain a 56-50 lead with 7:14. The Wildcats back in control, Arkansas was never able to get back into the lead and ultimately fell 68-58.
Jackson led all scorers with 23 points on 53.8 percent shooting, including 57 percent from distance. The freshman reached double-digit scoring for the 18th time in 20 games this season and scored 20+ points for the third straight game. The Razorbacks as a group shot 42 percent from the floor. Keira Peak and Jhasmin Bowen joined Jackson in double digits, as Bowen had 13 points and five rebounds, while Peak contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
Jessica Jackson led the charge out of halftime and helped inspire a 10-0 run early in the second half to give Arkansas its largest lead of the game at 44-34 with 17:11 to play. But the Wildcats responded, answering with an 11-2 run of their own and then would later follow up with another 9-0 run to regain a 56-50 lead with 7:14 to go.
Jackson led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor and 57 percent from beyond the arc. Scoring 12 points in the second half alone, the freshman also added five rebounds in the loss. The freshman reached double digits for the 18th time in 20 games this season.
Plaisance Leads Lady Tigers Past Ole Miss, 66-56
OXFORD, Miss. -- Theresa Plaisance racked up a season’s best 23 points and pulled down a game-leading 10 rebounds to claim her second consecutive double-double as the No. 15 LSU women’s basketball team fought past Ole Miss with a 66-56 victory Sunday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
LSU (16-4, 5-2 SEC) secured its fifth straight victory and has won 20 of the last 23 meetings in the series over Ole Miss (10-11, 1-6 SEC) going back to the 1999-2000 season. The win also enabled the Lady Tigers to move up one spot into a third-place tie in the SEC standings.
For Plaisance, she was 10-of-18 from the floor which included a pair of treys. The New Orleans native has pumped in 10 consecutive games with double figures, her longest streak since a 31-game run last season. Plaisance also handed out three assists over a season-high 38 minutes of action
“Theresa did a nice job of showing the toughness that it takes to play in the SEC,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We rode her and Danielle. We talked about those two players doing a nice job for our team by establishing an inside attack. We obviously need Theresa to perform every game, but I think her 10 rebounds and her board play were keys for us. She played nicely out of the double teams, and she was able to find some of her teammates. You got to see what we have always known existed in Theresa that she is a well-rounded basketball player.
Danielle Ballard garnered eight of her 12 points during the second half. She also hauled in seven rebounds and distributed five assists. It was Ballard’s third straight SEC Sunday with 10-plus points.
Shanece McKinney registered a strong second half performance with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. She finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks. McKinney has added double figures in three of her last five outings.
Jeanne Kenney tallied seven points, five rebounds and three assists whereas Raigyne Moncrief tacked on five points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Off the bench, Sheila Boykin came away with four points and two rebounds. DaShawn Harden provided a balanced three points, three rebounds and three assists.
Ole Miss was led by Diara Moore’s 17 points followed by Tia Faleru’s 12 points and seven rebounds. Valencia McFarland was limited to 10 points and five assists after she reached the 20-point mark during her last three outings. The Faleru-McFarland tandem misfired on 12 of its 13 field goal attempts in the second half after they combined to go 7-of-8 from the floor during the opening 20 minutes.
“When you come on the road especially in the SEC, we understand that you have to bring your defense and your board play,” Caldwell said. “I felt as though Ole Miss did a nice job in the first half of exploiting us in their transition game, and they were running it to perfection. They did a nice job of setting the tone after the first four minutes. In the second half, we talked about how we needed to establish an inside attack and did just that. That was the difference in the game. Defensively, we did a nice job of forcing Ole Miss into some jump shots and taking away some paint points.”
LSU broke a 52-52 tie on a Plaisance layup coupled with a Harden triple 29 seconds apart to grab a 57-52 lead with 7:06 remaining in the second half. Both plays were setup on Ballard assists.
Ole Miss used four free throws to cut the LSU advantage to 57-56 at the 3:44 mark. The Lady Tigers turned to their defense and forced Ole Miss to miss its final 15 shots over the final eight-plus minutes.
Plaisance and McKinney provided layups off of Harden feeds, and LSU knocked down five of its six free throws over the final 54.9 seconds to tuck away the 66-56 victory.
The Lady Tigers controlled the interior and scored 24 of the game’s 32 paint points during the second half. LSU also dominated the glass with a 27-11 rebounding advantage in the second 20 minutes.
