Kulas, Eye Combine for 37 in Loss to Alabama

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Morgan Eye nailed four 3-pointers as she continues to lead the SEC while ranking second nationally.</i>
Morgan Eye nailed four 3-pointers as she continues to lead the SEC while ranking second nationally.

Feb. 9, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Despite a strong second-half effort, Mizzou women's basketball lost a tight game, 59-56, to Alabama on Sunday at the annual Play4Kay game. The Tigers donned pink jerseys, supporting the Kay Yow Foundation and promoting breast cancer awareness. Bri Kulas and Morgan Eye combined for 37 points in the loss, led by Eye's game-high 19 points. Mizzou falls to 14-10 to overall and 3-8 in conference play.

Down 32-22 at half, Missouri turned it up a notch after the break. Kulas scored 13 of her 18 points in the final 20 minutes. The senior captain cut the deficit to eight with a three-pointer early in the frame. On the following possession, Eye knifed through the defense and delivered a nifty pass to a wide-open Kulas for a layup. Alabama held a slim 35-29 advantage with 17:17 left on the clock.

The Crimson Tide maintained its two-possession lead until Missouri crafted a game-changing 13-2 run to pull within one point. Eye led the charge, nailing a trey to get the run started. She scored seven points in a five-minute span and finished with a game-high 19 points on the afternoon.

Freshman Kayla McDowell made her presence known down low in the second half. She recorded her first double-double of SEC play, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. McDowell's free throws at the 7:40 mark gave Mizzou a 47-46 lead, its first of the game.

Alabama battled back, as the two teams traded buckets in the final minutes. After Eye buried her fourth three-pointer to hand the Tigers a 52-50 advantage, the Crimson Tide answered with a trey of its own.

Kulas earned a trip to the foul line and knocked down two free throws to give Missouri a 54-53 lead, but Alabama finished the game on a 6-2 run.

The Tigers get a week off before hitting the road on Feb. 16 to face Auburn. The game tips off at 2 p.m.



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