Dec. 29, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's basketball team shot a season high 54 percent, including 69 percent in the first half, en route to an 82-73 victory over the UAB Blazers Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. The win improved the Tigers' record to 8-4 on the season, while the Blazers fell to 7-5.
Senior RaeShara Brown posted her fourth double-double of the season and her career with 13 points and a career high 12 assists. Junior Christine Flores scored a game high 28 points to tie her personal best, to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Senior Shakara Jones had a season high 17 points and four assists and sophomore Sydney Crafton notched a career high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
With the Tigers trailing 9-8 early on, Brown drove to the basket and hit a layup to jumpstart an 11-0 Mizzou run. Flores and Jones each had five points apiece during the stretch, as Missouri built a 19-9 advantage with 12:25 left in the first frame.
The Tigers continued to increase its lead with hot shooting, as the team eventually went ahead by 18, 34-16, with 7:07 remaining in the first. Sophomore Sydney Crafton scored seven consecutive points for Mizzou to lead the squad. The Blazers' offense came to life in the final minutes of the half, as Missouri entered the break with a 47-30 advantage. The Tigers' 47 first half points and 69 percent shooting from the field were both season highs for any half this year.
After a layup from Flores gave Mizzou its biggest lead of the game, 53-34, three minutes into the second frame, UAB began to chip away at the Tigers' lead. The Blazers used a 20-10 run over the next seven minutes to cut their deficit to single digits, 63-54, with 10:11 on the clock. Missouri answered with a 9-2 run of its own, with all nine points coming on free throws, to go back up 17, 72-55, with 6:52 remaining.
UAB again started to cut into the Mizzou advantage but could not get closer than nine as Missouri held on for the 82-73 victory.
The Tigers had four players in double figures for the fourth consecutive game, the first time that has happened since early in the 2006-07 season. The team also shot 41.7 percent (5-12) from behind the arc to mark the second time this season, and in as many games, Mizzou has shot at least 40 percent from three-point range.
Mizzou hosts No. 23 Florida State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers then close out their non-conference schedule as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face the No. 4 Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. CST.
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