As a team, LSU connected for a 28-of-58 shooting clip which included a 4-for-10 effort from three-point territory. The Lady Tigers made 6-of-10 at the free throw line. The 10 foul line attempts were the second-lowest for the season.
Ole Miss totaled a 21-of-61 effort from the field, but compiled a 7-for-31 ratio during the second half.
LSU’s perimeter defense also forced the Rebels to a frosty 5-for-26 mark in treys. Ole Miss was an efficient 9-of-11 at the charity stripe.
“I thought our shot selection hurt us in the first half,” Caldwell said. “We were more patient on the offensive end. Basically, I told them they were coming out if they shot a jumper. We wanted to pound the ball inside. We took the lesson from Ole Miss because that’s what they were doing to us in the first half. We tried to be as deliberate as we could because we wanted to give ourselves the best opportunity to score the basketball in order to be a better defensive team.”
LSU fired out to an 18-7 lead during the game’s opening seven minutes. The Lady Tigers buried eight of their first 13 shots fueled by five layups.
Ole Miss responded with 16 of the next 20 points capped by a McFarland traditional three-point play to snatch a 23-22 edge with 7:43 to go.
The Rebels carried a 36-33 advantage into the locker room and took their largest lead at 41-35 after a Moore trifecta with 17:59 left on the clock.
After a timeout, LSU reeled off three consecutive layups courtesy of Ballard, Plaisance and McKinney during a 56-second span to even the ledger at 41-41.
LSU continues a stretch of three consecutive Thursday home games and welcomes Mississippi State to the Maravich Center. Tip time is on-tap for 7 p.m., and the game will be carried live by Cox Sports Television [CST].
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, will call the action.
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Crimson Tide Outlasts Lady Bulldogs, 69-66, for Back-to-Back SEC Wins
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women’s basketball team used a 19-4 run over the final eight minutes of play to beat Georgia, 69-66, Sunday afternoon at Foster Auditorium. The win snaps a 23-game losing streak against the Lady Bulldogs, which dated back to the 1997-98 season.
“The crowd was absolutely spectacular,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “There was just incredible support today, and that was such a big difference-maker for us down the stretch. (We) thank our crowd. They were just absolutely amazing. The character and perseverance of our kids down the stretch was really fueled by the environment. We were very appreciative.”
Alabama (10-10, 3-4 SEC) was led offensively by senior Shafontaye Myers, junior Sharin Rivers and freshman Ashley Williams, who each added 16 points. Williams also had a team-high nine rebounds, while Myers contributed a team-best four assists and two steals. Georgia (14-6, 2-5 SEC) got 23 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore Shacobia Barbee in addition to 20 points and five assists from senior Khaalidah Miller.
The Tide had another solid all-around performance, out-rebounding Georgia, 34-29, and hitting 16 of its 19 shots from the free-throw line, including all seven attempts in the second half. Alabama also had 25 points from its bench compared to the Lady Bulldogs’ six points, large in part due to Myers.
Georgia opened the game with eight unanswered points and led by as many as 10 early on. Alabama gradually chipped away at its deficit and eventually tied the game at the 8:15 mark off a three-pointer from Rivers. The teams would trade baskets for the duration of the half; however the final points would come from Williams with seconds left on the clock to put the Tide in front, 30-29, at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the second half, using an 18-7 run to pull in front, 47-37, just over four minutes in. Alabama responded by scoring 10 of the next 13 points in the game to cut it to three, but another big run for the visiting Lady Bulldogs extended their lead back out to double-digits shortly after. It was at this time when the Tide would put together its game-winning run, which was sparked by three-pointer from sophomore Khadijah Carter.
Next up, Alabama heads to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 30. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
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Simmons Stars In Return Home, A 76-55 Tennessee Win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In a return to her homestate, senior Meighan Simmons had one of her best games of the season, a 76-55 Tennessee win at Texas A&M. The Cibolo, Texas native scored a game-high 26 points -- the second-most points she scored in a game this season -- as the #11/12 Lady Vols moved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in the SEC.
Tennessee handed #17/15 Texas A&M its first conference loss of the season after the Aggies opened their second season in the league with six consecutive wins. The Aggies are now 16-5 overall. The loss ended A&M nine game overall win streak and 10-game home win streak.
The Lady Vols posted their second consecutive wire-to-wire win, on the heels of an 89-69 win over Florida, an seventh of the season.
