RaeShara Brown (File Photo)
Feb. 5, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team led by as many as 12 in the second half but could not hold on as the Kansas State Wildcats earned a comeback 60-55 overtime victory Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fell to 11-12 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 Conference play while the Wildcats improved to 16-5 and 6-2.
Senior RaeShara Brown tied Missouri's all-time steals mark with three in the contest. She now has 248 in her career, which match's Tiger great Joni Davis' career record.
With Mizzou leading by 12 points, 47-35, the Wildcats reeled off a 13-1 run, thanks to four consecutive three-pointers by Brittany Chambers, to cut Missouri's advantage to 49-48 and 3:42 left.
Junior Christine Flores hit one-of-two free throws with 3:04 remaining to put the Tigers on top 50-48 but Kansas State used a layup from Mariah White at the 1:35 mark to knot the score at 50-50. Neither team managed to score in the final minute of regulation to send the contest to overtime.
A layup from sophomore Sydney Crafton gave the Tigers a 52-50 advantage with 3:15 left but Kansas State scored the next eight points to build a 58-52 lead and 27 seconds on the clock. Brown nailed a three-pointer 11 seconds later to make it a one possession game but the Wildcats hit two free throws and Mizzou could not find the bottom of the basket as Kansas State pulled out the 60-55 overtime victory.
Brown led the Tigers with 21 points, to go along with five rebounds and three steals. Senior Shakara Jones posted 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Flores added 11 points and two blocks. Crafton pulled down a team high seven boards.
Chambers paced the Wildcats with 27 points and Jalana Childs added 19.
The Tigers shot just 43.5 percent from the free throw line, including 41.2 percent in the final 25 minutes of the game.
Kansas State led for most of the first frame and had a 23-19 advantage with 3:07 left in the half. However, the Tigers used a jumper from Flores and a layup from Jones to enter the break tied at 23-23.
The score was tied at 28-28 early in the second when Missouri reeled off a 15-3 run to open a 43-31 advantage with 10:55 on the clock.
Mizzou next hits the court on Saturday, Feb. 12 when the team travels to Norman, Okla., to face the No. 13/11 Oklahoma Sooners at 2 p.m.
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