MACOMB, Ill. – Sophie Cunningham scored 31 points and No. 16 Missouri opened the season Tuesday night with an 89-64 win over Western Illinois.
Lauren Aldridge and Amber Smith added 14 points apiece for the Tigers, who scored the first four points of the game and never trailed.
Annabel Graettinger and Olivia Kaufmann had 18 points apiece for the Leathernecks.
Missouri, which had a 52-32 rebounding advantage, held Western Illinois to 29 percent shooting (17 for 59). The Tigers went 33 for 71 (46.5 percent).
Missouri is the first Power Five team to play at Western Illinois since 1997.