Feb. 4, 2007
AMES, Iowa - Carlynn Savant led four Tigers in double figures and registered her third double-double of the season but Missouri fell to Iowa State, 76-68, at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday.
Both teams shot 45 percent from the floor and combined for 19 3-pointers but Iowa State got to the free throw line 13 more times than Missouri and converted nine more freebies to account for the difference on the scoreboard.
Missouri (14-8, 2-7 Big 12) connected on a season high 10 3-pointers with Savant and Alyssa Hollins making three apiece.
Iowa State (17-6, 5-5) also had success from outside as they made six of their nine in the second half. The big shots came from Lyndsey Medders and Heather Ezell in the final minutes.
Medders, who did not start after missing the Cyclones' last game with a concussion, made her only field goal of Sunday's contest with 2:26 left from the left wing to give ISU a 69-60 lead. On the next possession, Ezell followed the second of Savant's three triples with her third of the day to push the lead back to nine with 1:24 to play.
The closest Mizzou could get the rest of the way was 75-68 with 11 tics left when Savant followed a pair of free throws with her 134th career 3-pointer, which pulled her to within six of the school-record. She led all players with 13 rebounds and added a block and a steal in 36 minutes. She was 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from outside.
EeTisha Riddle finished with 15 points and five boards. She had 10 in the second half on 4-of-6 shooting but played just 11 minutes as she was whistled for her second and third fouls in the opening five minutes of the second period. Hollins had 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Tiffany Brooks was the fourth Tiger in double digits with 10 points.
Iowa State got the ball inside to Nicky Wieben as she led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and season-high 11 rebounds. 20 of her points came in the paint as ISU outscored MU 26-18 inside. Ezell had 15 and Alison Lacy contributed a trio of 3-pointers for 11 points. Medders had 10 off the bench.
The Cyclones jumped out to a 10-4 lead on the strength of 3-pointers from Ezell and Megan Ronhovde that forced a MU time out with 16:40 on the clock. The Tigers responded with consecutive three's of their own from Hollins and Blair Hardiek to tie it at 10 just 70 seconds later. Brooks then capped off the 9-0 Tiger run with her third triple of the season from the top of the key.
After a Rachel Pierson bucket in the lane, Mizzou stretched its lead to 17-12 following a free throw from Riddle and Hollins' second three of the half. The Tiger lead reached six when Hollins got free for another 3-pointer that made it 24-18 with 8:26 left.
ISU came back and used a 15-6 run to take a 33-30 lead. The Cyclones led 35-33 at the half. MU committed eight turnovers that ISU turned into 11 points in the period.
Ronhovde hit a three at the start of the second half to build a five-point ISU cushion, but Missouri answered with baskets by Riddle and Brooks to cut the lead to one, 38-37. Mizzou stayed within six through the first 15 minutes of the second half and got to within one on three different occessions.
The Tigers trailed by seven and cut the margin to 64-60 on a three-point play by Riddle with 4:03 to play. But Wieben scored her final points of the game and the Cyclones got the aforementioned two treys from Ezell and Medders.
Missouri will return home to face No. 18/20 Texas A&M (17-4, 7-2) on Wednesday night. Tip-off at Mizzou Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. CST.