Feb. 18, 2012
Lawrence, Kan.--Missouri Women's Basketball earned its first conference victory on Saturday (Feb. 18) in Allen Fieldhouse. The Tigers topped the Jayhawks, 70-65, to improve to 11-14 overall this season and 1-13 in Big 12 play. Mizzou shot 57.4-percent against Kansas to earn the best field goal percentage since 2005 when Mizzou shot 58.5-percent against Southern Illinois. The Tigers' win also improves Mizzou's lead in the M&I Bank Border Showdown Series to 15.5-1.5.
The Tigers were led by senior Christine Flores who put up 24 points in the contest. Both Sydney Crafton and Kyley Simmons recorded 13 points each to give the Tigers a boost as well.
Led by a three from Flores, Mizzou started out the game on an 8-0 run to gain an early lead over the Jayhawks. Kansas got on the board at the 16:30 mark with two free throws by Monica Engelman, but the Jayhawks never caught up. Missouri's defense held Kansas to just 37.5 percent from the field in the first half as the Jayhawks hit 9-of-24 field goal attempts. Mizzou went 6-for-8 from behind the arc in the first, and the Tigers went into the locker room with a 15-point lead. At the half, Mizzou was up on the Jayhawks 37-22.
The two teams traded baskets to start off the second half, but the Tigers were able to stay ahead. Kansas cut the Tigers' lead to four with 12 minutes left in the second half. Sydney Crafton hit a layup to bring the score back up, 51-45 in favor of the Tigers. Flores was fouled a few seconds later, and she made both of her free throws. Flores was 7-for-7 from the charity stripe against KU, and the Tigers made 9-of-10 free throws in the contest.
Both teams continued to trade baskets and the Jayhawks turned it into a one-possession game with just over a minute left to play. With 27 seconds left on the clock, Flores was fouled. She again made both shots to secure the Tigers' win over Kansas, 70-65.
Mizzou will have another road contest on Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Ames, Iowa, for another meeting with the Iowa State Cyclones. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for more information on Mizzou Women's Basketball. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook (facebook.com/MissouriWBB) and Twitter (@MissouriWBB).