Feb. 27, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team suffered a 67-51 defeat to the undefeated and No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 67-51, Saturday night at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The loss drops the Tigers to 11-16 overall and 1-13 in Big 12 Conference action while the Huskers improve to 27-0 and 14-0.
Junior RaeShara Brown scored a game high 21 points to tie her career high, which she set just four days ago against Colorado. Senior Jessra Johnson added 13 points and junior Shakara Jones pulled down a team high seven rebounds.
The two teams traded baskets in the early going, with the squads tied at 13-13 after Brown hit two free throws with 12:37 on the clock.
Nebraska used a three-pointer from Yvonne Turner and a jumper layup from Cory Montgomery to build a 22-15 advantage but junior Jasmyn Otote drove the lane and kicked out to Johnson, who nailed a three for a 22-18 game with 7:41 remaining in the first. Brown and Johnson combined to score Mizzou's first 18 points, with 11 from Brown and seven from Johnson.
With the Tigers trailing 30-23, senior Toy Richbow made a short baseline jumper to pull within two with 3:53 on the clock. Nebraska responded when Dominique Kelley made two freebies but Richbow responded again with two shots from the charity stripe of her own for a 32-27 game at the 2:49 mark.
The Huskers closed the first frame on an 8-0 run over the final 2:03, started by a Kala Kuhlmann jumper and concluded by two free throws from Griffin, for a 40-27 Nebraska halftime advantage.
After Nebraska scored the first five points of the second half to take an 18-point advantage, 45-27, Mizzou reeled off six straight points, the final basket after Brown grabbed a steal, took the ball the length of the floor and hit the layup. The field goal put the score at 45-33 with 14:20 left in the game. However, the home squad came roaring back with a 9-1 for its biggest lead to that point, 54-34 with 11:26 on the clock.
Missouri used a jumper from Brown, a baseline jumper from Flores and a trey from Brown to again get within striking distance, 54-41, at the 10:20 mark. But the Huskers responded immediately with a 9-4 run, including five from Turner, for an 18-point lead, 63-45, with 6:17 remaining. Nebraska stayed in control over the final minutes to hold on for the 67-51 final.
Mizzou travels to Austin, Texas, for a 7 p.m. contest against No. 14/16 Texas on Wednesday, March 3 at the Frank Irwin Center. The Tigers then return to Mizzou Arena for their final home game of the season in a matchup with Texas Tech on Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest, Missouri will honor seniors Amanda Hanneman, Jessra Johnson, Toy Richbow and Marissa Scott for their contributions to the women's basketball program.