Dec. 8, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. - Senior Jessra Johnson became the 27th player in Missouri history to reach 1,000 points as she helped the women's basketball team to a hard-fought 52-46 victory over Bradley Tuesday night in Peoria, Ill. The Tigers improve to 5-2 on the season while the Braves fall to 2-5.
Johnson narrowly missed a double-double for the third game in a row with a team high 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior RaeShara Brown added 10 points and tied a personal best with five steals. Sophomore Christine Flores scored nine points while junior Shakara Jones had eight points and 10 rebounds.
As a team the Tigers outrebounded the Braves 49-41, including 26 offensive boards, and nabbed 16 steals.
Mizzou opened a 13-6 advantage over the first 10 minutes of the contest as five different Tigers scored the team's first six baskets. The Braves fought back to pull within two, 17-15, after Renee Frericks nailed a three with 6:28 on the clock but Missouri used back-to-back baskets from Jones and senior Marissa Scott and a free throw from Johnson to go up 22-15 with 4:21 remaining in the first.
An 8-0 run by Bradley over the next three minutes, with four points apiece from Jenny Van Kirk and Leah Kassing, put the Braves on top, 23-22, with 1:07 on the clock. Neither team managed to score over the final minute as Bradley went into the half with a one-point advantage.
Johnson opened scoring in the second half with her 999th and 1,000th career points as the Tigers retook a 24-23 lead with 18:40 on the clock. Two consecutive three-points from Bradley gave the Braves their biggest lead of the game, 29-24, with 17:37 left in the game.
Brown caught fire from long distance as the hit two consecutive three-pointers of own, only her third and fourth of the season, to knot the contest at 32-32 with 14:04 remaining. Sophomore Mizzou then went up one, 33-32, less than two minutes later when sophomore Christine Flores hit one-of-two free throws.
The score see-sawed back and forth for the next few minutes but a third-chance layup from Johnson and a basket from Jones gave the Tigers a 44-39 advantage with 5:59 remaining in the game. Bradley responded with four points to cut Mizzou's lead to 44-43 but senior Marissa Scott nailed a big three-pointer with 3:39 on the clock to put the Tigers back up 47-43.
With Mizzou leading 49-46 with 51.9 remaining, Brown missed the front end of a one-and-one but senior Amanda Hanneman grabbed the offensive rebound and Johnson hit two free throws after getting fouled for a 51-46 Tiger advantage with 44.6 left in the game.
Another free throw from Johnson gave Mizzou a 52-46 lead with 31.9 remaining while the Tigers played stout defense and held the Braves without a basket for the remainder of the contest.
Missouri returns to Mizzou Arena for a pair of contests against Texas-Pan American on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Murray State on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. The game against Murray State will be televised live on the Mizzou Sports Network with Beau Baehman on play-by-play duties and former Iowa State Cyclone Anne O'Neil serving as the color analyst. The contest can be found on Fox Sports Midwest in mid-Missouri, Metro Sports in Kansas City, in addition to Universal Sports in Columbia. -30-
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