Jan. 26, 2014
Starkville, Miss. -Mizzou Women's Basketball dropped a tough contest to Mississippi State Sunday afternoon, 69-62, to fall to 13-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. Senior Bri Kulas and junior Morgan Eye led the Tigers on the day, each finishing with 14 points. Kulas grabbed eight rebounds in the game, and sophomore Lianna Doty was a tough competitor as well. Doty dished nine assists, one away from her season high, grabbing seven rebounds along the way.
After a quick Mississippi State lead to start the half, the Tigers got things going in Starkville, Miss. The two teams exchanged buckets for the lead before a Bri Kulas layup followed by one from freshman Sierra Michaelis put the Tigers on top for good. Mizzou went into the locker room at the break with a 32-27 advantage. Mizzou shot 50-percent from the field in the first half, led by a 3-for-5 effort from Kulas, who tallied seven first half points. Morgan Stock also closed out the half with seven points, and the Tigers held MSU to just 29.7-percent shooting in the first half.
Both teams came out of the locker room ready to go, Kulas started off the scoring in the half, but Mississippi State quickly tied things up at 36 with back-to-back buckets. After the first media timeout of the second half, MSU took the lead. The Tigers were able to tie it up thanks to foul shots from an MSU Technical, but the Bulldogs kept the pressure on.
MSU took the lead with a jumper followed by two foul shots with 11 minutes to play in the second half. The Bulldogs shot just under 50-percent in the second half and forced 12 Tiger turnovers.
The Tigers will host Vanderbilt this Thursday, Jan. 30 in a 7 p.m. contest. The Tigers welcome Mizzou students for Student Night. All students in attendance will receive black and gold beads and a special giveaway item.
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