Mizzou Tops Kansas State in a Thriller, 61-56

MUTIGERS.COM Liene Priede hit a three to send the game into overtime with just 2.6 seconds  left in regulation.
Liene Priede hit a three to send the game into overtime with just 2.6 seconds left in regulation.

Feb. 25, 2012

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Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers (12-15, 2-14) showed a flare for the dramatic on Saturday (Feb. 25) as they won their first home conference game of the year, a 61-56 overtime win against the Kansas State Wildcats (18-10, 9-7). Senior BreAnna Brock led the way for Mizzou with her seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Christine Flores also had an impressive day with a game-high 20 points and 7 rebounds. Liene Priede's three with 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 53 and forced the game into overtime.

Mizzou started strong in this game, scoring on their second possession as Brock hit a layup, then Morgan Eye made her first three of the game on the following possession. The Tigers were solid defensively as well, holding Kansas State scoreless until the 17:13 mark, where the Tigers held a 5-2 lead. Eye sunk two free throws after the under-16 media timeout to give Mizzou a 7-4 lead, then the Tigers locked down defensively, forcing two consecutive turnovers. The second takeaway led to a three by Flores, her first points of the contest. Brock's second layup gave Mizzou a 12-4 lead with 12:20 to go in the half. The Wildcats responded on their next possession with a three, stopping the 7-0 run by the Tigers.

After a Kansas State three cut the Tigers' lead to two points, Mizzou answered with a Brock free throw and an easy layup for Eye, quickly building the lead back to five, 15-10. The Wildcats then made two free throws, but Flores answered with her second three-pointer of the game. A 7-0 run by Kansas State gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 19-18 at the 7:18 mark. Two free throws by Sydney Crafton then allowed Missouri to retake the lead. The teams then traded buckets, as Kansas State's score was answered by Flores, but the Wildcats took the lead again on their next possession. Kyley Simmons gave Mizzou a two-point lead when she made her first shot of the game, a three-pointer.

Liz Smith got on the board with a layup after Kansas State took a one-point lead. Kansas State split a pair of free throws with less than 10 seconds remaining in the half, and the two teams went into the locker rooms tied at 27.

The Tigers took the lead on their first possession of the second half, as Brock grabbed an offensive rebound and sunk the put-back for a two-point lead. Flores then hit both free throws after being fouled on a layup attempt, giving Mizzou a four-point advantage. Brock's second layup of the half then gave the Tigers a 33-27 lead, but Kansas State ended the Tigers' 6-0 run on their next possession. The Wildcats made a three after Flores split a pair of free throws to cut the Tiger lead to 34-32. Brock then cleaned up Eye's missed three for another easy put-back, and Mizzou took the four point advantage into the under-16 media timeout.

Kansas State was able to cut the lead to two points on a runner in the lane, but Flores answered with a jumper to push the lead back to multiple possessions, at 38-34. The Wildcats were able to cut the lead to one after an and-one layup, tied the game after making one of two free throws, and then took their first lead of the second half on a transition layup with 9:27 remaining. Smith cut the deficit to one with a made free throw at the 9-minute mark, but Kansas State grew the lead to three with a layup. Liene Pride's first points came from the foul line and cut the Wildcats lead to one. Brock gave Mizzou the lead with another layup at the 5:48 mark, but Kansas State answered with eight straight points. Because of the run, the Wildcats took a 50-43 lead into the final four minutes of play.

Flores ended the run with a jumper from behind the free throw line, and Mizzou trailed by five at the under-4 media timeout. Two Flores free throws then cut the deficit to three points with 2:04 remaining. After several defensive stands, Mizzou broke a scoreless streak for both teams when Flores converted on two free throws with 33.1 seconds left, cutting the lead again to a single point.

Kansas State split a pair of free throws before any time elapsed, and Brock was fouled after sealing a double-double with the rebound from the missed free throw, but she was unable to convert on either shot. Mizzou and Kansas State then traded free throws, and the Tigers had a chance to tie the game with the ball on the offensive end, down by three and 8.9 seconds remaining.

Priede took the inbound pass, and ran cross court through several screens. With 2.6 seconds remaining, Priede's shot banked in to tie the game. The Wildcats were unable to register a shot on the ensuing possession, and the game went into overtime.

Brock opened the scoring in the extra set with a layup, the third time that the senior was able to open the scoring in a period. Kansas State responded with a three to take the lead on the following possession. Flores split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 56. With 1:28 remaining, a Kansas State turnover turned into two points for the Tigers when Simmons hit Priede in stride on a fast break for an easy layup. Priede added to the Tiger lead with two free throws at the 37.9-second mark. Another Priede free throw iced the game for Mizzou, who would win the hard-fought contest by a final score of 61-56.

The Tigers have one home game remaining this season, against Texas on Tuesday (Feb. 28). That contest will be the seniors' final game in Mizzou Arena. Keep track of Mizzou women's basketball on MUTigers.com or the team twitter page (@MissouriWBB) for up to the minute news on the Tigers.



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