COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cierra Porter scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 15 Missouri hold off Florida 66-64 on Monday night.
Sophie Cunningham, averaging 18.4 points per game, scored her final points of the game, 10, on a baseline jumper to extend Missouri's lead to 64-59.
Florida guard Funda Nakkasoglu sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:01 remaining to pull within 66-64. Missouri took some time off the clock after a defensive foul but Florida deflected the ball out of bounds off Cunningham's knee at 12.1. The Gators' offense stalled near the 3-point arc and Haley Lorenzen didn't hit the rim on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Jordan Frericks scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter for Missouri (18-5, 6-4 Southeastern Conference). Porter scored 21 of Missouri's 32 first-half points as she was 8 of 12 from the field and the rest of the team was just 5-of-19 shooting.
Delicia Washington led Florida (10-13, 2-8) with 23 points.