Dec. 13, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team ran out to a 21-0 lead as the team earned a 71-32 win over Murray State on Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers improve to 7-2 with the win while the Racers fall to 4-5.
Sophomore Christine Flores posted the first double-double of her career with 16 points and a career high 12 rebounds, to go along with seven blocks. The block total tied the MU single-game record, previously set by Amanda Lassiter against Western Kentucky and Stretch James against Southwest Missouri State, on Dec. 4, 1999 and Dec. 10, 2003, respectively.
Junior RaeShara Brown also notched double figures with 11 points and five steals, while sophomore Kendra Frazier recorded personal bests of eight points and 10 boards. Senior Toy Richbow added a season high eight points.
Mizzou's offense and defense was on fire to start the game, as the team gained a 7-0 lead at the 16:46 mark, with baskets from three different players, and forced the Racers into turnovers on their first three possessions. The Tigers did not let up as the team built its lead to 21-0, including baskets from six different players, after sophomore BreAnna Brock hit a free throw with 9:32 remaining in the first half.
After forcing Murray State into missing its first 12 shots, Missouri finally allowed a Racer bucket when Kayla Vance hit a jumper with 9:18 left in the first 20 minutes.
A jumper by Frazier with 4:13 on the clock gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the first half, 35-8. The Racers went on a 7-2 run of their own to close the half, as Mizzou entered the break with a 37-15 advantage.
Two three-pointers from Brown and consecutive layups from Flores to open the second half gave Missouri a 47-17 lead with 17:24 remaining in the contest.
After Racer Tessa Elkins made a jumper, the Tigers closed the game with a 14-4 run for the 71-32 victory.
Missouri returns to Mizzou Arena on Monday, Dec. 21 for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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