Dec. 5, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team cut a 15-point second half deficit to six but could not get any closer as Northwestern pulled out a 79-68 victory over the Tigers Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill. With the loss, Mizzou fell to 3-4 on the season, while Northwestern improved to 7-1.
With Missouri trailing by 14, 71-57, and 4:06 remaining, senior Shakara Jones hit a layup to jumpstart a 9-1 run by the Tigers and get the team within six, 72-66, with 2:15 left. Mizzou could not get any closer, however, as Northwestern hit its free throws in the final minutes to preserve the 79-68 Wildcat win.
Senior RaeShara Brown scored a career high 23 points to lead the Tigers, to go along with five steals. Jones and junior Christine Flores scored 16 points apiece, while sophomore Sydney Crafton grabbed a team high 10 rebounds.
Both team was hit their shots early, with the Tigers gaining an early 13-10 advantage just over five minutes into the contest. Four different players scored during the stretch, including six points from Jones.
Northwestern reeled off 11 straight points but Flores scored seven consecutive points for Missouri to bring the Tigers back within three, 23-20, with 7:08 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats responded to take a 10-point advantage, its biggest of the first half, after a basket from Amy Jaeschke for a 34-24 Northwestern lead with 2:16 left in the initial frame.
A three-pointer from freshman Tori Niemann, two free throws from Jones and a fastbreak layup from Brown cut Mizzou's deficit to 34-31 with just under a minute remaining. However, Northwestern used a three from Brittany Orban to enter the break ahead 37-31.
After another fastbreak layup from Brown brought the Tigers within four, 39-35, two minutes into the second half, the Wildcats scored nine straight points for a 47-37 game with 15:51 remaining in the contest. Northwestern eventually increased its lead to 15 points, 65-50, with 7:29 on the clock.
The Tigers used three straight baskets from Brown, a three and two layups, to get Mizzou within nine, 66-57, at the 5:35 mark. But the Wildcats use free throws to up its advantage back to 14 with 4:06 left in the contest.
After a month on the road, Missouri finally opens the home portion of its 2010-11 schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 7 with a game against UT Martin at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers then return to Mizzou Arena on Saturday, Dec. 11 for a game with UMKC at Noon. Both contests will be televised live on the Mizzou Sports Network, which can be found on Fox Sports Midwest in mid-Missouri and Metro Sports in Kansas City.
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