Kansas State Defeats Mizzou, 65-50

MUTIGERS.COM Jessra Johnson
Jessra Johnson

Jan. 13, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Strong second half shooting by the Kansas State Wildcats propelled the visiting team to a 65-50 victory over the University of Missouri women's basketball team Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play while the Wildcats improved to 10-6 and 2-0.

Senior Jessra Johnson led the way for the Tigers with 12 points, while juniors RaeShara Brown and Shakara Jones each chipped in nine points apiece.

Missouri's defense clicked early as the team forced the Wildcats into a shot clock violation on their first possession. The defense sparked offense as the Tigers took a quick 6-2 advantage with 16:10 remaining in the first half after sophomore Christine Flores made two free throws and a layup and senior Amanda Hanneman sank a basket.

The Wildcats came back and took a 7-6 lead but Johnson made two free throws and senior Toy Richbow nailed a three-point basket for an 11-7 game at the 12:05 mark.

A layup from Kansas State's Brittany Chambers cut Mizzou's lead to 13-12 but the Tigers responded with an 8-0 run, with a three-point play from Jones, a three-pointer from Johnson and a layup from Flores, for a 21-12 lead with 6:37 on the clock.

Kansas State chipped away at MU's lead and pulled within one, 26-25, with 11 seconds on the clock but Brown sank a baseline jumper with two seconds remaining for a 28-25 Tiger halftime advantage.

The teams stayed close in the opening minutes of the second half. A jumper from Richbow put the Tigers ahead 32-27 with 17:20 remaining but five straight points by the Wildcats knotted the game at 32-32 a minute and a half later.

With the score tied at 34-34 five minutes into the half, Kansas State's offense caught fire, as the team hit 10 consecutive baskets, including six three-pointers, to build a 59-43 lead with 6:39 on the clock.

The Wildcats shot 62.5 percent from behind the arc in the game, including 87.5 percent in the second half.

The Tigers travel to Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday, Jan. 17 for a 1 p.m. matchup against Border Showdown rival Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. Mizzou then hosts No. 13 Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.




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