Feb. 26, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Colorado's Britney Blythe hit a game-winning three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining as the University of Missouri women's basketball team suffered a 63-59 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The loss dropped the Tigers' record to 12-16 overall and 4-10 in Big 12 Conference action while the Buffs improved to 14-13 and 5-9.
Mizzou led 59-54 with 2:32 on the clock after a layup from Senior RaeShara Brown but Colorado scored the final nine points of the contest to come away with the victory. An old fashioned three-point play from Meagan Malcolm-Peck at the 1:43 mark cut the Tigers' lead to one, 59-58.
Neither team managed to find the basket over the next minute and a half as Missouri clung to its narrow advantage. Colorado's Brittany Spears missed a trey with 19 seconds on the clock but Julie Seabrook grabbed the offensive board and found Blythe, who nailed a three with 15 seconds remaining for a 61-59 Buff lead.
Brown drove into the lane looking to tie the score but her layup attempt was swatted away by Rachel Hargis. Spears hit two free throws with five seconds to put Colorado up 63-59, which held on to be the final score.
Junior Christine Flores recorded her fifth career double-double with a team high 18 points and 14 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Brown, who had 17 points and four assists.
The score remained tight in the first half, with neither team gaining more than a five-point advantage. A three-pointer from senior Jasmyn Otote gave the Tigers a 24-22 edge with 5:02 left in the first half but the Buffs reeled off seven straight points to take a 29-24 lead with 2:24 on the clock.
A three-pointer from senior Shakara Jones and a free throw from Brown brought the Tigers within one, 29-28, with 1:25 left but Chucky Jeffrey nailed a three for Colorado for a 31-28 Buffaloes halftime lead.
Colorado remained on top for most of the second half and used two free throws from Spears at the 6:35 mark for a 51-47 Buff edge. Mizzou pulled within one when Flores converted a three-point play but Spears again responded with a jumper with 6:02 left in the game.
A three from Otote and a layup from Jones gave the Tigers their first lead since the first half, 55-53. After Spears tied the score up on a jumper, Mizzou took advantage of driving layups from sophomore Trenee Thornton and Brown to go up four, 59-58, at the 2:32 mark.
Spears paced the Buffs with 26 points and nine rebounds.
Mizzou travels to Waco, Texas, on Wednesday, March 2 to face the No. 3 Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. The Tigers then close out the regular season on Saturday, March 5 as the team hosts Iowa State at 4 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.