Playing without starting point guard Ariel Massengale, who did not travel after suffering an injury last Thursday, the Lady Vols jumped out to a 10-2 lead six minutes into the game and never looked back.
Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter, drew the start in Massengale's place and scored 10 points and handed out a team-high six assists.
Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison each scored 10 points. Harrison corralled nine rebounds, one shy of giving her a 10th double-double this season.
Freshman Mercedes Russell had eight points and 11 rebounds, the most of her first college season.
Texas A&M was led by Courtney Walker, who had 20 points. Karla Gilbert had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Simmons went to work early and often with sharp shooting all game. The 2013 SEC Player of the Year racked up 15 first-half points as Tennessee led 36-20 at intermission. Simmons shot 12-of-19 from the floor, tying her most made field goals in a game in her career.
The 36 points were the second-most allowed by Texas A&M this season as Tennessee shot 53.1 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Tennessee shot 55.2 in the second half for a 54.1 overall mark in the game.
The Lady Vols' defensive effort was tremendous all afternoon. In the first half, Tennessee held A&M to 29.4 from the floor. The Aggies shot just 33.8 for the game.
Texas A&M was held to just one 3-point field goal on 12 attempts for 8.3 percent.
Also of note, Tennessee was very careful with the ball, as the Lady Vols committed just 10 turnovers -- their fewest of the season.
The Lady Vols led by as many as 22 on a Graves layup with 9:36 left in the second half. Tennessee led by at least 12 for the entire second half.
This was Tennessee's first-ever game at Texas A&M, which joined the league prior to the 2012-13 season.
The Lady Vols return home to host Arkansas on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET. That game airs on SportSouth and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.
Team Effort Fuels Gator Win Over Auburn on Sunday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With every player contributing at least six points and six players scoring in double figures, it was a team effort as Florida knocked off Auburn, 87-69, in front of 3,114 fans in the O’Connell Center on Sunday.
Senior guard Jaterra Bonds led the way with 18 points and Kayla Lewis added 13 points and 13 rebounds to highlight just two of the great individual performances by the Gators. January Miller and Lily Svete both scored 12 points, while Cassie Peoples and Ronni Williams charted 10 apiece as Florida improved to 10-2 at home this season.
Bonds used a free throw with 4:27 left on the clock to become the No. 2 leading free throw scorer in Gator history. Meanwhile Lewis notched the fourth double-double of her season and seventh of her career.
Florida earned a 41-34 halftime lead and started the second-half scoring when Bonds made a pair of free throws early. Back-to-back Auburn buckets trimmed the Gator lead to five, but Carlie Needles sank a layin on a pass from Lewis that came from one of Bond’s three steals.
Another jumper by Tyrese Tanner cut the score to 45-40 just 2:34 into the final frame.
That’s when the Gators went on a game-changing 27-7 run over the next 6:57, beginning with eight consecutive points by Lewis. She hit a rare three-pointer and soon afterwards she added a pair of layups and a free throw.
Thanks to a three-point play by January Miller, Florida stretched its lead to 11 points, 56-45. Bannister hit a three, Miller hit a pair of free throws and then Lewis had a three-point play to put the Gators up 64-45, with 12:53 remaining. The rest of the game was a one-point differential and Florida captured its fourth consecutive win versus Auburn.
Despite all five of Auburn’s starters scoring in double-figures and the Tigers outrebounding the Gators, 48-34, the Gator win was fueled by a defensive effort that forced 22 turnovers in the contest that Florida converted into 24 points. The first half saw 7 ties and 5 lead changes, but when the Gators broke away with 9:58 left in the first half, they never looked back.
Auburn put points on the board first with a layup from Tra’cee Tanner, but Florida answered quickly as both teams began the game with a pair of layups and a three pointer. In the first 4:10, Florida went 4-for-4 from the field, with four different players making shots (Ronnie Williams, Carlie Needles, Bonds and Cassie Peoples).
The teams stayed neck in neck, trading baskets and never leading by more than three points for the next few minutes. With the score tied 18-all, Lily Svete sank both a three-pointer and jumper to put the Gators up by 5 for the largest lead of the game, 23-18, and one which they never relinquished. After a lone Auburn free throw by Hasina Muhammed, Svete hit another thee-pointer to push the Florida lead to seven.
When Bannister scored a three-pointer with a little more than six minutes remaining in the half, it marked the 13th time this season Florida relied on its entire lineup, as all Gators suited up for the matchup scored. Bannister’s bucket, her first three since the Nov. 17 game at Kennesaw State, put the score at 33-27.
