Dec. 21, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Alyssa Hollins hit a three-pointer with 1:14 remaining to give the Tigers its first lead of the second half as the University of Missouri women's basketball held on for a 56-55 victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark. The win was the fifth consecutive for Mizzou as the team improves its record to 6-4 while Arkansas falls to 9-3.
Down 51-43 with four minutes left in the game, the Tigers went on a 14-4 run to close out the contest. Hollins converted two free throws with 55 seconds remaining for a 54-51 lead and sophomore RaeShara Brown hit two more with the Tigers up one, 54-53, with 13.8 seconds on the clock.
Arkansas had a chance to tie the game but Razorback Ceira Ricketts made a layup with 1.4 seconds left. The Tigers managed to inbounds the ball and steal the victory.
Junior Jessra Johnson led Mizzou with 17 points and nine rebounds while Hollins chipped in 16 points.
The two teams traded baskets the opening minutes of he game as the Tigers took a 10-9 lead after sophomore RaeShara Brown nabbed a steal and Johnson made an offensive putback with15:08 left in the first.
The Tigers increased their lead to 15-11 when senior Alyssa Hollins hit a three-pointer with 11:05 remaining but Arkansas came storming back to take a 17-15 lead with 8:39 on the clock.
Two free throws by Rickets with 26 seconds remaining gave the home team a 26-21 advantage but junior Amanda Hanneman nailed a three 12 seconds later to give the Razorbacks a 26-24 halftime lead.
Johnson opened scoring in the second off when she converted a layup off a pass from redshirt freshman Bekah Mills to tie the contest at 26-26 with 16:57 on the clock.
Arkansas used a 10-6 run over the next four minutes to earn a six-point advantage, 36-30, at the 12:33 mark. The Razorbacks improved its lead to 45-38 but the Tigers used five free throws to get back within two, 45-43 with 5:16 left.
Five consecutive points from Razorback Shanita Arnold gave Arkansas an eight-point advantage, 51-43.
The Tigers have an eight-day layoff before returning home to Mizzou Arena for a game with in-state rival SEMO on Monday, Dec. 29. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m., the game has been moved to 3 p.m. to allow fans to watch the Valera Alamo Bowl at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Admission to the contest with SEMO is free.
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