March 1, 2007
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Shaquina Mosley scored on a layup with 12 seconds left and made a pair of free throws to lead Kansas to a 70-66 win over Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night.
The loss for Missouri (17-12, 5-11 Big 12) means the Tigers will be the 10th seed in next week's Big 12 Championship and will face No. 7 Texas (17-13, 6-10) in the first round at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The winner will play No. 2 seed Oklahoma at the same time in Wednesday's quarterfinals.
For the Tigers, Tiffany Brooks scored 19 points and had eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. EeTisha Riddle added 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a career-high five blocks.
With Kansas leading 64-61, Carlynn Savant made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 64 with just under two minutes remaining. The Tigers had a chance to take the lead on the next possession following a Brooks steal when she forced a held-ball with Mosley, but Riddle's layup rolled around the rim and off.
Kansas took advantage of the Tigers misfortune and grabbed a two-point lead on a Taylor McIntosh layup with 52 seconds left before Alyssa Hollins tied it again on an 19-footer from the top of the key.
After Mosley's bucket with 12 tics left gave the Jayhawks a lead, the Tigers turned the ball over and were forced to foul leading to her free throws.
The Tigers shot 45 percent in the game but made just 11-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Kansas (10-19, 4-12) shot over 50 percent in both halves and finished the game at 53 percent. Mosley finished with 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting. McIntosh added17, while Danielle McCray scored 11 and a team-best seven rebounds.
Kansas opened the game with a 9-4 lead and slowly extended it to double figures with a 5-0 run to go ahead 18-8 with 13:05 on the clock. With the Jayhawks holding a 29-16 advantage, Riddle took control for the Tigers and scored seven of her nine first-half points in a 7-1 Mizzou run. That cut the margin to 35-29 at the half.
Mizzou shot just 35 percent compared to Kansas' 52 percent. The Tigers stayed close with a plus-seven rebound margin, including nine offensive boards. MU also made eight free throws.