Feb. 23, 2000
COLUMBIA, Mo.- Missouri and Kansas fought through five lead changes in the final five minutes of the game before Mizzou came out on top 65-62 over the 24th-ranked Jayhawks. The win was Missouri's (17-8, 7-7) second victory over a ranked opponent this month. Texas Tech fell victim to the Tigers back on Feb. 8.
Missouri's seniors led the way paced by Julie Helm's 22 points and five rebounds. Helm connected on two 3-point field goals making her the all-time three-point shooter (117) in Mizzou history. Helm finished the night 10-for-12 from the floor.
Fellow senior Amy Monsees added 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Tigers. It was a defensive play by Monsees that may have sealed the win. Kansas (19-7, 10-4) fed the ball into All-American Lynn Pride (21 points) with ten seconds left in the game. Monsees sneaked in from behind to poke the ball away and force a jump ball with the alternate possession arrow pointing Missouri's way.
Following a timeout, the Tigers took advantage of a defensive mishap by Kansas as point guard Natalie Bright hit a wide-open Marlena Williams (17 points) down court for an uncontested lay-up to give Missouri a 65-62 lead with seven seconds remaining. Kansas guard Selena Scott was fouled on her way to the basket with two seconds left disallowing the Jayhawks to get a three-point shot off.
Missouri, who is a perfect 16-0 when leading at halftime, took a 33-27 advantage at the half. After taking a 10-point lead, Kansas went on a 10-4 run to cut Mizzou's lead to 39-37 at the 16:07 mark of the second half. The Jayhawks then used another 10-0 run to take a 50-43 lead with 11:31 left to go.
Missouri would not see the lead again until the 5:04 mark when Amanda Lassiter hit Bright on a back-door cut to give the Tigers a 57-56 lead. Six different lead changes would ensue before the Tigers came out on top in the end.
Lassiter ended the game with four blocked shots, breaking a single-season record for blocks (62) formerly held by Lisa Sandbothe