LaToya Bond had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals Saturday afternoon.
Nov. 5, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou women made over half their shots, and limited Missouri Southern to under 29 percent shooting, in coasting to an 89-56 exhibition win over the Lions Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Senior C Christelle N'Garsanet (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire / Illinois Central College) led all scorers with 16 points and had a game-high-tying seven rebounds. Senior G LaToya Bond (Urbana, Ill. / Urbana HS) had an excellent all-around game after scoring 14 points, and posting seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Danielle DeVader led Missouri Southern with 12 points.
The Tigers opened to a 9-2 lead by hitting their first five shots of the game - a 3-pointer from junior F Carlynn Savant (Euless, Texas / Trinity HS), and then six straight points from junior F Tiffany Brooks (Leavenworth, Kan. / Leavenworth HS / Kansas State) on a pair of free throws sandwiched between two jumpers.
The Lions countered with a 12-6 run of their own, yet made their last field goal of the half with 11 minutes, 38 seconds left when Dana-Mae Robbs hit a jumper. From there, the Tigers closed the half on a 17-4 run - allowing just four free throws the rest of the half - in posting a 39-20 halftime lead. Mizzou held Missouri Southern to just 6-of-35 shooting (17.1 percent) in the first half.
Mizzou turned it on in the second half, making 57.1 percent of its shots (16-of-28). Once Mizzou pushed the lead back over 20 points with a layup from junior F EeTisha Riddle (O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon HS) just 1:24 into the second half, the Lions were able to dent that margin just twice the rest of the way.
Missouri scored 26 points off 20 Missouri Southern turnovers, and held a dominating 36-18 edge in the paint. The Tigers also had 12 blocks on the day.
"I was overly pleased with our performance today," Head Coach Cindy Stein said. "Our defense looked good at times. We had five or six players looking good at times, and there are others that are close to coming there. We have to take care of the ball better. There are a lot of good things to look forward to going into next week against Clemson."
The Tigers officially open their 32nd season of competition on Friday, Nov. 11, against Clemson in the first round of the WBCA/Basketball Travelers Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Mizzou's home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Northwestern. For tickets, visit the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office, call 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri) or go online to www.mutigers.com.
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