Kansas Secures 61-59 Win Over Mizzou

MUTIGERS.COM Senior Jessra Johnson led the way with 16 points and four assists.
Senior Jessra Johnson led the way with 16 points and four assists.

Jan. 30, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Amanda Hanneman missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with one second remaining as the University of Missouri women's basketball team fell to the Kansas Jayhawks 61-59 Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fall to 11-9 overall and 1-6 in Big 12 Conference action with the loss, while the Jayhawks improve to 13-7 and 3-4.

Trailing 42-33 with 14:25 left in the contest, Mizzou used an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to knot the score at 44-44 with 9:30 on the clock. Hanneman started the run with a three-pointer and junior Shakara Jones hit two free throws for the game's first tie of the night.

Kansas used a jumper and a three to go back up five, 49-44, but the Tigers battled back until Hanneman sank another three with 4:06 remaining to again tie the game, this time at 55-55.

With 1:47 on the clock, Kansas' Nicollette Smith made a layup for a 61-57 Jayhawk lead but Johnson found sophomore Christine Flores for a layup with 1:01 left for a 61-59 game.

After the Jayhawks failed to score on their ensuing possession, Johnson missed a jumper with five seconds remaining that would have tied the game. Kansas touched the ball before it fell out of bounds giving the Tigers one more opportunity but Hanneman's three at the buzzer rimmed out.

Senior Jessra Johnson led the way with 16 points and four assists. She was joined in double figures by junior RaeShara Brown, who scored 12 points, and senior Amanda Hanneman, who added 10. Junior Shakara Jones narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

The Jayhawks took the lead early, eventually building a 12-point advantage, 26-14, with 6:22 remaining in the first half. Mizzou's offense came alive with a three-pointer from Brown and two free throws from Hanneman to cut Kansas' lead to seven, 26-19, with 4:23 on the clock.

After a layup from KU's Sade Morris gave the visiting team a 30-21 advantage, the Tigers scored the final five points of the first frame, including five points from Johnson, for a 30-26 Kansas halftime lead.

Mizzou hits the road to face No. 8 Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Reed Arena. The Tigers then return to Mizzou Arena for a clash with Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. The contest with the Cyclones will be televised live on FSN with Brent Stover on play-by-play duties and Brenda VanLengen serving as the color analyst.



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