Nov. 18, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior RaeShara Brown missed a basket as time expired as the University of Memphis women's basketball team earned a come-from-behind 75-74 victory over the University of Missouri Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Missouri falls to 1-1 on the year while Memphis improves to 1-2.
After Mizzou junior Shakara Jones hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining in the contest to put the home team up one, 74-73, Memphis' Brittany Carter made a clutch jumper with 13 seconds on the clock for a 75-74 Memphis advantage. The visitors played tight defense to force a under the basket heave by Brown as time expired for the Memphis win.
Mizzou led by 20 points late in the first half and had a 17-point halftime advantage but Memphis outscored the home Tigers 51-33 in the final 20 minutes to pull out the victory.
Senior Jessra Johnson led the home team with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jones posted her fourth career double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Brown also hit double figures with 13 points to go along with three steals.
Missouri got off to a roaring start and scored the game's first seven points two and a half minutes into the contest. The home squad kept up the pace and eventually went up 15, 21-6, after Brown converted two free throws with 11:41 remaining in the first half.
Senior Amanda Hanneman knocked in a three at the 2:31 mark of the first to give Mizzou a 20-point, 41-21, advantage. Memphis scored the final three points of the break for a 41-24 Tiger lead at the half.
The visitors slowly chipped away at Missouri's lead in the second half and got within two, 47-45, when Brittany Carter made a layup with 13:23 remaining. Johnson responded with a three-point play to put Mizzou back on top 50-45 a minute and a half later.
Memphis tied the game at 60-60 when Bullard hit one of two free throws but Scott nailed a three-pointer on Mizzou's next possession to put the home Tigers back on top, 63-60, with 5:00 remaining in the game.
The visitors kept the score close and a driving layup by LaToya Bullard got Memphis back within one, 72-21, with1:55 on the clock. Bullard struck again with 38 seconds left for a 73-72 Memphis lead.
The Tigers travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. CT. The contest with the Hoosiers will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Missouri then hits the road again for the Seminole Class in Tallahassee, Fla., Nov. 27 and 29. Mizzou will face Florida A&M at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 27 before facing off with host No. 12/13 Florida State at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 29.
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