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Mizzou Earns 58-55 Overtime Win

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March 7, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team outscored the Texas Tech Lady Raiders 11-8 in overtime as the Tigers picked up a 58-55 victory on Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The win was the 250 of Head Coach Cindy Stein's career.

The Tigers improved to 12-17 overall and 2-14 in league play while the Lady Raiders fell to 17-13 and 5-11.

Senior Jessra Johnson led the Tigers with 18 points. The forward also recorded seven rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. Sophomore Christine Flores scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while junior RaeShara Brown had nine points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Texas Tech took an early 4-0 lead to start the contest but the Tigers responded with an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to take an 11-6 advantage with 13:39 left in the first frame. Johnson posted seven of those points and assisted on another.

A jumper from Chynna Brown got the Lady Raiders and jumpstarted a 9-0 Tech run as the visitors took a 15-11 lead with 7:03 on the clock. Mizzou chipped away at its deficit until senior Amanda Hanneman hit a three-pointer at the 3:54 mark of the first frame for a 19-18 Tiger advantage. Missouri used jumpers from Johnson and Jones to enter the break on top 23-20.

After the Lady Raiders opened second half scoring, the Tigers reeled off nine straight points for a 32-22 advantage with 14:54 left in the game. Three different players scored during the run, including four apiece from Brown and Johnson.

A layup from Kierra Mallard got Texas Tech rolling as the team used an 8-2 run to pull within four, 34-30, with 10:40 remaining in the contest. With Mizzou on top 39-33, the Lady Raiders scored the next six points to knot the game at 39-39 with 5:10 left.

The score went back and forth over the final minutes but Texas Tech took a 45-43 lead off a Mallard jumper at the 2:41 mark. Neither team got on the scoreboard for almost two minutes, until Johnson hit two free throws after getting fouled for a 45-45 game with 1:02 remaining.

After Monique Smalls made two freebies of her own, Johnson found Christine Flores for a layup to again tie the score at 47-47 with 30 seconds left. The Tigers played tough defense on the Lady Raider's final possession to prevent a shot attempt and send the game to overtime.

Mizzou opened the overtime period on fire, scoring the first eight points, including five from Flores, to go on top 54-47 with 1:36 remaining. Texas Tech came back with a 8-2 run of its own to cut Missouri's lead to one, 56-55, with just 30 seconds on the clock. Senior Toy Richbow and Brown each hit one of two free throws and the Lady Raiders missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to preserve the 58-55 Tiger win.

Missouri next travels to Kansas City, Mo., for the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. As the 12-seed, the Tigers will play at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Mizzou will find out its first round opponent Sunday evening.