Dec. 28, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team claimed its sixth consecutive victory as the team picked up a 71-44 victory over North Texas Monday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers improve to 9-2 on the season with the win, while the Mean Green falls to 4-9.
Senior Toy Richbow and junior Shakara Jones paced the Tigers with 11 points apiece, a new career high for Richbow. Sophomore Christine Flores posted nine points while senior Jessra Johnson and junior Jasmyn Otote each added eight. Junior RaeShara Brown nabbed a career high seven steals for the second consecutive game to go along with a team high six assists.
The two teams stayed tight through the early going, with the Tigers nursing a slim 10-8 advantage with 16:07 on the clock after Flores hit two free throws. The Mean Green then reeled off nine consecutive points to go on top 17-10 with 11:43 remaining in the first half.
Mizzou chipped away at the North Texas lead thanks to the play of Otote. With the Mean Green holding a 22-17 lead, the guard made two free throws and hit a big three-pointer with 6:10 left in the first to tie the game at 22-22. After North Texas' Chynna Burwell hit a basket, senior Amanda Hanneman hit another three for the Tigers to give the team a 25-24 advantage with 3:33 on the clock.
Four consecutive points from senior Jessra Johnson closed out first half scoring as Missouri entered the break with a 29-24 lead.
The Tigers came out firing in the second half as the team ran off a 12-0 run over the first five minutes. Jones scored the first five points of the run with a three-pointer and a layup, while Brown grabbed a steal and made the fast break layup to give Mizzou a 41-24 advantage with 14:48 left in the game.
Missouri continued to pull away and used back-to-back baskets from Richbow, including a reverse layup, for a 24-point Tiger lead, 57-33, with 5:35 on the clock.
A jumper from sophomore BreAnna Brock gave the home team its biggest lead of the night, 67-39, with just over a minute remaining, as the Tigers played hard to the end for the 71-44 victory.
Missouri returns to the court with a home contest against Duquesne on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11:30 a.m. The Tigers then close out their non-conference schedule with a 6:30 p.m. game against No. 13/15 Xavier on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Mizzou Arena.
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