RaeShara Brown (File Photo)
Jan. 8, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team upset the No. 22/24 Texas Longhorns 85-80 in overtime after scoring the final 12 points of regulation to send the game to the extra session. The win, Mizzou's second over a ranked foe this season, improved Missouri's record to 9-6 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 Conference play. The Longhorns fell to 11-4 overall and 0-1 in conference action.
Trailing 72-60, Missouri used two free throws from senior RaeShara Brown with 2:26 remaining to jumpstart the Tigers' comeback. Junior Christine Flores then scored eight straight points, including two three-point plays, to cut Texas' lead to 72-70 with 58 seconds left. Senior Shakara Jones tied the contest with 22 seconds on the clock and Flores blocked two shots by Texas' Ashleigh Fontenette in the waning seconds to send the game into overtime.
Senior Jasmyn Otote nailed a three to open the extra session and Mizzou used free throws to preserve the 85-80 victory.
Brown led Mizzou with a career high 27 points, to go along with five assists and three steals. Flores posted 24 points and four blocks while Otote scored a career best 14 points, including four three-pointers. Jones joined the trio in double figures with 12 points and junior BreAnna Brock grabbed a career high nine rebounds to lead the team.
With the Tigers on top 5-2, the Longhorns went on a 9-0 run, capped by a layup from Ashleigh Fontenette, as the visitors grabbed an 11-5 lead with 13:33 left in the first frame. Mizzou trailed 19-11 when the team scored eight unanswered points, including a layup from Jones off a nice feed from Brock, to knot the score at 19-19 with 4:37 on the clock.
Texas responded with a basket from Fontenette but senior Jasmyn Otote hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give Missouri a 22-21 advantage with 4:12 remaining before the break.
The score stayed tight in the final minutes of the half. Brown nailed a jumper to get the Tigers within two, 31-29, with 34 seconds on the clock but the Longhorns used a jumper from Fontenette in the final seconds to take a 33-29 halftime lead.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 10-point advantage, 48-38, less than four minutes into the second frame. Mizzou chipped away at Texas' lead and got within one, 60-59, after Brock hit a jumper, with 6:59 remaining. But the Longhorns responded with a 12-1 run over the next four minutes to built its biggest lead of the game, 72-60, with 2:49 left in the contest.
The win marked only the second time Mizzou defeated Texas, as the Longhorns entered the contest with a 19-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Tigers' only other win against the Longhorns was a 68-52 victory on Jan. 6, 2001.
Missouri shot 57.7 percent in the second half to Texas' 39 percent, compared to 26.3 percent shooting for the Tigers and 50.0 percent shooting for the Longhorns in the first 20 minutes.
Mizzou travels to Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 12 to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. The Tigers then return to Mizzou Arena for an 11 a.m. contest against the No. 5/7 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, Jan. 15. The game against the Aggies will be televised live on FSN, with Brenda VanLangen calling the action and Debbie Antonelli serving as the color analyst.
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