Dec. 10, 2011
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Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers beat the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 69-52 on Saturday (Dec. 10) in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers started the game on a 21-0 run, an advantage that never dropped below 12 points. The Tigers stifled North Dakota's offensive game by holding the Fighting Sioux to just 29 percent shooting, and received a big boost from Christine Flores, who followed a triple-double by tying her career high of 29 points in a single game. Freshman Morgan Eye also tied her career high with 16 points in the contest.
Missouri got off to a fast start, as Brock and Flores combined for seven points in the first two minutes of action, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the 18-minute mark. A North Dakota air ball on the ensuing in-bounds play then translated to a Flores three pointer, and that was followed up by yet another Brock layup. On the next Tigers possession, Flores made a layup while getting fouled, then sunk the free throw to complete the three point play. Eye became the first Tiger not named Brock or Flores to score, as she hit a three pointer at the 15:48 mark. The shot made the score 18-0 favoring Missouri as the game entered the first media timeout.
After the break, Eye hit another three pointer, capping off a 21-0 Missouri run to start the game, and her shot was followed with North Dakota's first made shot. Eye responded with two more three pointers in succession, boosting her to 12 points at the 12:15 mark. With the score 27-6, Flores made a layup to put her in double-digit scoring for the game. Brock followed that layup with a jump shot of her own, giving Mizzou a 31-8 lead. The Tigers did not let up throughout the half, as they forced a turnover in North Dakota's end of the court after a missed jumper. The turnover turned into two points for Mizzou as Eye's jumper went through for two points.
Sydney Crafton became the fourth Tiger to reach the score chart as she hit two free throws at the 5:30 mark. After the Tigers forced another turnover, Brock reached double digit scoring for the game when she netted two free throws. Eye tied her career high of 16 points when she hit two free throws at the 16-second mark. Missouri went into the locker room leading 40-25, their largest halftime lead of the season.
Again Missouri came out of the locker room with a fast start, scoring on their second possession as Brock sunk both free throws after being fouled on a layup attempt. After North Dakota answered with a layup, Flores drained yet another three, her third of the contest. Brock's aggression near the rim again paid off when she made two more free throws on yet another North Dakota foul at the 16-minute mark. Junior Liene Priede got on the board with a layup as the Tigers led 47-33, extending the Mizzou lead to 16 points with less than 15 minutes remaining.
With 13:40 remaining, Missouri kept the lead at 16 went Brock made two more free throws. Missouri kept drawing fouls by driving to the hoop, and it paid off again as Flores made her two free throws after the under-12 media timeout to push the Tigers' lead back to 17 points. Several possessions later, Flores was fouled again and, again, made both free throws.
Two Fighting Sioux free throws cut the lead to 12 with 7:44 remaining. Missouri's earlier aggressiveness continued to pay off, as the Flores took advantage of a backcourt foul with two free throws thanks to the Tigers being in the bonus. Flores then made her fourth three-pointer of the game, increasing the Tigers' lead back to 17 points. After the Fighting Sioux made a free throw, Flores responded with four straight points to give Missouri a 20-point lead.
Missouri then cruised the rest of the way, holding North Dakota to just five points over the final four minutes. Junior Liz Smith scored her first points of the game with a layup at the 1:12 mark.
The Tigers' next home game is Monday, December 19 against the Evansville Purple Aces. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for all the latest updates on Mizzou Women's Basketball. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MissouriWBB) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/MissouriWBB).