Nov. 14, 2010
CHARLESTON, Ill. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team scored 52 second half points but the team's rally fell short as Mizzou suffered a 81-73 loss to Eastern Illinois Sunday afternoon in Charleston, Ill. The Tigers dropped to 1-1 on the season, while the Panthers improved to 1-1.
Junior Christine Flores scored a career high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds. Senior RaeShara Brown recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and dished out a career best eight assists and nabbed five steals. Sophomore Sydney Crafton also notched a career high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting
Senior Jasmyn Otote scored the game's first five points as the Tigers took an early 5-0 advantage with 18:11 left in the opening frame. The teams stayed close over the first part of the half until back-to-back three-pointers from the Panthers gave the home squad its first lead of the contest, 18-15, at the 9:02 mark.
Crafton nailed a jumper off an inbounds play to halt a 10-0 Eastern Illinois run and then grabbed an offensive board and hit the layup on Mizzou's following possession. The basket cut Missouri's deficit to 28-21 with 3:36 remaining in first half. However the Panthers hit four free throws to enter the half with an 11-point, 32-21, advantage.
Eastern Illinois built a 45-31 lead midway through the second half but the Tigers reeled off an 11-2 run or a 47-43 game with 10:19 remaining. Mizzou used three consecutive baskets from Flores, four free throws from Brown and another two from Flores to cut into the Panthers' advantage. Crafton made a basket and Brown sank a three to get Missouri within one, 49-48, at the 8:48 mark.
The Tigers tied up the score at 52-52 with 7:17 on the clock off two Crafton free throws and again a minute and a half later when Flores hit a basket. But the Panthers responded with 10 straight points to pull ahead 65-54 with 3:50 left in the contest.
Flores made a three-pointer and Brown hit one of two free throws to trim Eastern Illinois' lead to 65-59 with 2:24 on the clock. The teams traded baskets over the next minute and the Panthers made their free throws to preserve the victory.
Mizzou is idle next week and does not hit the court again until the team travels to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., for the Paradise Jam, Nov. 25-27. The Tigers open play with a game against No. 4 Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 25. Missouri then faces No. 13 Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 26 and Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 27.