Feb. 16, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team scored the final 11 points of regulation to propel the squad to a dramatic 71-65 overtime victory over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. The win improved Mizzou's record to 12-13 overall and 4-7 in Big 12 play while the Cowgirls fell to 15-9 and 3-8.
"I'm really proud of our team," Head Coach Robin Pingeton said. "I thought they really rallied around each other. It speaks volumes about the growth over the year, their integrity, their toughness. They worked hard for it and I'm really proud of them."
The Tigers, who were down as many as 13 in the second half, trailed Oklahoma State by 11, 54-43, with 3:45 remaining in the contest. A three-pointer from junior Christine Flores started an 11-0 Mizzou run to end regulation and send the game into overtime. Flores scored nine of Missouri's 11 points during the stretch, including a three-point play and another trey. Her second three of the run evened the score at 54-54 with 1:10 left in the contest.
Oklahoma State had a chance to win the game in the remaining seconds but Brown stole the ball away, giving the Tigers one last shot. Brown dribbled down the court but her 35-foot heave bounced off the iron.
Missouri opened the extra session with a 9-2 run to go up 63-56 with 2:17 left. The Cowgirls managed to get within four but the Tigers hit enough free throws to preserve a 71-65 victory. Flores paced Mizzou with 23 points, while Brown had 20 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. Sophomore Trenee Thornton posted career highs 10 points and five assists.
Toni Young led the Cowgirls with 22 points and 22 rebounds.
The score remained close throughout the first half, as neither team gained more than a five-point advantage. A three-pointer from sophomore Sydney Crafton gave the Tigers a 21-16 lead with 9:17 left in the first but the Cowgirls scored six straight points for a 23-21 advantage. With Missouri ahead 30-27, Oklahoma State again used a 6-0 run to enter the break on top 33-30.
Missouri's offense went cold at the beginning of the second half, as the Cowgirls reeled off a 16-6 run to take a 49-36 lead with 9:40 left in the contest. The Tigers' deficit remained in double-digits until Flores jumpstarted the Mizzou's 11-0 closing run.
Mizzou hits the road to face the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan. The contest will be televised live on Metro Sports.
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