Tigers Fall Short Against Texas Tech

MUTIGERS.COM Sydney Crafton recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
Sydney Crafton recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds on the night.

Jan. 7, 2012

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Columbia, Mo.- The Missouri Women's Basketball team dropped to Texas Tech on Saturday (Jan. 7). The Tigers (10-3, 0-2 Big 12) outshot the Lady Raiders (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) 44 percent to 37.1, but it was not enough to take the lead. Four Tigers scored in double figures, and Sydney Crafton recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds on the game.

With 16 points on the game, Senior Christine Flores earned her 50th double figure scoring game. She has scored in double figures 13 times this season. Senior BreAnna Brock recorded 14 points in the contest and freshman Kyley Simmons tallied 10 points, one away from her career-high of 11 points. Crafton played a huge role in the game and she was well on her way to her double-double as she had already scored 10 points at half.

Texas Tech took an early lead in the game, sinking two free throws in the first minute of the game. BreAnna Brock immediately answered with a jumper, setting the stage for a back-and-forth contest. Missouri took its first lead (14-13) six minutes into the game with a three-pointer from Kyley Simmons. The two teams exchanged baskets until the 15th minute of play. Morgan Eye hit a layup to bring the Tigers up on Texas Tech 26-25. Mizzou held the lead, heading into halftime with a 34-28 lead. The Tigers outrebounded the Lady Raiders 18-14 at half and shot a consistent 44 percent to TTU's 39.3.

Missouri started the scoring in the second half with a three-pointer from Flores in the first minute, but the Lady Raiders had cut Mizzou's lead down to two with 15 minutes left. The Tigers fought to stay on top, answering every shot from Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders weren't able to pull away until there were six minutes left to play. Texas Tech's Chynna Brown sunk two free throws to give the Lady Raiders a 58-53 edge. Christine Flores hit a trey with just over a minute left in the game to bring Mizzou within four points, but two free throws from Casey Morris with 12 were the deciding factor.

Missouri outscored the Lady Raiders 28-14 in the paint, marking the ninth time this season that the Tigers have done so. The Tigers also outshot the Lady Raiders from the charity stripe. Mizzou made 81.3 percent of its free throws while the Lady Raiders sunk 71.4 percent.

Missouri's next contest is on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Manhattan Kansas. The Tigers match-up against Kansas State will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be aired on FSNKC. Fans can keep up with Missouri Women's Basketball on MUTigers.com as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MissouriWBB) and Twitter (@MissouriWBB).



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