Colorado Defeats Mizzou, 61-56



Jan. 24, 2009

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team staged a late second half rally but could not pull out the victory as the team fell to Colorado 61-56 Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. The loss dropped the Tigers' record to 10-8 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 Conference play while the Buffaloes improved to 9-8 and 1-4.

Sophomore RaeShara Brown scored a career high 17 points and nabbed a team high three steals to pace to Tigers. Junior Jessra Johnson dropped in 14 points to go along with six rebounds.

With the game tied at 4-4, senior Alyssa Hollins sank a three-pointer, hit a layup off a free from Brown, then found sophomore Shakara Jones for a basket as the Tigers went up 11-4 with 15:09 left in the first. A trey and a jumper from Johnson as well as a basket from Brown upped Mizzou's lead to 10, 18-10, with 13:18 on the clock.

The Buffs responded with a 14-3 run over the next 7:10 to take a 22-21 advantage. Colorado kept up its strong play throughout the remainder of the half and entered the break with a 35-30 advantage.

After the Buffaloes scored the first five points of the second frame for a 40-30 lead, Missouri rattled off the next eight, including five points, an assist and a steal from Brown, as the Tigers got within 40-38 with 15:38 left.

Colorado used another small run to go back up 11, 52-41, with 11:09 remaining after Courtney Dunn hit a three. While down 10, 54-44, the Tigers reeled off seven consecutive points to pull within four, 54-50, with 6:39 on the clock.

Mizzou stayed close in the waning minutes and a layup from Brown cut the Buff's lead to 59-56 with 44 seconds left but the Tigers could not get any closer.

Missouri returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 28 for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (12-5, 1-3). The Tigers will then travel to Norman, Okla., for a game against the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (15-2, 4-0) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.



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