Nov. 2, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team picked up a 67-60 exhibition victory over Missouri Western on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers used a game high 25 points from junior Christine Flores in Robin Pingeton's debut as head coach.
Flores shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc, in 27 minutes for the Tigers. Senior RaeShara Brown had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with a game high six assists. Freshman Paige Spietz made three of her four shot attempts to finish with seven points and senior Jasmyn Otote nabbed four steals.
"It wasn't pretty but it was good to get out there and play against someone else," Pingeton said. "We have to come back to practice tomorrow, roll up our sleeves and go back to work. It was a good first night out just to test where we're at and we look forward to practice tomorrow."
Senior Shakara Jones got the Tigers on the board with 18:45 on the clock after grabbing an offensive board and making a layup to knot the score at 2-2. The game remained tight over the next few minutes as neither team could gain an advantage.
Brown nabbed a steal with 11:22 on the and the Tigers used good ball movement on the ensuing possession before senior Jasmyn Otote found Flores for a foul line jumper to cut Missouri Western's lead to two, 15-13. Flores then hit a layup on a pass from junior Bekah Mills on an inbounds to tie the game at 15-15 with 10:53 remaining in the opening frame.
With the Griffons leading 18-15, Brown hit a three-pointer and forced a turnover on the other end for an 18-18 game with 8:04 left in the first half.
Missouri Western then scored the game's next seven points over the next two minutes to build its biggest lead of the contest.
Freshman Paige Spietz entered the game with 3:06 left in the first and made an immediate impact as the forward hit one-of-two free throws and a layup on Mizzou's next possession. The basket brought the Tigers within one, 25-24, with 1:56 on the clock. However, the Griffons used a 7-2 run to close the half to enter the break with a 32-26 advantage.
Mizzou's offense came alive in the second half as Flores got hot from the field. The forward hit a long jumper, sank a three and made a layup to tie the score at 37-37 with 14:52 remaining in the contest.
With the score knotted at 42-42, Flores nailed another three and Brown grabbed a defensive rebound and hit a layup as Missouri went on top 47-42 at the 11:31 mark of the second half. The Griffons, however, did not go away and took a 54-53 lead after Jessica Koch hit a jumper off an assist from Lauren Nolke.
A free throw from junior BreAnna Brock and another layup from Flores put Mizzou back on top, 56-54, with 7:15 left in the game. Missouri Western stayed close but the Tigers never relinquished their lead as the team earned the 67-60 victory.
The Tigers outscored the Griffons 34-10 in the paint and 24-3 in second chance points.
Koch led Missouri Western with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Mizzou concludes exhibition play with a 2 p.m. contest against Oklahoma City on Sunday, Nov. 7. The Tigers then hit the road to officially start the season as the team clashes with Memphis on Friday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn.
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