A steal and layup by Muhammed with a little less than 5 minutes remaining in the half cut the Gators lead to one point, 33-32. Bannister missed a three and the Tigers got the ball back with the chance to take the lead, but the Gators’ defense stepped up and forced a shot clock violation. Bonds stepped up with two jumpers, Svete added a three and Peoples made a free throw to extend the Gators’ lead. Florida entered the locker room with a 41-34 advantage, with Svete leading all scorers with 11 points.
Dillingham Leads Bulldogs Past Missouri, 69-62
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Freshman Dominique Dillingham scored a career-high 21 points as Mississippi State knocked off Missouri 69-62 in a Southeastern Conference women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.
Playing as part of the “We Back Pat” week around the league, MSU won a home conference game for the first time this season. The Bulldogs bounced back from an overtime defeat at Ole Miss Thursday night to improve to 15-6 overall and 2-5 in league play. Missouri fell to 13-7 and 2-5.
The Bulldogs have beaten the Tigers in both meetings since the two schools became rivals in the SEC.
“Formula for winning in this league is guard play,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “I like how my guards played today and how they competed. They took seven offensive charges today and that is unheard of. Missouri is awfully good and hard to defend.
“We got some big stops late when we had to have them. I like how we responded after a horrific first half. Once we got comfortable against their zone and they went to man, I really like how we responded. We had chances to respond being both up and down and it was good to see our response in those situations.”
In the opening half, the Bulldogs quickly grabbed a 6-2 lead. However, the Tigers righted the ship and took a lead on the defensive end. Missouri opened a 19-14 lead midway through the opening half.
The Tigers held the lead the final 17 minutes of the opening half and stretched the advantage to 30-22.
A jumper by Martha Alwal in the lane and later a layup by Breanna Richardson brought the Bulldogs within 32-27 at halftime.
Dillingham had 13 of her points in the first half. Her Sunday tally was the best by a Bulldog freshman since the 2006-07 season when Tysheka Grimes scored 28 against South Carolina.
“We didn’t shoot it well the first half but I was more concerned about how we played defensively,” Schaefer said. “We saw in the second half what I am working for. Five-second counts. Making other teams call timeouts. We were really making them uncomfortable. That is what we are trying to do here.”
The Bulldogs turned things up on the defensive end in the game’s final half, forcing 12 of Missouri’s 20 turnovers in the second half. After allowing 50 percent shooting in the first half, MSU held Missouri to 37.5 percent from the floor in the game’s final half.
“The defense really sparked us,” Dillingham said. “It seemed like every time we got a big stop, we followed that up with a score. Being confident was important to me today. Having confidence to take my shot and jumping after I take that shot.”
After falling down 36-31, MSU rallied to take the lead for good with a 10-0 run. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Richardson placed the Bulldogs on top 37-36. Richardson and Kendra Grant followed with back-to-back baskets to cap the run.
The lead grew to eight on an Alwal basket at 53-45 with 8:30 left.
MSU still held a seven-point lead at 63-56 with 3:41 left in the contest, but Missouri hit a couple of late 3-point baskets to get back within three at 65-62 with 1:21 left.
Alwal followed with a big blocked shot to protect that lead, and the Bulldogs hit 4-of-6 free throws over the final 40 seconds while not allowing a basket the rest of the way.
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 23 of 61 shots from the field (37.7 percent), 6 of 18 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 17 of 27 shots from the foul line (63.0 percent). The Tigers hit 22 of 50 shots from the field (44.0 percent), 6 of 19 shots from 3-point range (31.6 percent) and 12 of 16 shots from the foul line (75.0 percent).
MSU held a 39-35 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 17 assists and 12 turnovers, while the Tigers had 15 assists and 20 turnovers.
“I really believe in this team,” MSU junior guard Savannah Carter said. “Hopefully, this win is a spark. Hopefully from here we will continue to play this hard and have success.”
For MSU, Alwal posted her seventh double-double of the season and 26th of her career with 13 points and 13 rebounds. After scoring 18 points against Ole Miss, Richardson added 15 points Sunday. Katia May had seven points, six assists and four rebounds.
Dillingham finished 6-of-16 from the field, including a 5-of-9 day from 3-point line.
Missouri received 14 points apiece from Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye.
MSU returns to the road for a 7 p.m. start Thursday at LSU.