Missouri falls to Xavier, 68-60

MUTIGERS.COM Christine Flores had 18 points for Missouri.
Christine Flores had 18 points for Missouri.

Jan. 5, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team staged a strong second half comeback but fell just short as the Mizzou fell to No. 14/16 Xavier 68-60 Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fall to 10-3 with the loss while the Musketeers improve to 10-3 on the season.

Down 15 points, 62-47, with 5:21 remaining in the game, Missouri used a layup from junior RaeShara Brown to jumpstart an 11-0 run over the next three minutes. During the run, the Tigers used big three-pointers from seniors Jessra Johnson and Amanda Hanneman and a layup from Johnson that cut the Musketeer lead to four, 62-58, with 2:14 on the clock.

Both teams remained scoreless until Xavier's Special Jennings made two free throws with 40 seconds left. Johnson responded with two freebies of her own with 24 seconds on the clock to again cut Missouri's deficit to four, 64-60, but the Musketeers made four more free throws in the final seconds to claim the 68-60 victory.

Sophomore Christine Flores led the Tigers with 19 points and three blocks while senior Jessra Johnson joined Flores in double figures with 11 points. Junior RaeShara Brown dished out a game high five assists.

Mizzou used strong inside play to get off to a hot start, as Flores connected on two baskets and Jones hit another for a quick 6-0 Tiger lead 2:41 into the game. The Musketeers came roaring back to tie the game at 10-10 with 13:31 on the clock and used a 24-13 run over the rest of the half to enter the break on top 34-23.

Flores outscored Xavier 8-2 on her own over the first 3:19 of the second half as the Tigers cut Xavier's lead to six, 36-30. The Musketeers gradually rebuilt their lead and eventually earned their biggest lead of the night, 62-47, after Ta'Shia Phillips scored five straight points with 5:21 remaining in the game.

The Tigers open Big 12 Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 9 with a 1 p.m. CT contest at Colorado in Boulder, Colo. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Midwest with Drew Goodman on play-by-play duties and Ceal Barry serving as the color analyst.



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