Dec. 19, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball used a 52-8 points in the paint advantage to help the team to a 72-37 victory over the NJIT Highlanders Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The win improved Mizzou's record to 6-4 on the year, while the Highlanders fell to 1-8.
Four Tigers reached double figures for the second straight game, led by senior RaeShara Brown's 18 points. Brown came close to a triple-double as she also grabbed nine rebounds and nabbed a career high tying seven steals. She was joined in double figures by senior Shakara Jones and juniors Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. Jones notched 11 points and nine boards, Flores had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and Brock added a career best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Both teams struggled from the field in the early going, as the score remained close. The Tigers used a layup from sophomore Sydney Crafton to go on top 13-5 but the Highlanders got a three from Jessica Gerald to cut Mizzou's lead to four points.
With Mizzou holding a four-point advantage, 18-14, the Tigers reeled off 23 consecutive points to jump out to a 41-14 lead with 4:18 remaining in the first. Flores led Missouri with eight points during the run, while Brown had eight points and Mizzou's defense held NJIT scoreless for almost six minutes.
The Highlanders finally broke the run when Jelena Zoric nailed a three-pointer with 3:43 remaining in the first half. However, Jones made two straight layups to give the Tigers a 45-17 halftime advantage.
A 14-7 run to open the second frame gave Mizzou its biggest lead of the game, 59-21, after Flores made a layup with 14:42 left in the contest. The two teams played even for the remained of the game as the Tigers pulled out the 72-37 win.
Missouri scored 31 points off NJIT's 23 turnovers and held the Highlanders to 23.2 percent shooting from the floor. The Tigers also hit 15-of-17 free throws to shoot 88.2 percent from the foul line.
Mizzou returns to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 21 for a 7 p.m. contest against the UC Riverside Highlanders at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers are then off until they host the UAB Blazers on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
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