Mizzou Falls, 62-57, to No. 17 Texas A&M

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Morgan Eye netted 19 points and drained five triples.</i>
Morgan Eye netted 19 points and drained five triples.

Jan. 23, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior sharpshooter Morgan Eye ripped five 3-pointers and posted 19 points as Mizzou women's basketball lost, 62-57, to No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday evening (Jan. 23) at Mizzou Arena. Thursday's contest marked the Tigers' fourth consecutive game against an AP Top-25 team. Eye and company are now 13-6 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. Texas A&M moves to 16-4 overall and is 6-0 in SEC play.

Aside from Eye, Mizzou got 14 points from senior forward Bri Kulas, who battled foul trouble for much of the second half. She connected on 5-of-10 shots from the floor and 4-of-6 from the stripe. Eight of her 14 points came after the break as she has now scored in double-figures in 17 of Mizzou's 19 games this season, including seven straight.

Eye did most of her damage in the first half, sinking 5-of-7 from distance as Mizzou hit 7-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half against the nation's second-ranked 3-point defense. But A&M locked down the 3-point line in the second half and limited Mizzou to 0-for-5 shooting following the break.

A&M got 12 first-half points from Courtney Walker, who finished with a game-high 21. Mizzou grabbed 38 rebounds while limiting A&M to 33. Kulas led the way with 11, good for her fourth double-double of the season.

Mizzou enjoyed an early 16-9 cushion after Eye sunk three triples in the first seven minutes of play. Texas A&M eventually closed the gap and took a brief lead before Eye buried back-to-back threes on consecutive possessions, allowing the Tigers to control a 33-31 advantage at the halftime break.

With 64 total three-pointers made this season, Eye is now third in the nation individually in that category. She needs just two more long balls to surpass Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, who has knocked down 66.

Texas A&M seized the momentum in the second half, grabbing a 47-39 lead while preventing Eye and the Tigers from getting any more open looks from long range. The Tigers turned to the post for production down the stretch. Forward Kayla McDowell scored all six of her points the final 20 minutes. Fellow freshman Jordan Frericks' driving layup with 8:37 to play cut Mizzou's deficit to 50-45. Frericks finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Despite dealing with four fouls throughout most of the second half, Kulas also contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her tough bucket with just under three minutes to play pulled the Tigers within four, but Texas A&M answered with two clutch mid range jumpers in the final moments.

Missouri will now travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State on Sunday. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou women's basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouWBB.



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